Hot Tickets for Late Summer 2017

Summer’s been busy — so busy, that we never got around to telling you about the most anticipated events of the season. But now that the kids are back in school, and the packed calendar and frenzy of the high season has passed, we’d like to highlight some hot-ticket entertainment options before plunging into the depths of off-season. For those who are still in town or plan to come back for the year’s most glorious month, September, Aspen Times Arts Editor Andrew Travers fills us in on his top picks on the arts and culture scene — and there’s plenty to balance with this time of year’s phenomenal hiking, biking, leaf-peeping, and other late-season recreational pursuits. Here you go.

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Hall & Oates | Sept. 1 | Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Experience, Snowmass Town Park
You’d be hard-pressed not to have heard that Hall & Oates, the third best-selling musical duo of all time, are playing the Friday show of the Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Experience. Although the rock/soul pair has never played for an Aspen audience together before, it could be considered a farewell show for Oates, who lived in Woody Creek for 25 years and just recently put his property up for sale after moving full time to Nashville. Locals who have gotten to know Oates — who spent plenty of time on the local slopes, raised a son in the valley, and appeared on many a local stage during his tenure — should expect “the kind of show that gets a little extra excitement and love from those guys because of the local connection,” says Travers.

As of this writing, tickets for Friday’s show are still available, though the Saturday and Sunday lineups are sold out. It may be that the Friday billing, which starts later (6 pm for the opening act, Lake Street Drive) than the other two days, takes longer to sell out. But given Hall & Oates’ huge following — they regularly fill arenas all over the country — don’t expect to walk up and buy tickets Friday night. Buy tickets and passes online here.


MADshowArtFINAL_copy-page-001The MAD Show | Sept. 12-16 | Aspen Theatre Festival, Theatre Aspen
After a few years of presenting works in various stages of development, Theatre Aspen landed “a really big show,” according to Travers, for its third annual Aspen Theatre Festival. Written by Second City company member and Mad TV writer Rich Talarico (who has also written for Saturday Night Live and The Tonight Show, among others) and starring top theater and TV talent, The MAD Show is a musical mashup that “looks like it’s for sure Broadway bound,” says Travers. In an altogether interesting approach, Aspen audiences will be treated to this piece in progress — in components and in its totality, and at various private and public venues — as its cast and crew finalize its development. “Once people know what it is, it will be really buzzy,” says Travers. “It could be years before it ends up on Broadway but it’s cool for Aspen to be part of that.”

Tickets: E-mail madaspenlist(at) to get on a list of potential private audience members. For the four public shows (Act I, Act II, and the full performance at the Wheeler), buy tickets online through Aspen Show Tix or by phone (970-920-5770) or in person through the Wheeler Box Office.


Ghostland Observatory | Sept. 22 | Belly Up Aspen
GLO_MG11_CroppedThere doesn’t seem to be much of an off-season at the Belly Up, whose September lineup includes a couple of hot tickets. Ghostland Observatory, a synthesizer-based rock band out of Austin, has a strong local following due to its previous appearances, including a SkiCo Hi-Fi Concert Series show early in the duo’s career. “This is the Belly Up at its best,” says Travers. “Off-season weekend nights when it’s full of locals and whoever else is in town. Should be good energy.” (And this show could sell out, he adds.)

Tickets and reserved seating available online through the Belly Up website, or call 970-785-8500 for more info.


Oberst_MG14_CroppedConor Oberst | Sept. 30 | Belly Up Aspen
A second September hot ticket at Aspen’s premier live music venue is Conor Oberst, whom Travers calls a “folk art genius.” Known best for his work with Bright Eyes, Oberst has filled the Belly Up a handful of times already, and although he was considered “the voice of a generation about a decade ago,” says Travers, he still has a hard-core following among older millennials.

Tickets and reserved seating available online through the Belly Up website, or call 970-785-8500 for more info.



wwwMattpowerphotography.comSept 21, 2016Film Festwed nightAspen Filmfest | Oct. 3-8 | Wheeler Opera House
As of this writing, we don’t know the film lineup for Aspen Film’s marquee event — films can be submitted for consideration through the end of August and the schedule is announced to the public on Sept. 14. But, count on being ready to buy tickets for the opening night movie, which is typically the big Oscar-season title, says Travers. Beyond that, Aspen Filmfest’s other prime-time (8 pm) shows, those with the big stars or festival buzz, also often sell out. Here’s some general ticket and membership info.

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