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Festival News

27th Annual “America’s Classic Jazz Festival

June 22-25, 2017

For more info: Walt Bowen, 360 705 3024, info@olyjazz.com

Jazz, dance, and revelry are the focus of America’s Classic Jazz Festival, taking place June 22-25, 2017, on the Saint Martin’s University Campus-Marcus Pavilion in Lacey.  Plenty of dance lessons, great bands, and four large dance floors are sure to provide a wonderful time for all.  This year music-lovers can listen and dance to Pacific Northwest favorites such as Uptown Lowdown from Bellevue.  Or take in jazz greats like Grand Dominion, High Sierra, and Black Swan with Marilyn Keller. Tom Rigney and flambeau will cover the Cajun and zydeco two steps. Jazz singer Dawn Lambeth is a guest artist. New bands at the festival this year the Queen City jazz band and the Spicy Pickles jazz band. Returning to the festival is the CanUs Jazz Band from Victoria, BC. The festival band lineup is jazz history on four stages in Lacey.

The Olympia Farmer’s Market will feature two festival bands, Tom Rigney and Flambeau and Grand Dominion.  This event starts at 11 AM Friday June 23rd and is free.

If you on the Saint Martin’s campus Wednesday and Thursday you will hear the Famous Trailer Trash Band reunion.  Just bring a chair for a warm up to the festival.

New this year is a special three band set devoted to swing music and dancing.  This Thursday night set features Jeff Barnhart & Charlotte’s Boys, Grand Dominion and Joe Smith & Spicy Pickles.  Music starts at seven PM.

This is a year of birthdays.  We will be celebrating 100 years of jazz music in America and the 27th year of this festival.  The festival host City of Lacey is celebrating fifty years as a city.

Other festival features include on-site RV parking, hotel shuttle service, parasol parades, a swing set, and a big “After Glow” party. This four day festival has been running for twenty five years and has been hosted in Lacey since 2002.

Jazz fans from twenty-two states are attracted to this festival and it is known for the good line up of bands and location. Most are from BC, Oregon, and California.

This festival is a family friendly event.  Students 14-22 with identification can get an all event badge for fifteen dollars. On Sunday Morning there will be special free jazz gospel program featuring Marilyn Keller with the Black Swan Classic Jazz Band from Portland, Oregon.

For more information and the schedule of 96 performances of the 13 bands check under Festival Information.