Idyllwild Jazz in the Pines
The arty town of Idyllwild presents a first-rate music festival that swings and sings with jazzy melodies in late August. The 19th annual “Idyllwild Jazz in the Pines,” situated in the mile-high community of the rugged San Jacinto Mountains, just a short two-hour drive from Los Angeles, offers an eclectic roster of performances for all to enjoy – along with new festival amenities. Set for Saturday, August 25 and Sunday 26, “Idyllwild Jazz in the Pines,” kicks off with an opening night gala Patron’s Dinner Dance reception on Friday, August 24. All of the festivities take place on the campus of the Idyllwild Arts Academy, located at 52500 Temecula Road, Idyllwild, CA 92549. Festival tickets are $65.00 per day ($120.00 for both days), children under 12 are free if accompanied by a paying adult. Gates open at 10:00 a.m. Concerts begin at 10:30 a.m. Free parking in designated lots with shuttles running continuously from the center of town. Campus parking is limited to VIP ticket holders and handicapped only. For tickets and additional information visit: www.idyllwildjazz.com or call the Hotline at (951) 500-4090. Characterized by propulsive syncopated rhythms, polyphonic ensemble playing, varying degrees of improvisation, and often deliberate distortions of pitch and timbre, this year’s festival once again presents music enthusiasts diverse mix of all things JAZZ at three outdoor venues: Holmes Amphitheatre (“Main Stage”), Stephens Recital Hall (“The Barn”), and The French Quarter, plus a “Festival Marketplace” along winding pathways lined with various art and crafts booths. “Dine in the Pines” offers food, beverages, and alcoholic concoctions for the over 21 crowd, as well as sponsor and informational booths. Event’s proceeds support the Idyllwild Arts Academy. Holmes Amphitheatre (“Main Stage”). – An open-air, tiered, grass covered natural amphitheater. Parachutes are hung from the towering pines to offer shade while still allowing breezes. Master of Ceremonies: Bubba Jackson, KKJZ 88.1FM Saturday – 10:30 a.m, to 6:00 p.m. Idyllwild Arts Students and Alumni, Janis Mann, Kenny Burrell, Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, Luther Hughes Cannonball-Coltrane Project Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sweet Baby J’ai with Bonne Musique Zydeco Band, The Ray Goren Band, Tony Moore with Lori Jenaire, Brian Bromberg, Johnny Polanco Y Su Conjunto Amistad Stephens Hall (“The Barn”). – Indoor seating, overflow seating on the covered patio, a perfect intimate spot for smaller band performances. Master of Ceremonies, Sandii Castleberry Saturday – 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Barnaby Finch and The Straightjackets, Robin Adler, Mahesh Quartet, Mary Stallings with The Eric Reed Trio, The Cunninghams (Don & Alecia) Sunday – 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Idyllwild Arts Students and Alumni, The Hot Club Of Idyllwild, George Kahn Featuring Courtney Lemon, Mike Wofford/Holly Hofman Quintet featuring Gilbert Castellanos, Clayton Cameron and The Jass eXplosion The French Quarter. – A New Orleans-style open-air bistro for dancing, alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, waitress service. Master of Ceremonies: Rocky Zharp Saturday – 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. P.S. Blues Band, Rocky Zharp & The Blues Crackers, Change Required, Contagion, The Chuck Alvarez Band Sunday – 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Rocky Zharp & The Blues Crackers, Johnny Polanco Y Su Conjunto Amistad, P.S. Blues Band, Bonne Musique Zydeco Band The Festival takes place rain or shine and the artist line-up is subject to change and not in order of appearance.
Idyllwild Arts Acedemy campus
52500 Temecula Road, Idyllwild, CA 92549