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NIGHTLIFE & LIVE MUSIC BELLY UP ASPEN This locals' favorite venue hosts national, regional, local, and superstar acts. 450 S. Galena St., 970-544-9800; JAS CAFÉ The JAS Café features live jazz curated by Jazz Aspen Snowmass in an underground white-tablecloth club at The Nell and on the rooftop deck of the Aspen Art Museum. 970-920-4996; jazzaspensnowmass .org/jazzcafe THE RED ONION Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, and John Denver are just a few of the legends who have performed at this Aspen landmark that opened in 1892 as a saloon. Today, the restaurant and bar remains a popular spot to catch big acts passing through. 420 E. Cooper Ave., 970-925-9955; STEVE'S GUITARS Proprietor Steve Standiford refers to his venue as "The Shop," an intimate music room within a guitar store that has hosted live music almost every Friday night for more than 20 years. 19 N. Fourth St., Carbondale, 970-963-3304; coast. 216 S. Monarch St., 970-920- 2555; SHLOMO'S DELI & GRILL Situated at the base of Aspen Mountain, this upscale deli with an expansive outdoor patio is a mainstay for pizzas, salads, and burgers, but also specializes in chef Shlomo Ben-Hamoo's Jewish deli classics, like pastrami and corned beef sandwiches as well as the popular matzo ball soup. 501 E. Dean St., 970-315-4055 SO CAFÉ Located atop the Aspen Art Museum, SO Café features an innovative, rotating weekly menu of local ingredients prepared by AAM culinary partners Julia and Allen Domingos. 637 E. Hyman Ave., 970-925-8050; visit/aam-cafe STEAKHOUSE NO. 316 NYC-style steakhouse fare paired with healthy seafood dishes and superb salads means there's something for everyone at this dark and intimate dinner destination. 316 E. Hopkins Ave., 970-920-1893; TOWN This communal daytime coffee shop, bakery, and café turns into a lively restaurant and craft cocktail bar come 5 pm. The seasonal menu features entrées like butternut squash enchiladas and seed-crusted steelhead trout. 348 Main St., Carbondale, 970-963-6328; WHITE HOUSE TAVERN The elegenat White House Tavern serves elevated pub fare—including burgers, sandwiches, and salads—as well as craft cocktails in an intimate, 19th-century miner's cottage. 302 E. Hopkins Ave., 970-925-1007; THE WILD FIG The Wild Fig is a charming Mediterranean brasserie boasting flavors from France, Spain, Italy, and Greece. 315 E. Hyman Ave., 970- 925-5160; WILLOW CREEK BISTRO Located inside the Ritz-Carlton at Aspen Highlands, this upscale eatery offers contemporary American cuisine made with local ingredients. 76 Prospector Road, 970-429-2327 WOODY CREEK TAVERN Come hungry to the eclectic bar and restaurant where Hunter S. Thompson hung his hat. 2858 Upper River Road, Woody Creek, 970-923- 4585; FESTIVALS THE ASPEN INSTITUTE This global institution's summer programming includes the Walter Isaacson-founded Aspen Ideas Festival (June 22 through July 1), now in its 12th year, and the AspenBrainLab (August 10), a cosponsored event in which 15 leading experts will speak to brain health, impairment, creativity, and more. 1000 N. Third St., 970- 925-7010; ASPEN MUSIC FESTIVAL AND SCHOOL With hundreds of classical music events taking place over the course of eight weeks, this festival counts as one of the country's largest. June 29– August 20, 970-925-9042; FOOD & WINE CLASSIC The ne plus ultra of food and wine festivals in the country, this weekend fête (the official kick-off to the summer season) features celebrity chefs, cooking seminars, grand tastings, and nighttime soirées in venues all over town. June 16–18; JAZZ ASPEN SNOWMASS JUNE EXPERIENCE The whole city transforms into a music venue for this four-day festival (June 23 through July 1), which will see headliners like Jon Batiste, Michael McDonald, and Earth, Wind & Fire perform at the Benedict Music Tent, and smaller acts at the Aspen Art Museum and The Little Nell. 960 N. Third St., 970-920- 4996; JAZZ ASPEN SNOWMASS LABOR DAY EXPERIENCE JAS toasts the end of summer with a big-ticket blow-out (September 1 through 3) at Snowmass Town Park, featuring acts like Lake Street Dive, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Keith Urban, Maroon 5, The Roots, and more. Town Park, Snowmass Village, 970-920-4996; SNOWMASS FREE CONCERT SERIES Returning for its 26th summer season, the Snowmass Free Concert Series invites guests to 11 outdoor, free-of- charge concerts at the Fanny Hill ampitheater, through September 9. The festivities kick off with Hot Buttered Rum on June 10. Fanny Hill, Snowmass Village, 970-922-2233; SNOWMASS RODEO The Snowmass Rodeo celebrates 44 years this summer with 10 weeks of saddle bronc, bull riding, roping, and racing. June 14 through August 23, 2735 Brush Creek Road, Snowmass Village, 970-923-8898; Summer sendoff: A punctuation mark to close Aspen's sunny season, JAS's Labor Day Experience brings big-name acts (such as Lenny Kravitz, in 2015) to Snowmass Village. This year? Maroon 5, Keith Urban, and The Roots. ASPENPEAK-MAGAZINE.COM  131

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