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Labor Day, Set to Music

August 20, 2012 / Events

Got plans for Labor Day? Other than taking the day off, that is. We love the whole concept behind the holiday–it’s at the very end of the summer, when everyone’s coming off a season that’s (we hope) a little more restful than the other three. And then there it is! One final day off. A Monday even. To celebrate something that everyone already is, in one form or another; a worker! Good stuff.

There are lots of things to do for Labor Day, including just hanging out with friends and having a picnic, but there are several music festivals happening that weekend. To our mind, that sounds like the ultimate way to spend Labor Day: not only are you relaxing, you’re being entertained, to boot!

Let’s start with the Chicago Jazz Festival. It runs from August 30 until September 2 and its amazing lineup includes Allen Toussaint, Dianne Reeves and Tito Carrillo. Concerts take place all over town (there are 9 performance venues involved) at this annual event that turns the Windy City into an all-out party.

A Party is happening in Philly, too, with the Made in America Music Festival. It’s being curated by Jay-Z, who hand-picked more than 2 dozen acts to perform over the 2-day festival (September 1 and 2). Jay-Z himself headlines, along with Pearl Jam. And did we mention this festival will feature Run DMC?

Finally, if you find yourself in the Aspen, Colorado area for the Labor Day Weekend, check out the Jazz/Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Festival. Known as JAS, it runs from August 31 to September 2 and its fun lineup includes the Steve Miller Band, Sugarland and Kid Rock.Good thing the music is all about sound, because you won’t be able to tear your eyes away from the spectacular setting.

Whatever you choose to do on Labor Day, enjoy. And if you’ll be at work, try to set aside another day to be your own Labor(less) Day. You deserve a day off. We all do!

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