The inaugural Johnson City Jazz Festival, a three-day showcase of live jazz music, is scheduled for May 18-20 at three locations in and around downtown.
The event is being produced by a team of volunteers to support and promote live jazz in the region. The schedule includes a free Thursday night session at Carnegie Hotel, a free Friday night concert at Founders Park, and the main event on Saturday — a ticketed concert at TVA Credit Union Ballpark (formerly Cardinal Park) featuring six different artists.
Steve Scheu of Time & Pay is leading the effort and is the major sponsor.
“We have some great jazz artists in our region but there just aren’t that many opportunities to see live jazz,” said Scheu. “This new festival showcases the amazing talent we have around here, plus it features some very talented artists from outside our area. And we’ve worked hard to make it affordable for everyone.”
The main event on Saturday, May 20 is the only one that requires a ticket. The organizers are working with Tyler Parsons at the TVA Credit Union Ballpark to make Saturday fun and enjoyable, featuring a stage at second base so fans can relax in the field or enjoy the music from the stands. Food and beverage will be available for purchase, including Ensemble, a special Johnson City Jazz Festival signature beer created by JRH Brewing.
“There’s never been a jazz festival like this in Johnson City,” Scheu said. “We have 3 different events in 3 different venues over 3 days. It should be a lot of fun for anyone who enjoys live music.”
For details about the festival and to buy tickets, visit www.johnsoncityjazzfestival.com and follow the festival on Facebook (Johnson City Jazz Festival) and Instagram. (johnsoncityjazzfestival).
For more information, contact Joan Scheu at 423-854-8860 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.