Jazz Aspen Snowmass announces parts of Labor Day Festival lineup
SNOWMASS VILLAGE – Jazz Aspen Snowmass has only announced a portion of the lineup for its 2012 Labor Day Festival, and already it’s covering a broad range of styles: classic rock and hard rock, country and jazz, funk and hip-hop and New Orleans R&B. And that’s with just four acts announced.Among the artists scheduled to play the main stage at the Labor Day Festival, set for Aug. 31 to Sept. 2 in Snowmass Village, are Kid Rock, whose music spans from metal to classic country to rap, and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, which swings from the jazz of its New Orleans hometown to hip-hop and old-school R&B.Also announced are the Steve Miller Band, whose hits “The Joker” and “Space Cowboy” formed part of the core of ’70s classic rock, and Sugarland, a multiplatinum-selling country-pop group.Kid Rock and Sugarland are making their local debuts, while the Steve Miller Band performed at the 2004 Labor Day Festival. Trombone Shorty has made several appearances in the Aspen area, most recently in December at the Wheeler Opera House.Additional artists and the daily schedule are still to be announced.Tickets go on sale Thursday. Jazz Aspen is introducing a new three-day pass option. A limited number of three-day passes will be sold for $175. Single-day tickets will go on sale at a date to be announced. Passes are available by calling 866-JAS-TIXX, at http://www.jazzaspensnowmass.org or at the Belly Up box office, 970-544-9800.Kid Rock – aka Michigan-born singer Bob Ritchie – came to prominence with 1998’s “Devil Without a Cause,” an album that mixed Southern rock, country and rap. The album sold more than 11 million copies, earned two Grammy nominations and landed Kid Rock a slot on the Woodstock 1999 festival. Since then, he has collaborated with the likes of Bob Seger, Metallica, Sheryl Crow and the Roots and has been nominated for a Grammy in the Best Rock Album category and for an Academy of Country Music Award. His most recent album, 2010’s “Born Free,” featured appearances by country singers Martina McBride and Zac Brown and rapper T.I.Sugarland, the duo of Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush, has had five No. 1 country singles and has repeatedly won awards as best vocal duo from both the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music. Last year Sugarland contributed a version of Bob Dylan’s “Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You” to the tribute album “Chimes of Freedom.”The Steve Miller Band, led by singer-guitarist Miller, broke through with its eighth album, 1973’s “The Joker,” whose title track was a No. 1 hit. The band followed with “Fly Like an Eagle” and “Book of Dreams,” both multiplatinum sellers. After a long gap between albums, Miller has released two albums in the past two years: 2010’s “Bingo” and last year’s “Let Your Hair Down.”The seven-piece Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue is led by Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, whose professional career began at age 7 when he joined his brother James’ jazz band. With Orleans Avenue, Andrews has added funk, R&B and hip-hop to his New Orleans base. His 2011 album “For True” features contributions from Kid Rock, Beck, Warren Haynes and Lenny Kravitz. The group sold out its December show at the Wheeler and has played at the Bonnaroo Festival in Tennessee, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass in San Francisco, and Fuji Rock in Japan.