2017 FESTIVAL ANNOUNCED
Blue Jay Jazz to hold its August concerts at SkyPark at Santa's Village
In a landmark move for the Blue Jay Jazz Festival, the Blue Jay Jazz Foundation, which produces the annual event, has announced that the 2017 summer concert series will be held at SkyPark at Santa's Village, the San Bernardino Mountains entertainment and dining destination that reopened in 2016 after extensive renovation.
The 2017 Blue Jay Jazz Festival, featuring internationally acclaimed performers from blues, soul and funk as well as jazz, will take place on three consecutive Thursdays, August 10, 17 and 24. Getting things started on August 10 will be The King Brothers blues band, featuring Sam and Lee King. Greg Adams and East Bay Soul will follow on August 17. Bringing the series to a rousing conclusion will be headliner Adrianna Marie and her Groovecutters on August 24, with the Rim of the World High School Jazz Band, and possibly another band to be announced.
The festival, which has become a cherished part of summer entertainment for residents of the San Bernardino Mountain communities was briefly held in the meadow adjacent to Santa's Village in the early 2000s. Since that time, the concert series' home was the parking lot above the Rite-Aid in Blue Jay.
“It has been extremely gratifying to see this project come together,” said Chris Levister, President the Blue Jay Jazz Foundation. "We are thrilled to return to SkyPark at Santa’s Village and be a part of its historic rebirth. This will not only increase access to live jazz, but raise awareness of the Foundation's work on behalf of music education and nurturing future artists and audiences."
After closing in 1998, Santa's Village was brought back to life as SkyPark at Santa's Village in 2016, thanks to a massive renovation effort spearheaded by Bill and Michelle Johnson. Now open year-round, the park is attracting thousands of visitors to the mountain communities.
“SkyPark is thrilled to bring the Blue Jay Jazz Festival back to Santa’s Village," said Michelle Johnson. "We have an incredible venue nestled in the trees that will complement the musical acts featured. We have lovingly restored the village area where guests can enjoy our eclectic shopping and great dining options. SkyPark is also very proud to support the arts in our community by hosting these events."
"Coming to the Santa's Village Concerts in the Meadow was one of our family's favorite things to do in the summer," added Bill Johnson. "It’s one of the reasons we fell in love with this special place. We hope that hosting this event in the park will help raise monies for the important programs the Foundation funds. We look forward to seeing our friends and neighbors as well as making new ones.”
For each event, the SkyPark restaurants will be serving food and beverages for concert guests. Those who choose to follow the Festival tradition of bringing their own food and drinks will be able to do so. Patrons can purchase individual admission at $29 for ages 13 and older, and $19 for those 12 and younger. Series tickets, with a single admission to all three concerts, are available for $59. Tables are available for $269, which includes admission and seating for eight guests and "concierge" table service.
Tickets are available now through the Blue Jay Jazz Festival website (bluejayjazz.com/tickets). On concert dates, gates will open at 5:30 p.m. and the concerts will begin at 6:45 p.m.
Read about the 2017 Blue Jay Jazz Festival's artists here.
Inset photo: Members of the board of the Blue Jay Jazz Foundation join Bill and Michelle Johnson at SkyPark at Santa's Village for the announcement of the 2017 Blue Jay Jazz Festival. Left to right: Michelle Johnson, Chris Levister, Sheldon Strickland, Dave Bennett, Bill Johnson.