TBAAL Riverfront Jazz Festival

TBAAL Riverfront Jazz Festival
Event on 2017-09-01 19:30:00

DALLAS, TEXAS – Dallas’ first annual Riverfront Jazz Festival, presented and produced by The Black Academy of Arts and Letters (TBAAL), will host 35 national and international music artists and highlight the city‘s charm and unique, diverse culture on Labor Day Weekend, September 1-3, 2017 on three stages at the stately Horseshoe Park, 811 Pemberton Hill Road.

Erykah Badu, Will Downing and Najee are the festival Honorary Chairs and among the diverse artists who will perform. Other talent includes Euge Groove, Oleta Adams, Peter White, Keiko Matsui, Jon Secada, Rachelle Ferrell and Ruben Studdard. The multi-genre music ranges from Jazz (Traditional and Smooth), R&B, Pop, Soul, Blues and Neo-Soul will be performed on two main stages– the Visit Dallas Jazz Main Stage and the Blues and Soul Main Stage. A third stage will be dedicated specifically for young promising artists.

Dallas with its wild, wild West history, world-class museums, shopping centers, theaters, international cultures, some of America’s most popular sports teams and down-home hospitality is billed as one of the nations’ major tourist destinations. It boasts some of the world’s best cuisine, where one can enjoy Tex-Mex, barbecue and the best southern cooking from a hole-in-the-wall or from a five-star restaurant.

“Labor Day Weekend in Dallas is the perfect place to be. The weather is generally mild, the football season is kicking off and planning for the State Fair of Texas is in full swing before most folks settle down for the fall,” said Dallas City Councilwoman Carol Arnold King. “We’re looking forward to the Riverfront Jazz Festival becoming another Labor Day Weekend tradition in Dallas and a premier destination in the jazz festival tours.”

Friday, September 1 lineup kicks off on the Visit Dallas Jazz Main Stage at 7:30 p.m. with Dallas talent, Young Gifted and Black Artists, a new recording group, followed by Grammy-winner Shaun Martin featuring Andrea Wallace and Martha Burks and ending with the incomparable multi-Grammy, Soul-Train, American Music award-winner, Erykah Badu.

On Saturday, September 2 and Sunday, September 3, the music starts at noon with a succession of performances by some of the world’s greatest musical entertainers.

LINE UP: ACTS ON VISIT DALLAS JAZZ MAIN STAGE: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2: Six Brothers on Sax (Keith Anderson, Tom Braxton, Mark Felton, Art Sherrod, Jr., Joseph Vincelli, Clay Prichard), Jeff Lorber, Rahsaan Patterson (Tribute to Donny Hathaway), Divas of Jazz, Pop and Soul (Freda Payne, Eloise Laws), Will Downing, Oleta Adams and Najee.

LINE UP: ACTS ON VISIT DALLAS JAZZ MAIN STAGE: SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 3: Chuck Loeb, Jazz in Pink featuring Karen Briggs, Jonathan Butler, Keiko Matsui, Rachelle Ferrell, Peter White, Paul Taylor and Euge Groove.

LINE UP: ACTS ON BLUES AND SOUL MAIN STAGE: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2: R.L. Griffin “The Reverend,” Wanda King, Lucky Peterson, Lady Tambourine and the New Orleans Soul Band, Yarbrough and Peoples featuring Benita Arterberry, Martha Wash and Pieces of A Dream.

LINE UP: ACTS ON BLUES AND SOUL MAIN STAGE: SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 3: Jackie Scott and the Housewreckers featuring Eddie Shaw, Ruben Studdard, Melanie Fiona, Alex Bugnon, Jon Secada, Kim Waters and Phil Perry.

On the Promising Young Artists Stage, supported by Dallas’ Office of Cultural Affairs, more than 50 young Dallas artists will be featured and showcased in the festival. “I am glad that the Office of Cultural Affairs is participating in this citywide festival to specifically provide a stage to highlight the finest young talent in our own back yard,” said Jennifer Scripps, Director of Dallas' Cultural Affairs. “This is going to be a great opportunity for Dallas artists as well as for our city.”

Acts on the Promising Young Artists Stage are being programmed and will be announced in early May. Youth also will have the opportunity to experience a one-on-one conversation with the national artists hosted by the Big Thought Arts and Education Pavilion, a festival community partner.

At the conclusion of Friday and Saturday nights festival, music lovers will continue to enjoy more of Dallas’ nightlife at TBAAL for the AFTER PARTY MUSIC JAM SESSIONS where musicians from around the globe will bring their horns to jam and improvise. The Jam Sessions run from 12-Midnight to 3:00 a.m. at TBAAL, 1309 Canton Street, Downtown Dallas, Texas 75201.

“The Riverfront Jazz Festival proceeds will support our Youth-Arts-in-Education Program and the sustainability of the institution,” said Curtis King, TBAAL Founder, President and Festival Producer. “Given the state of our fluctuating economy and arts funding cuts, TBAAL board members decided that we needed to do an annual project that simultaneously generates revenue and builds on our national and local brand.”

Tickets for the festival are Pre-Sale, at Door, 5 VIP Seating (VIP Entrance Gate, Open seating in VIP Reserved Sections and 0 Annual TBAAL Membership redeemable at Festival Membership Table). A 3-Day Discount Festival Weekend pass is 5. The After Party Music Jam Session is . Chairs, umbrellas and blankets are welcome. Outside food/drinks, coolers and weapons are strictly prohibited, and there is no exit/reentry.

For tickets call, TBAAL Box Office 214.743.2400 or Ticketmaster 800.745.3000 and for festival info and updates, visit: www.tbaalriverfrontjazzfestival.org. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Visit us at www.tbaal.org.

The Riverfront Jazz Festival is supported in part by Visit Dallas, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Dallas' Office Of Cultural Affairs, River Ranch, Inc. and CBS-11/TXA-21. The Arts-and-Education Pavilion is hosted by Big Thought.
The Black Academy of Arts and Letters Inc. 2016-2017 40th Season programs are supported in part by the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Design Factory, CBS-11/TXA-21, TACA, Radio One-Dallas, Evans Engraving, My Pocket App and an Anonymous Fund of the Dallas Foundation. Our media partners include The Dallas Weekly, The Downtown Business News, I-MessengerNews.com, The Garland Journal, Texas Metro News, DFWBam.com, Dallas Black Business Directory, Dallas Gospel Connection, The Dallas Examiner, The Post Tribune, and Southern Dallas Business & Living Magazine.

at Texas Horse Park
811 Pemberton Hill Road
Dallas, United States

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