The 7th Street Beautification Project scheduled to begin on Tuesday, February 19 is postponed. The City will notify the public once a new construction schedule is set. The street will remain open to vehicle and pedestrian access until construction begins.
Jazz Aspen Snowmass on Tuesday announced the initial lineup of nine musicians and six venues for its reformatted June Experience, which moves the festival to multiple venues in downtown Aspen from its longtime home at the Benedict Music Tent.
Running from Thursday, June 20 to Sunday, June 23, the format is aimed at creating a walkable venue-to-venue festival of staggered shows.
Events will kick off Thursday with two rooftop performances at the Aspen Art Museum featuring New Orleans brass band-meets-Mardi-Gras Indian krewe Cha Wa — a 2019 Grammy Nominee for Best Regional Roots Album.
In addition to the Aspen Art Museum, Jazz Aspen plans to utilize space at Belly Up Aspen, downstairs at The Little Nell, the Velvet Buck at the St. Regis, the Hotel Jerome garden, Victoria’s Espresso & Wine Bar and yet-to-be announced venues.
On Saturday, American blues legend Taj Mahal will perform at Belly Up, with additional shows that day to include Patti Austin, Bria Skonberg, the legendary Afro-pop and jazz bassist/vocalist Richard Bona, and R&B and jazz vocalist Jose James celebrating Bill Withers with his “Lean on Me” performance (a standout of the 2018 JAS Café lineup).
The June Experience will conclude on Sunday with additional performances from Jose James of “Lean on Me” as well as a separate jazz standards set, calypso and carnival themed shows from Caribbean-born trumpeter Etienne Charles, and a jazz mini-marathon hosted by American jazz trombonist and band leader Wycliffe Gordon and Friends at The Little Nell. Also on Sunday, the Hotel Jerome will host a New Orleans-syle gospel brunch in the garden from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Brunch tickets will be sold separately from the passes with ticket information and artists to be announced at a later date. Additional venues are also expected to be announced in coming weeks.
The Roaring Fork Valley regional bus system topped 5 million passengers for a third time in 2018 but didn’t set a record.
The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority recorded a system-wide ridership of 5.21 million last year, according to preliminary numbers. That was down by 65,088 passengers, or 1.23 percent, from 5.28 million in 2017, according to a report by CEO Dan Blankenship.
He said 2018 started slower than 2017 because of the mild winter last year. Ridership was down more than 8 percent in January 2018 compared with the month the year prior. It was down 2.6 percent in February and 6.6 percent in March 2018 compared with 2017.
The 2018 ridership started to make up ground during the summer. For example, ridership on the Maroon Bells buses was up 27,603 passengers, or nearly 13 percent, in 2018, the report showed. Buses hauled 243,165 passengers to the popular Maroon Lake area.
Blankenship noted that the 2017 numbers didn’t include special services tied to the construction of the Grand Avenue Bridge. RFTA filtered out that extra ridership to make it an apples-to-apples comparison.