Where are the best places to hear live music in Aspen?

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During the summer months, outdoor concerts are ongoing, whether it’s the free music series every Thursday night at Snowmass or the ongoing classical performances put on at the Benedict Music Tent by the Aspen Music Festival and School. Jazz Aspen Snowmass hosts two big concert festivals every year, one in June and one on Labor Day weekend in September. They feature big headlining acts that vary from year to year; performers have included Kanye West, the Allman Brothers, Sheryl Crow and Fergie. In winter, the Belly Up is the only live music venue in town, but it’s a small, intimate hot spot that draws talented acts. It’s a great place to see a show by anyone’s standards.

In the summer, every street corner is the perfect place for a concert in Aspen! Thanks to the Aspen Music Festival and School, which comes to town June through August, classical music can be heard on the streets outside coffee shops and in stellar venues like Benedict Music Tent or Harris Hall. The listening lawn outside Benedict Music Tent is a great location for a picnic while listening to classical tunes, and it’s also free. The Belly Up offers live acts throughout the year, with most shows starting at 9 p.m. The Limelight Lodge has free live music throughout the year in its comfortable lobby. Jazz Aspen Snowmass schedules a variety of programming throughout the year in several locations from large festivals to intimate jazz club-style performances at the Little Nell. Be sure to check the local newspapers and consult with our concierge to make sure you know what’s going on in town.

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