Get ready to groove to the sweet sound of rhythm and blues, Jazz Sudbury Festival is just around the corner with an even greater lineup of artists, entertainment and venues.
This musical extravaganza will include free concerts downtown and at the William Bell Gazebo, as well as intimate performances at the Townehouse Tavern, the Alibi Room, La Fromagerie, the Laughing Buddha, Red Fang Tavern, Kuppajo Espresso Bar, and the Sudbury Theatre Centre. Main-stage events will be hosted at the Grace Hartman Amphitheatre.
Jazz Sudbury has grown considerably since being introduced on the grounds of Science North and will continue this trend in 2019, by transforming their Jazzwalk to become the Bourbon Street Jazzwalk. Introduced in 2013, the Jazzwalk escorts guests by a traditional Dixieland Band between performances by local and established artists at three downtown venues.
This year, the event includes a street closure on downtown's Cedar Street, which will be decorated and inspired by New Orleans Bourbon Street. The Bourbon Street Jazzwalk will be hosted Sept. 7 from 12-4:30 p.m., with a free outdoor spectacle until 3 p.m.
The afternoon will feature street performances by the all-female aerial acrobats 'The Silver Starlets,' as well as live music from the Heavyweights Brass Band and Sudbury's Nickel City Dixie Stompers, and a multi-instrumental parade through downtown. Guests are invited to enjoy this, as well as a selection of local artisans and food vendors free of charge.
Ticketed shows will be held at La Fromagerie featuring the L.U. Jazz Combo, the Red Fang Tavern featuring high-energy Canadian band, Shuffle Demons, and the Sudbury Theatre Centre, who will host a performance by Canadian saxophonist and composer, Alison Young. Jazzwalk tickets for all three locations are $50 each. Door prices will be $15 at La Fromagerie, $15 at Red Fang Tavern, and $20 at Sudbury Theatre Centre
Another big change coming this year is the relocation of Jazz Sudbury's Martini Lounge to downtown's Alibi Room, who will have professional mixologists onsite offering a unique collection of premium cocktails. There will also be a number of brand ambassadors representing the Alibi Room that afternoon, hosting tasting events and masterclasses.
"The Alibi Room is an award-winning bar with a modern, upscale, and sophisticated take on a prohibition-era speakeasy with an extensive list of cocktails and unique spirits," said a press release.
Tickets are available at La Fromagerie, Kuppajo Espresso Bar, A&J Home Hardware, Long & McQuade, Jett Landry Music, Walden Home Hardware, Val Caron Home Building Centre, Waxman Records (North
Bay), and online at jazzsudbury.com.