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Free Music Series: Deaf Camp Benefit


Saturday, July 16

Donations encouraged to benefit the Aspen Camp of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Donate Now!

At Deaf Camp Benefit, guests come from around the nation for some fun under the sun on the slopes of Snowmass. Great music, delicious food, and beautiful scenery add up to an amazing weekend one will never forget. The best part of the event? Feeling right at home with the friendly folks you will meet and dance with. And all for a great cause.

Deaf Camp Benefit, originally known as the Deaf Camp Picnic, was established in the 60’s with the help of John Denver, Jimmy Buffet, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and the likes to support the great things Aspen Camp does for Deaf and hard of hearing kids. Aspen Camp & Snowmass Tourism brought this legendary event back in 2013. Learn more about the history of the event here.

All proceeds from this event go to Aspen Camp, a 501(c)3 non-profit whose focus is on honoring the Deaf Community* through education, experiences, and networking. Learn more about Aspen Camp, Deaf Culture, why they use an asterisk, and/or American Sign Language at www.aspencamp.org.

Presented by JAS Aspen Snowmass.



12:00pm – Gates open in Base Village
1:00pm – Mack Bailey, Bobby Mason & Rich Ganson
4:00pm – Jes Grew
6:30pm – Special Performance by Deaf* campers of Aspen Camp
7:00pm – Pimps of Joytime



Partners help make a big difference in the lives of the Deaf* children Aspen Camp serves. They are currently seeking donations for their silent auction.
Download the Aspen Camp partnership handout.



Help Aspen Camp make this event a success!
View volunteer opportunities and sign up here.



Aspen Camp relies on the support of community members like you. Donations are greatly appreciated and can be made at aspencamp.org/donate.


2016 Artist Information


Pimps of Joytime:
When it comes to throwing a party, the Pimps of Joytime raise the bar with swagger to spare. Rhythms and textures drawn from New Orleans funk, 90s club house, 60s salsa and hip hop all collide and fracture upon
one another on their new LP, Jukestone Paradise . Dubbed “raucous and captivating” by Okayplayer , their album cuts play like the soundtrack for a ride through Brooklyn’s diverse neighborhoods, where the group’s sound materialized.

And the Pimps’ live experience only takes it higher.

Over the past decade, the group’s grassroots following mobilized from the underground club scene in New York to sell out historic venues like the Fillmore in San Francisco and showcase at festivals across the US and Europe. With more than 1 million Spotify plays to date, it seems word truly does spread to the wise. And when you pair high caliber musicianship with rhythm and groove as universally enticing as it is unconventional, there’s no denying the dance floor.

Jes Grew

Jes Grew:
In the novel Mumbo Jumbo by Ishmael Reed, Jes Grew is a mysterious “plague,” a “disease” that forces its “victims” to dance and let their inhibitions go, and that’s exactly what this group is all about. As quoted in the novel, “symptoms of Jes Grew include: mediocrity intolerance, chronic questioning of authority, and uncontrollable shaking of the hips and ass.” “A Jes Grew show is all about giving people a great time and making sure that everyone in the audience catches “Jes Grew”, not only while they are at the show, but also giving them that good feeling of being really ALIVE to take home and share with others too. It’s all about FUN… FUN for us and FUN for the audience!” says Rob “Monkey” Dasaro, keyboardist for the group, about a live Jes Grew performance. After entertaining in the Aspen area for over 15 years and sharing the bill with acts such as Widespread Panic, Warren Haynes, Taj Mahal, Trey Anastasio, Sam Bush, John Oates, Rusted Root, and many more, Jes Grew knows how to play to the crowd to keep everyone having a great time. Playing inspired originals and southern fried funky stuff with their own twist, these guys will have you moving and coming back for more!


Mack Bailey


Rich Ganson

Rich Ganson





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