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Corinne Bailey Rae performs at Wheeler Opera House at 7:30 p.m. on Friday July 22.
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Singer, songwriter and musician Corinne Bailey Rae returns to Aspen on Friday for an evening at the Wheeler Opera House. While this isn’t Bailey Rae’s first time performing in the Roaring Fork Valley — she did it alongside Duran Duran and Stevie Wonder at the 2016 JAS Labor Day Experience — it will be her first appearance at the venue. downtown history.

“When I play in a historic venue, I feel like I’m always aware of the people who have played there before, their echoes of the past,” she said. “It’s always an honor to be invited onto the stage that other luminaries have already lit. An old place has so much character. It was done before the amplifications, the acoustics are still good and the lines of sight are good. I also like to be in places where I can see everyone and everyone can see me, and people aren’t looking at a big screen. It is an intimate performance, close and special, unique.

Bailey Rae has received two Grammy® Awards, two MOBO Awards and several nominations, including BRIT and BET awards. She won her first Grammy in 2008 for Album of the Year when she featured on Herbie Hancock’s “River: The Joni Letters.” Her second album, “The Sea” (2010), was nominated for the prestigious Mercury Music Prize. The follow-up EP, “Is This Love”, won a Grammy for Best R&B Performance.



“To be able to host Corinne Bailey Rae as part of a special Wheeler summer concert is a real treat,” said Lisa Rigsby Peterson, Executive Director of Wheeler Opera House. “I am thrilled to have such an outstanding performer here for our Aspen audience and believe she is a perfect performer for our intimate and beautiful scene.”

“It’s always an honor to be invited onto the stage that other luminaries have already lit. An old place has so much character. —Corinne Bailey Rae

This summer event on the Wheeler Stage was made possible in part by a change from the Aspen Music Festival and School, which presents its opera program at the Benedict Music Tent this summer.



“With the Aspen Music Festival and School presenting operas in the Benedict Music tent this year, we saw an opportunity to do something different at Wheeler,” Peterson said. “This would not have been possible without the generosity of the AMFS and the flexibility of its rehearsal schedule. Welcoming summer audiences to a concert presented by Wheeler will be a new and exciting experience for everyone.

And Bailey Rae is also looking forward to a summer comeback.

“Flying in this mountain town, in a small plane, is simply magnificent. The people who live in Aspen are really lucky to have the skiing in the winter and all this amazing music in the summer,” she said.

She maintains that while you’ve seen her with her band before, this show will be a different experience, as they strive to make each performance unique.

“Every time we play it’s different. It really depends on how the audience reacts, how they feel, how we all feel. “backing in our music, so it’s all live, and we call out the setlist as we go. The songs can stretch and contract depending on the audience reaction, so it’s really an organic performance,” she said, adding, “We will be so happy to come back to Aspen after all these years.

The community spirit it inspires also excites Nicole Levesque, Wheeler’s Marketing Director.

“In her long career, it’s clear that Corinne brings a spirit of collaboration and passion to all of her endeavours, two things also at the heart of everything at Wheeler,” she said.

As Bailey Rae says:

“Music helps us feel that connection to the joyful and glorious things in our lives.”

Corinne Bailey Rae lit up the stage with her infectious smile at Jazz Aspen Snowmass in 2016.
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Corinne Bailey Rae opened the daytime gigs at Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Experience in 2016, followed by Duran Duran and Stevie Wonder.
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