Mumford & Sons, Michael Franti added to Jazz Aspen 2012 lineup - Reverb

Mumford & Sons, Michael Franti added to Jazz Aspen lineup

The Jazz Aspen Snowmass lineup just got a lot more interesting – and likely profitable.

The initial artist announcement for this year’s Labor Day festival included Kid Rock, Sugarland and the Steve Miller Band. And yeah, that’s a diverse, tried-and-true but also yawn-worthy lineup.

But the festival just announced the addition of Mumford & Sons and Michael Franti & Spearhead, injecting the festival with the youthfulness and buzz it needed.

Mumford has been quiet around these here parts since last summer, when it sold out two nights at the Fillmore Auditorium before heading down to the Telluride Bluegrass Festival for a raucous main stage show and a sweaty, playing-in-the-crowd late-night show that were festival highlights for many. Mumford will play Jazz Aspen on Sept. 1 with Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue.

Franti & Spearhead have been really active in Colorado the last few years, and they also have a June 8 date coming up at Red Rocks. Franti will play Sept. 2 with Kid Rock and Vintage Trouble.

The bill for Aug. 31, the Friday of the weekend: Sugarland and the Steve Miller Band.

Now comes the question from Mumford fans: Will the band play other Colorado dates around the Jazz Aspen show? Perhaps a Red Rocks date (or two) before or after?

Tickets are on sale now for Jazz Aspen, $175 for three-day passes. Single-day passes will go on sale on Friday for $82.50 apiece. (Note: That means Mumford Saturday, Sept. 1, will likely be sold out very soon, so plan accordingly.)

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Ricardo Baca is the founder and executive editor of Reverb, the co-founder of The UMS and an award-winning critic and journalist at The Denver Post.

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