Tampa Bay is gearing up for one of the hottest festivals in the state. It’s almost time for the 36th Annual Clearwater Jazz Holiday. The instruments will be tuning up and the stages rockin October 15 through October 18 at Coachman Park.
This international music festival is nothing to sneeze at when it comes to fan attendance. The world-class festival draws music enthusiasts in the tens of thousands year in and year out.
You can’t ask for a better venue for a music festival than Clearwater where the weather is cool and the music is raging hot.
If you’re new to the Clearwater festival, just know you’ll be experiencing an event that has seen and heard iconic performers like Tony Bennett and the Count Basie Orchestra. Legends of music have graced this stage many times with talented artists such as Natalie Cole, Little Feat, George Benson, Earth, Wind & Fire, Bonnie Raitt, The Neville Brothers, and many, many more.
The Clearwater festival offers a menu of musical styles. Along with cool jazz, expect to hear Zydco, blues, folk, swing and pure funk. Just a few of the musicians who’ve come through Clearwater leaving an indelible mark on the music scene include Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Patti Austin, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Soulive, and Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, and more.
This year, the festival lineup is awesome making this another year in Clearwater you won’t want to miss. Just a sampling of the performers making their way to the Sunshine State are Gladys Knight and The O’Jays on Thursday, October 15th. Friday brings legendary, Buddy Guy and Poncho Sanchez & His Latin Band. Saturday the stages will still be rockin with Sheryl Crow and Big Sam’s Funky Nation. The music festival winds up on Sunday with the sounds of Langhorne Slim & The Law and The Avett Brothers.
So, here’s the plan. Buy your ticket, make the ride to Coachman Park, bring your appetite because there will be food vendors galore from tacos to ribs, find a place to park your party, then sit back and enjoy the sounds wafting on warm breezes under blue Florida skies.