Five Venues with Twenty Seven Bands Playing
Swing, Dixieland, New Orleans and Big Band Jazz
With a focus on special events and dancing, the Thursday night kick-off dance events kick off at 6 p.m. with “Mardi Gras in October” with High Street Band and local favorite “Judith and the Jazz Krewe” at the Addie Street Tent at the beach. And at the Pismo Veteran’s Building on Thursday perennial favorites WE 3 +1, will feature the ever popular Jeff Barnhart, Danny Coots, Bob Draga and Larry Scala. On Friday Opening Ceremonies at all venues will feature the ever popular Parasol Parades!
On Saturday morning, a 6-set “Women in Jazz” series will showcase traditional jazz divas from every generation: Valerie Johnson backed by the Creole Syncopators, two sets from Maria Muldaur and her Jazz Quintet, Pat Yankee previewing her Saloon Show, Molly Reeves with her Red Skunk Band and boogie woogie great Sue Palmer and her Motel Swing Orchestra joined by special guest saxophonist and vocalist Kristy Cocuzzi. The “Women in Jazz” event will segue right into the Saturday Night Costume Dance Party! All five venues feature large wooden dance floors!
The Farewell Tour for Molly Reeves and her Red Skunk Band will end where it all began, with The Basin Street Regulars and The Jubilee by the Sea. Frequent Jubilee attendees have watched the young and vibrant Molly Reeves grow from a 14 year old to an accomplished musician and performer. Guitarist and vocalist Molly grew up on the Central Coast and now resides in New Orleans. The group will play several sets throughout the weekend at various venues.
Although Maria Muldaur is best known world-wide for her 1974 pop hit “Midnight at the Oasis,” her music career has been an adventurous odyssey through the various forms of American Roots Music including blues, gospel and jazz. Maria brings her Jazz Quintet to the Festival to perform four sets. The High Street Band from Nampa, Idaho, will be making its highly anticipated first Jubilee appearance. High Street is a wild, crazy group of colorful zoot suited guys having a party at every gig!! Festival favorite and Cajun fiddler Tom Rigney and Flambeau will also light up the crowd. Twenty seven groups in all will be featured throughout the weekend.
Pismo Jazz Jubilee three-day badges, single day tickets and special evening event tickets are available using credit cards through the Festival’s website. All types of tickets will be available at the Festival: Thursday night at the Pismo Veterans Building and at the Lu’s Landing venue during the weekend. Venue, parking and free shuttle bus details are available online as well. Thursday evening specials start at 6:00 pm. Friday music runs from 10:00 am to 10:30 pm. Saturday shows run from 10:00 am to 10:30 pm. Sunday events run from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. Ticket prices are $100 for three-day badges, $50 for single day Friday and Saturday tickets and $30 for single day Sunday tickets. Individual Thursday night event tickets are $25. Friday and Saturday evening only tickets are available for $30 and include shows at both St. Anthony’s venues. Youth and students can enjoy the entire Festival for only $20!
The Pismo Jazz Jubilee is supported by grants from the City of Pismo Beach and Visit Pismo Beach as well as promotional help from media partners KSBY TV, Tolosa Press and The New Times.