Summer is just around the corner! And while I get excited thinking about picnics and beautiful sunny days, I am just as excited about filling my nights with sweet summer concerts. There are tons of awesome bands headed to Aspen this summer that you won’t want to miss. Here are my picks for must-see Aspen concerts.
Bonobo (May 11 @ BellyUP tickets: $29)
This will be a great show to start the summer out right! Bonobo (Simon Green) has been releasing down tempo electronic music for nearly two decades, and his latest release Migration certainly reflects the prowess he’s gained over the years.
This is the type of concert where you can get completely lost in soft silky beats and gentle dance tracks.
Old Crow Medicine Show performing Bob Dylan’s Blonde on Blonde (May 13 @ BellyUP tickets $60)
A celebration of 50 years since the release of Bob Dylan’s classic (and dare I say best?) album Blonde on Blonde, Old Crow Medicine Show will be touring their take on the entire album this summer.
This is one of those rare chances where you get to see a favorite honor their favorite. Old Crow’s cover album is set to be released on April 28th but they’ve already released a live performance of the first couple tracks and if it’s any indication of what the rest of the show will look like, it’s sure to be sweet.
Jurassic 5 (June 3@ Belly UP tickets: $68)
I think I already know this will be the most fun night of the summer. Hip-hop legends Jurassic 5 are still going strong after their 2013 reunion and serving up high-energy shows. These guys are pros with tight rhymes and loyal fans that know how to get into a show. There will likely be plenty of surprises in the form of weird instruments and freestyles.
Gary Clark Jr. (June 23 & 24th @ BellyUP tickets: $95)
When you hear Gary Clark Jr.’s silky smooth voice and wildly skillful guitar riffs you know you’re in the presence of a true master. Over the years, he’s experimented with blending blues, R&B, and soul and collaborated with a myriad of performers from Alicia Keys to the Foo Fighters to Childish Gambino.
I can’t wait to see this young legend in the making slay the crowd.
Thievery Corporation (July 3-4 @ Belly UP; tickets: $98)
I’m excited to be drowned in the weird blend of reggae, acid jazz, electronica, hip-hop and…sitars?… that somehow make up Thievery Corporation. There aren’t too many groups that could survive and thrive for as long as they have making low-budget, experimental midtempo jams.
These guys are known for bringing along lots of friends to shows so hopefully there will be some surprise guests!
Flume (July 6 @ Belly UP; tickets; $141)
Flume is hot off a 2017 Grammy win for Best Dance/Electronic Album- and with good reason! The 2016 album Skin has been everywhere and is full of some juicy EDM bops like Never Be Like You and Say It. Flume puts on the best kind of EDM show: a blend of recognizable top-40 tracks to sing along to and beats to go crazy for.
Lyle Lovett and His Large Band (July 22 @ Belly UP tickets $115)
The namesake of his classic 1989 country album, Lyle Lovett’s large band is not kidding around- an army of vocalists, horns, and strings fill the stage at these shows. I love when seasoned musicians bring a crowd along on tour because the night almost always features and celebrates lots of unexpected talent onstage. This is sure to be that kind of night!
Spoon (August 8 @ Belly UP; tickets $70)
You can always count on these indie pop vets to put on a good show. They’re fresh off the March release of their ninth album Hot Thoughts, a strong collection of tracks with that catchy/hazy Spoon vibe. They’ll definitely play some of their classics like I Turn My Camera On and The Underdog but I’m most excited to see them undoubtedly play their new stuff with the same reliable polish.
Jazz Aspen Snowmass (JAS) September Experience Festival (September 1-3 @ Snowmass Town Park; tickets: 3 day $255)
Lineup: Maroon 5, Keith Urban, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, The Roots, St. Paul & The Broken Bones.
Sure, there will be some Adam Levine or Keith Urban fans that are super into the headliners of this fest, but I’m most excited for a couple of the lower-billed bands on this stacked lineup.
Most notably, St. Paul & The Broken Bones.
Imagine watching Sam Smith and Otis Redding’s love-child in the body of a suburban bank teller crooning his little heart out to zesty soul numbers and fully accompanied by a six-piece band. That is St. Paul & the Broken Bones.
Another gem is Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, a powerhouse for Americana soul. This fest will be the perfect cap to summer.