Tri-C JazzFest Looking For Bands

Cleveland - Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland, presented by KeyBank, has opened an online application for local and regional bands to play the outdoor Strassman Insurance Stage at Playhouse Square as part of the festival’s 40 th anniversary celebration.

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.

Sixteen acts will ultimately take the stage to entertain JazzFest crowds between 3 p.m. and midnight on Friday and Saturday of festival weekend, June 28-29. Last year, the committee vetted nearly 100 applicants before finalizing the selections.

Applications will be accepted at through March 25.

“We love this component of the festival because it showcases the great talent here in Northeast Ohio,” said Terri Pontremoli, festival director. “Come ready to dance, because these acts will get you on your feet.”

The 40 th annual Tri-C JazzFest runs June 27-29. The festival includes nine ticketed concerts inside the historic theaters at Playhouse Square, plus the free outdoor shows and other activities.

Visit for a schedule of ticketed shows. The 2019 lineup includes Tower of Power, Béla Fleck & The Flecktones, John Scofield, Christian McBride, Dianne Reeves, Jeff Lorber, John Clayton and many others.

Festival passes — which offer VIP seating to all nine ticketed concerts, plus other perks — are now on sale. Cost is $250, a $150 savings compared to buying single tickets to all nine shows. Visit to purchase.

Individual tickets will go on sale April 1st through the Playhouse Square Box Office at 216-241-6000 or at .

Photo courtesy of Cuyahoga Community College

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