NOTE: Different concert times
Gates open at 5:00pm.
Opening Act: The True Story Band at 5:40pm
Headliner: Grand Funk Railroad at 7:00pm
“You cannot talk about rock in the 1970’s without talking about Grand Funk Railroad!” ~David Fricke, Rolling Stone Magazine
Known as “The American Band”, the high-energy five-piece group will play forty shows all over the USA this year. Grand Funk Railroad includes original founding members Don Brewer (vocals and drums, writer and singer of the multi-million selling hit, We’re An American Band) and bassist Mel Schacher, “The God Of Thunder”. Joining Don and Mel are true “All Stars”. Singer Max Carl is a rock veteran from 38 Special. Max penned and sang 38’s biggest hit “Second Chance” and was co-founder of California’s legendary Jack Mack and the Heart Attack. Don refers to Max as “the best blue-eyed soul singer on the planet. Lead guitarist Bruce Kulick is best known for his 12 years with KISS and also has credits with Michael Bolton, Meatloaf and Billy Squier. (KISS members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley were influenced early on by Grand Funk.) Keyboardist Tim Cashion has a master’s degree in music from the University of Miami. Affectionately called “Dr. Tim”, his credits include stints with Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band and English soul man Robert Palmer.
With opening act The True Story Band
Formed in 2010, The True Story Band is comprised of veteran Aspen Valley locals whose professional performance tenure spans over 4 decades. Over the years, members of the band have performed with a myriad of musical greats including Vince Gill, John Oates, Natalie Cole, The Freddy Jones Band & David Crosby, just to name a few. The True Story Band’s musical influences include elements of Country & Western, R&B, and a strong backbone of Classic Rock & Roll. Led by guitarist/vocalist and Snowmass Village resident Damian Smith, the band also includes local jazz legend Terry Bannon on keys, Aaron Taylor on drums, and Julian Gregory on percussion. The True Story Band is an Aspen Valley favorite, performing regular local club dates, festivals & weddings, as well as private functions for dozens of world renown corporations.
About the JAS Summer Music Series: The LA Times called this, “One of the best lineups of summer concerts in North America.” Crowds by the thousands enjoy Rock, R&B, Soul and Latin performers. Bring your picnic blanket and lawn chairs, pack a picnic or purchase food from vendors on site, and sit back and enjoy the show. Alcohol available for purchase on site, you may not bring in your own. Kids activities are plenty with a House of Bounce, Betty Hoops, face painting and more! Dogs and their owners may enjoy the concert from a viewing area on the side of the hill.