Jazz lovers can mark their calendars: the 43rd Annual Clearwater Jazz Holiday returns to the Bay Area Friday, October 14 through Sunday, October 16 at BayCare Ballpark in Clearwater. Presented by Ruth Eckerd Hall On The Road and the Clearwater Jazz Holiday Foundation, Inc., the event draws tens of thousands of attendees each year.
The 2022 lineup will feature an eclectic selection of artists across jazz, funk, R&B, soul, rock, and more. Gates open Friday, October 14 at 5 p.m. and the music kicks off with The War and Treaty, Average White Band, and headline act, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue. Saturday night’s fun also starts with gates open at 5 p.m. and a lineup of Justin-Lee Schultz, Dumpstaphunk, and that night’s headliner, Charlie Wilson. The weekend wraps up Sunday, October 16 with gates open at 3 p.m. and entertainment from The Champ Jaxon Band, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Old Crow Medicine Show, and closing out the festival, final headliner, Gov’t Mule.
Both advance reserved and general admission (GA) tickets are available. GA Grandstand open seating is $25.00+fee and GA infield area is $30.00+fee with purchases first-come, first-served. Children ages 4 and younger are free with a paid adult GA ticket. Reserved seating is available for $50.00-$90.00+fee as well as VIP reserved seating which is limited and runs $175.00-$200.00+fee. Reserved seating ticketholders will be able to access a special food and beverage area to purchase concessions. VIP ticketed guests will be able to access stage-front views and have access to the VIP Hospitality Area with catered foods and beverage tickets for beer, wine, soda, and bottled water. Festival tickets can only be purchased through the event website, clearwaterjazz.com, and not at the Ruth Eckerd Hall website.
The Clearwater Jazz Holiday Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and winner of the 2016 Clearwater Regional Chamber’s Judge’s Choice Nonprofit of the Year. The group supports area arts programs through special funding and the development of learning experiences for people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities, to celebrate and promote the art of Jazz.
In its over 42 years, the group’s popular jazz holiday music event has evolved from a concert series held on the back of a flatbed truck at various Clearwater sites to an international music festival which has historically drawn tens of thousands of attendees. Previously, Coachman Park served as the event’s primary venue. As Coachman Park continues to undergo its transformation into the future Imagine Clearwater bandshell, BayCare Ballpark steps in as the festival locale and will be transformed into a fun, warm, festival atmosphere as the Foundation partners with the Clearwater Threshers.
For the latest details about the Clearwater Jazz Holiday, visit the event website by clicking here. Readers can also get the latest updates by following the event at its Facebook page. Story written exclusively for Destination Tampa Bay™ by Chris Kuhn. Photos are from the event for editorial purposes only–all rights reserved.
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