JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jazz Festival and venues have shifted. Running Thursday through Sunday, the event is expected to attract more than 100,000 downtown visitors. It includes stages at Bay and Marsh Streets, Bay and Newnan Streets and at The Jacksonville Landing.
Long lists of performers will be playing at the free event including, Al Jarreau, Boney James, Ester Rada, TIZER Featuring Karen Briggs, Marcus Johnson, Joey DeFrancesco, Traces of Blue, Marion Meadows and Paul Taylor, Average White Band, The Stooges Brass Band, Noel Friedline, Pedrito Martinez, and Bobby Caldwell with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. Local favorites, Linda Cole and The Joshua Bowlus Quartet, Unique Sound, Tropic of Cancer, Akia Uwanda, Just Jazz Quartet, Jacksonville University Jazz Combo, The Jacksonville Jazz Collective, JB Scott Swingin' Allstars and The Katz Downstairs.
"The Jazz Festival has long been one of Jacksonville's signature events," said Mayor Alvin Brown. "It's a growing tradition that gets bigger and better every year. This year promises to be the best ever."
The festival's new location will affect traffic patterns.
Portions of Bay Street will close on Wednesday and Thursday and the entire stretch of Bay Street from Lafayette to Ocean streets will be closed Friday.
Parking options for the festival include free street parking, as well as paid surface lots near Adams and Newnan streets, Ocean and Forsyth streets and The Jacksonville Landing, and Yates Garage.
JTA will also offer a free trolley shuttle from lots E, J and K at EverBank Field. The fee to park at EverBank is $5.
The Jacksonville Jazz Festival is produced by the City of Jacksonville's Office of Special Events, and presented by AARP.
The festival is free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.
For a full list of the festival schedule and additional details visit at JaxJazzFest.com.
When the sun goes down after each day, the music doesn't stop.
Jazz Fest After Dark runs from 10 p.m. - 2 a.m. each day of the festival.
Participating venues include 1904 Music Hall, Burro Bar, Underbelly, Dive Bar, The Volstead and Karpeles Manuscript Museum.
For full details and show times, head over to JazzFestAfterDark.com
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