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Line up includes Gladys Knight, The Whispers, O’Jays and Eric Benet
Officials at Rainbow Promotions said they are “excited to present some of today’s most distinguished Jazz and R&B artists this year at the 26th Annual Long Beach Jazz Festival, August 9-11.” The event will take place at Rainbow Lagoon Park on Shoreline Drive in Long Beach, Calif. This year’s theme is “As the Beat Goes On.”
“The Long Beach Jazz festival year after year, continues to bring a tantalizing line-up of contemporary and straight ahead jazz, classic and today’s R&B performances… music that soothes and excites the souls of the festival’s attendees,” they said.
This year’s musical schedule features 8-time Grammy Award winning artist, Gladys Knight; Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, The O’Jays; Grammy Award winning, bassist, Stanley Clarke; The Whispers; Poncho Sanchez; contemporary, original vocals of Elle Varner; neo-soul singer Eric Benet; all-around jazz sax master Everette Harp and a “special pairing” of saxophonist Kim Waters and R&B singer Phil Perry.
As one of Southern California’s longest running and eagerly anticipated annual music events, the Long Beach Jazz Festival brings music lovers from around the world – year after year – with its blend of sounds and unique coastal venue. Organizers describe the event as “a family affair,” where “party people of all ages enjoy the festival grounds. Adding to this unique festival experience, various food vendors offer mouth-watering, multi-cultural delights prepared on site to accompany everyone’s listening enjoyment…”
The festival kicks off the evening of Friday, August 9 with headliner act The Whispers along with famed R&B and gospel singer Howard Hewett and Billboard chart-topper saxophonist Everette Harp.
On Saturday, August 10, Elle Varner will take the stage along with urban soul and jazz group DW3 and soulful smooth jazz saxophonist Euge Groove.
Sunday August 11 the festival rounds out with a three-day line-up including Gladys Knight along with renowned bassist, Stanley Clarke; sax tress Jeanette Harris, Mexican-American conguero Poncho Sanchez, singer Eric Benet and veteran music promoter and drummer Al Williams.
“Check out what’s new this year in the Vendors’ Pavilion,” said a LBJF spokesperson.
“ In addition to our featured performers on the 2nd stage, we are highlighting the importance of health and wellness. Guest speaker health professionals will present ways to enhance overall well-being with a holistic focus on body, mind and spirit. Visit booths offering sample products and pamphlets on healthy living. Scientific studies have demonstrated the healing power of enjoyable music, but then, festival-goers already know that…”
Tickets are available through Rainbow Promotions, LLC at (562) 424-0013 or online at www.longbeachjazzfestival.com. VIP tickets are available for $170 on Friday and $190 on both Saturday and Sunday. VIP tickets include both dinner and wine service. Reserved box seat tickets are $70 Friday evening and $80 Saturday and Sunday. General admission/lawn seating is $55 at the gate. Friday – gates open at 5pm. Saturday and Sunday – gates open at 11am.