Tri-C JazzFest Seeks Bands for Outdoor Stage Performances
Annual summer festival accepting applications through March 21
Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) wants to put Northeast Ohio musicians in the spotlight at this summer’s Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland, presented by KeyBank.
An online application opened today for bands wanting to play the festival’s outdoor Strassman Insurance Stage. Sixteen acts will be selected to entertain JazzFest crowds between 3 p.m. and midnight June 26-27, the Friday and Saturday of festival weekend at Playhouse Square.
Applications will be accepted at www.tri-c.edu/jazzfestcall through March 21.
A committee of music industry experts will select the individuals or groups for the stage lineup. A variety of musical genres will be considered, ranging from jazz (of course) to blues, R&B, funk, gospel, jam band and reggae.
Last year, the committee vetted nearly 100 applicants before finalizing the selections.
“The outdoor stage is a ‘Best of Cleveland’ showcase,” said Terri Pontremoli, festival director. “We love the vibrancy and the interaction between the musicians and the fans.”
The 41st annual Tri-C JazzFest runs June 25-27. The festival includes nine ticketed concerts inside the historic theaters at Playhouse Square, plus the free outdoor shows and other activities.
Visit www.tri-cjazzfest.com for a schedule of ticketed shows. The 2020 lineup includes Take 6, Kirk Whalum, Angélique Kidjo, Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Punch Brothers, John Mayall, Walter Trout, Charles Lloyd and many others.
Festival passes — which offer VIP seating to all nine ticketed concerts, plus other perks — are now on sale. Cost is $275, a $175 savings compared to buying single tickets to all nine shows. Visit www.jazzfest2020.eventbrite.com to purchase.
Individual tickets will go on sale April 1 through the Playhouse Square Box Office at 216-241-6000 or at www.playhousesquare.org.
The 41st annual Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland is presented by KeyBank and made possible by Cuyahoga Community College, the National Endowment for the Arts, Ohio Arts Council, Strassman Insurance Services Inc. and a growing list of donors and members.
February 10, 2020
John Horton, 216-987-4281 email@example.com