Lionel Richie, Zac Brown Band to headline 2018 JAS Labor Day Experience
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Jazz Aspen Snowmass has announced the first few artists who will take part in its 2018 Labor Day Experience next summer. Lionel Richie and the Zac Brown Band will headline the three-day event scheduled for Aug. 31-Sept. 2 of next year, with Fitz & The Tantrums and Michael Franti & Spearhead also scheduled to perform. More performers will be announced as Labor Day weekend draws closer, but news of the regional event’s first few artists will certainly get music fans in Colorado buzzing.

Since Jazz Aspen Snowmass first began preserving the spirit of jazz and other similar styles of music back in 1991, the non-profit organization has reportedly raised over $7 million for music education programs, and have become a seasonal staple in the Aspen and Snowmass communities. JAS, as the organization is often referred, produced and promoted dozens of fantastic shows from artists including The Motet, Bob Moses and Earth, Wind & Fire during their 2017 season.

This past year's Labor Day Experience, which once again took place at Snowmass Town Park in 2017, featured performances from Maroon 5, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Keith Urban, The Revivalists, and Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats just to name a few, so fans in the Colorado area should start getting pretty excited about what this year’s end-of-season event will bring. This year’s event also saw the “first ever two-night advance sellout in the Labor Day festival's history,” with fans quickly buying their passes before the lineup was even announced. Prospective attendees should expect a high demand for tickets when the 2018 "Early Bird" passes begin their on-sale this coming Monday, Dec. 18, at 9 a.m. local time.

"The word is out, audiences have confidence in the stellar annual artist lineup combined with the experience of hearing these artists in this spectacular alpine venue,” JAS President Jim Horowitz added to go with Friday’s announcement. “And there's still one more surprise headliner to join the bill."

Tickets for the three-day 2018 event can be purchased by clicking here.