It's an anniversary celebration - 20 years of Jazz Aspen Snowmass, 30 years of the Aspen Community Foundation and to toast it all, a fabulous, free performance by soul, rhythm and blues singer extraordinaire Ryan Shaw. As Shaw wows the audience, there'll be cafe-style seating and food and beverage for purchase from our area's local eateries. Just another perfect reason to stick around Aspen, just a little longer. The Free Community Concert aka "The Big Dance", this Friday, July 23 from 5-9 in downtown Aspen. More info, www.jazzaspen.org.
A summer music extravaganza starts tonight on Fanny Hill, and continues down the mountain to Base Camp Grill. The free tunes start around 6, with Papa Grows Funk. They're a staple on the New Orleans club scene and a surefire way to get the crowd moving on a hot Snowmass summer afternoon. Then, local rock and groovers Jes Grew will carry the torch down to Base Village, for music into the night. Join your fellow frolickers tonight on Fanny Hill, in Snowmass. More info, www.snowmassvillage.com
The weather keeps getting better and this weekend is a splendid time to leisurely enjoy downtown Aspen. The Aspen Chamber Resort Association presents the 8th Annual Aspen Art Festival at Wagner Park. Free admission, and featuring regional, national and international art, all original and all hand-made in the U.S. For more details, www.aspenchamber.org.