November 5, 2018, Fort Langley, BC–The Fort Langley Jazz & Arts Festival is now accepting applications from local jazz and blues bands interested in performing at the 2nd annual festival scheduled for July 26-28, 2019.
Festival organizers are expanding the festival next year to feature two full days of free live jazz and blues music on July 27 and 28, 2019, along with ticketed events to an outdoor blues show on Friday night to kick-off the festival, a big band swing dance on the Saturday evening and a gospel soul choir concert to wrap-up the festival on Sunday night.
“The first annual 2018 Fort Langley Jazz & Arts Festival was a huge success, attracting thousands of people who took in in top local jazz acts on two outdoor stages, jazz busker performances throughout the community, a Motown community dance, an artwalk featuring 13 local art galleries and studios, and music and art workshops and demonstrations,” said Karen Zukas, executive director of the festival.
Zukas explained that the festival is expanding after the positive feedback received from festival attendees, sponsors and local merchants involved in this year’s event. “We heard loud and clear that people want more evening performances, a longer festival over several days and headliner acts.”
Festival artistic director, Dave Quinn along with a music committee of local jazz musicians and music educators will be accepting applications from professional groups until December 31, 2018 and from youth performers and rising talent until March 15, 2019.
The online application form can be found here fortlangleyjazzfest.com/perform/
“We are looking forward to creating a diverse music line-up at next year’s festival that features local, BC and Canadian acts from all genres of jazz music,” said Quinn, a founder of the festival and professional jazz musician.
Quinn noted that one of the festival mandates is to provide performance opportunities for youth and rising talent. “We will once again be featuring youth and emerging talent at pop-up street performance locations throughout the festival.”
Alongside the music, the festival will feature free art demonstrations and activities, a family music and art area, a History of Jazz Exhibit and a Jazz Education Workshop.
For more information about the festival visit fortlangleyjazzfest.com