Summer with Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland
June 13, 2017
John Horton, 216-987-4281 email@example.com
Music festival scheduled for June 22-24 at Playhouse Square
That’s just a glimpse at what’s happening June 22-24 at Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland, presented by KeyBank.
Downtown’s largest music festival promises to be bigger and better than ever in its 38th year. A full list of shows and scheduled events, plus ticketing information, can be found at www.tri-cjazzfest.com.
Here are a few highlights:
Trumpeters Chris Botti and Terence Blanchard. Saxophonists Boney James, Jane Bunnett and Kamasi Washington. Guitarists Norman Brown and Diego Figueiredo. The voices of Boz Scaggs, Dianne Reeves, Alicia Olatuja and Catherine Russell. The Latin flair of Anat Cohen’s Choro Adventuroso.
These talents and more fill the Tri-C JazzFest schedule, which features eight ticketed concerts and — more importantly — eight opportunities to take in memorable performances. Tickets start as low as $25.
Get “Keyed Up”
The festival’s outdoor kickoff party — Keyed Up! — begins at 5:15 p.m. Friday, June 23. The event, sponsored by KeyBank, will feature street musicians, the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Parade the Circle puppets and more.
Al Fresco Music
Seventeen bands will play on the outdoor Strassman Insurance Stage during JazzFest, with the free performances taking place between 2:30 p.m. and midnight Friday and Saturday, June 23-24. The artists’ stage will be located on Euclid Avenue, with a dance floor under the theater district’s GE Chandelier.
Jazz Talk Tent
Listen to JazzFest artists talk about the music industry and their work in the Chemical Bank Jazz Talk Tent. Casual interviews and meet-and-greets give festival patrons rare, behind-the-scenes access to some of the jazz world’s top performers.
Late-Night Jam Sessions
The JazzFest music and fun extend into the a.m. hours during events hosted at Bin 216, located at 1515 Euclid Ave. at Playhouse Square. Catch legendary Cleveland sax man Ernie Krivda for a Tri-C Jazz Workshop on Friday night, while Saturday brings trumpeter Dominick Farinacci and bassist Johnny Parker. Both events run 11 p.m. to 1 a.m.
The U.S. Bank KidBop! children’s tent — which will be located in the Cleveland State University gallery at East 13th Street and Euclid Avenue — offers crafts, balloons, face painting, storytime sessions, steel drum performances and pop-in visits by some of the headlining performers.
Vendor Village will showcase more than 20 local makers selling their wares. From Cleveland-themed T-shirts and barware to fine art and artisanal jewelry, something for every taste awaits.
When Hunger Hits
Food trucks along East 14th Street will provide an assortment of great eats and drinks. In addition, eighteen theater district restaurants will be open for pre- and post-concert dining.
Appetite for Learning
Want to learn how to make bacon-wrapped corn on the cob? Or grilled shrimp with coconut-lime sauce? Or adobo-braised chicken lettuce wraps? Then stop in the Tri-C Hospitality Management Center tent on Euclid Avenue and catch cooking demonstrations from Chef Jack Ahern of the College’s culinary program.
Find your Zen during a free yoga session under the GE Chandelier at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 24. The session will be led by Brianna Halloran of Nirvana Yoga in Mayfield Heights. Registration begins at 9 a.m.
Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland is presented by KeyBank and made possible by Cuyahoga Community College, the National Endowment for the Arts, Ohio Arts Council and a growing list of donors and members.
Gifts from the George Gund Foundation and Strassman Insurance Services helped stage the outdoor shows.