Aspen, Colorado is recognized around the world as being a mecca for skiers, snowboarders, and all types of outdoor enthusiasts. However, after the opening of the town’s 450-person venue Belly Up Aspen, the 7,000 person ski town also started to forge an identity as one of the most lauded tour destinations for some of the biggest musical acts globally. Since 2005, the Belly Up Aspen has become a must-play venue for both national and international acts across the musical spectrum, with both fans and artists alike giving serious love to the tiny performance space tucked right at the base of Aspen Mountain.

Jane’s Addiction, “Been Caught Stealing”, Belly Up Aspen, New Year’s Eve 2014

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For fans, Belly Up Aspen offers the unique opportunity to witness arena-selling acts in the most intimate of settings, while artists revel in the opportunity to give back to their most dedicated fans while also enjoying the best of what Aspen has to offer. While plenty of major headliners play the venue, the Belly Up is widely known for simply bringing in the best of the best—from international headliners and up-and-coming acts in genres ranging across electronic, jam, rock ‘n’ roll, blues, hip-hop, and beyond. Over the years, the 450-room has seen rare, informal performances from the likes of huge heavy hitters such as Widespread Panic, The KillersThe String Cheese Incident, and more Tiesto, plus comedians such as Dave Chappelle and Adam Sandler, rounding up an enviable list of the biggest and brightest talent out there today.

Umphrey’s McGee, “Pay The Snucka”, Belly Up Aspen, 3/12/15 

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Upcoming shows at the Belly Up include prodigious talents such as Jane’s Addiction (2 nights), Umphrey’s McGee (3 nights), Railroad EarthChris Robinson BrotherhoodAtmosphereEmancipatorThe New MastersoundsBlack Pistol Fire, The RevivalistsThe Floozies, Big Wild, Galactic, and so many more. Throw in the fact that Aspen will host the Winter X Games in 2018 (January 25th through 28th) for the 16th year running, and the Belly Up will yet again host beyond-rare and deeply intimate performances from X Games headliners LCD Soundsystem (2 nights), Method Man & Redman, Martin Garrix, and Marshmello within it walls. For a full schedule of upcoming events and to purchase tickets to any show on the Belly Up Aspen calendar, check out the venue website.

LCD Soundsystem, “Dance Yrself Clean”

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Upcoming Shows at Belly Up Aspen:

Nov. 30       Matisyahu w/ Common Kings and Orphan
Dec. 1          Black Pistol Fire w/ Cobi
Dec. 2-3      The Revivalists w/ Muddy Magnolias [SOLD OUT]
Dec. 6          Trout Steak Revival
Dec. 15        Atmosphere [SOLD OUT]
Dec. 28       Diplo [SOLD OUT]
Dec. 30-31 Jane’s Addiction [DEC. 30 – SOLD OUT]
Jan. 1          Emancipator
Jan. 2-4      Railroad Earth
Jan. 10        The New Mastersounds
Jan. 14        The Motet
Jan. 19        The Floozies w/ Daily Bread
Jan. 21        The Wailers
Jan. 23       Tribal Seeds
Jan. 24       Method Man & Redman
Jan. 25-26 LCD Soundsystem [JAN. 26 – SOLD OUT]
Jan. 27       Martin Garrix [SOLD OUT]
Jan. 28       Marshmello
Feb. 8         Big Wild
Feb. 13       Chris Robinson Brotherhood
Mar. 7-9    Umphrey’s McGee [SOLD OUT]
Mar. 18      Galactic

[Cover photo: Belly Up Aspen – ontheDL Photography]