An online application opened today for bands wanting to play the
festival’s outdoor Strassman Insurance Stage. Sixteen acts will
be selected to entertain JazzFest crowds between 3 p.m. and
midnight June 26-27, 2020 the Friday and Saturday of festival
weekend at Playhouse Square.
Applications will be accepted at
www.tri-c.edu/jazzfestcall through March 21.
A committee of music industry experts will select the
individuals or groups for the stage lineup. A variety of musical
genres will be considered, ranging from jazz (of course) to
blues, R&B, funk, gospel, jam band and reggae.
Last year, the committee vetted nearly 100 applicants before
finalizing the selections.
“The outdoor stage is a ‘Best of Cleveland’ showcase,” said
Terri Pontremoli, festival director. “We love the vibrancy
and the interaction between the musicians and the fans.”
The 41st annual Tri-C JazzFest runs June 25-27. The
festival includes nine ticketed concerts inside the historic
theaters at Playhouse Square, plus the free outdoor shows and
www.tri-cjazzfest.com for a schedule of ticketed shows. The
2020 lineup includes Take 6, Kirk Whalum, Angélique Kidjo,
Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Punch Brothers, John Mayall, Walter
Trout, Charles Lloyd and many others.
Festival passes — which offer VIP seating to all nine ticketed
concerts, plus other perks — are now on sale. Cost is $275, a
$175 savings compared to buying single tickets to all nine
www.jazzfest2020.eventbrite.com to purchase.
Individual tickets will go on sale April 1 through the Playhouse
Square Box Office at 216-241-6000 or at
The 41st annual Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland is presented
by KeyBank and made possible by Cuyahoga Community College, the
National Endowment for the Arts, Ohio Arts Council, Strassman
Insurance Services Inc. and a growing list of donors and