Enjoy a Jazz Walk, Soul Stroll, Blues Shuffle, Funk Ramble, World Dance at Multiple Venues Across the Downtown Core at the JAS June Experience.
Taking place June 20-23, the Experience will consist of multiple staggered shows daily, allowing attendees to the opportunity to walk from venue to venue for a diverse mix of music genres, in settings for listening as well as dancing. Inspired in part by the original HBO Comedy Fest, as well as Food & Wine, the event will bring musically focused lanyard wearing attendees to the downtown core and the vitality of mixing multiple events and guests all across downtown. Passes for the event are on-sale here now including the choice of a 3-Day weekend pass, or a daily pass that will allow access into all participating venues. A weekend and daily VIP passes are also available (purchase here) and will include three dinners, similar to the format of the VIP tent formerly hosted during the June Experience at the Benedict Music Tent.
The Experience will kick-off with two performances rooftop at the Aspen Art Museum featuring New Orleans brass band-meets-Mardi-Gras Indian outfit, Cha Wa, a 2019 Grammy Nominee for Best Regional Roots Album. These shows are open to all 3-day pass holders with a limited number of single show tickets going on-sale in advance. In addition to the Aspen Art Museum, JAS plans to utilize space at the Belly Up, downstairs at The Little Nell, the Velvet Buck at the St. Regis, Victoria’s Espresso & Wine Bar, Skye Gallery and the Durant Street VIP Tent (adjacent to CP Burger) over the weekend.
Confirmed artists for Friday include Booker T. Jones "Stax Revue", Grammy winning jazz vocalist Patti Austin, the young breakout British singer/composer/producer/multi-instrumentalist Jacob Collier, Canadian singer/trumpeter/bandleader Bria Skonberg, and funk band Organ Freeman.
On Saturday American blues legend Taj Mahal will perform at the Belly Up, with additional shows that day to include Patti Austin, Bria Skonberg, the legendary Afro-Pop and Jazz African bassist and vocalist Richard Bona, R&B and jazz vocalist Jose James celebrating Bill Withers with his “Lean on Me” performance and percussionist/vocalist Jamison Ross B3 Trio.
The Experience will conclude on Sunday with additional performances from Jose James of “Lean on Me” as well as a separate jazz standards set, Calypso/Carnival themed shows from Caribbean-born trumpeter Etienne Charles, and a jazz celebration hosted by American jazz trombonist and band leader Wycliffe Gordon and Friends at The Little Nell. Also on Sunday, the JAS will host a New Orleans/Gospel Brunch at the Durant Street Donor Tent with seatings at 10am and 12:30pm. Brunch will include New Orleans style food from Chef Martin Oswald of Pyramid Bistro, as well as bottomless mimosas and a "Crescent City Jubilee" of Jazz & Gospel Music featuring Wycliffe Gordon and friends. Brunch tickets can be purchased here.