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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Update: Eighteen bands to Perform on the Outdoor Stage at Upcoming Tri-C JazzFest

Posted By on Tue, Apr 30, 2019 at 2:31 PM

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Update: Earlier today, organizers of the 40th annual Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland announced the schedule for its free outdoor stage. Those performances will take place from 3 p.m. to midnight on June 28 and 29 when Tri-C JazzFest takes place at Playhouse Square.

A jury of music industry professionals vetted more than 100 bands while putting together the lineup. The chosen bands represent a variety of musical genres, including jazz, funk, blues, reggae and swamp pop.

“We love this component of the festival because it showcases the incredible talent here in Northeast Ohio,” saysTerri Pontremoli, director of Tri-C JazzFest, in a press release. “These artists bring a true passion and love of music to the stage.”

Acts such as Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, the Mike Cady Experience, the Airmen of Note, Rachel Brown & the Beatnik Playboys, Carlos Jones & the P.L.U.S. Band, Red Light Roxy, Bobby Selvaggio Quartet and Sammy DeLeon y su Orquesta are slated to play.

A full schedule with performance times will be posted at closer to the event.

A happy hour with discounted drinks takes place on the plaza at 5 p.m. Friday, June 28. The night will also feature street performers, the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Parade the Circle puppets and line dancing.

Other free outdoor activities at the festival include the U.S. Bank Kids Club, cooking demonstrations, food trucks, vendors, games, the Chemical Bank Jazz Talk Tent with artist interviews and a Saturday morning yoga session.

Original Post 1/25/2019: Cuyahoga Community College has just announced the lineup for the 40th incarnation of Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland. The festival takes place from June 27 to June 29 at Playhouse Square and includes nine ticketed concerts.

Highlights include a reunion between banjo man Béla Fleck and his original Flecktones (June 28), the funk and soul act Tower of Power (June 27) and teenage piano prodigy Matthew Whitaker (June 29).

Dianne Reeves and the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra will lead a tribute to Cleveland bop composer Tadd Dameron (June 28). A former Clevelander, trumpet player Dominick Farinacci will be on hand for that performance as well.

Regina Carter and Xavier Davis/Helen Sung and Michela Marino Lerman (June 29), Ernie Krivda’s Return to Swing City (June 29), Jazz Funk Soul (June 29) and Jamey Haddad’s Under One Sun (June 29) will also perform, and there will be a tribute to Cleveland soul icon Bobby Womack featuring Christian McBride (June 29).

“Tri-C JazzFest — like jazz itself — honors the traditions while pushing forward and shattering expectations,” says Terri Pontremoli, director of the festival, in a press release announcing the lineup. “This season hits that note perfectly with nods to Cleveland’s own jazz history mixed with fresh tributes and several surprises.”

Festival passes which offer VIP seating to all nine ticketed concerts and other perks are now on sale. Individual tickets will go on sale on April 1 through the Playhouse Square Box Office.

The festival will also include free outdoor concerts on the plaza at Playhouse Square from 3 p.m. to midnight on June 28 and 29.

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