The JAS June Experience is just around the corner and we’re here to give you the scoop on what your experience can look like! What makes the June Experience so unique (and fun!) is YOU! You have the flexibility of seeing multiple shows of multiple genres in multiple venues each night. You also have the flexibility of saying, I only want to see these two shows, or this one, or nine! It’s totally up to you! JAS provides you with the music, you decide how you’d like to experience it.
The full June Schedule can be found here.. But just for fun, we’ve put together a mock schedule for the person who doesn’t want to miss a thing, just one of many possibilities!
Friday, June 24
12pm – 6pm: At any point during the day swing by D’Angelico Guitars where the JAS June Experience Box Office will be set-up to pick up your weekend wristband, allowing you entrance into all nine venues participating in the event. While you’re there you might want to pick-up some cool JAS swag. Or grab it in advance here.
6pm: Time to head over to the Wheeler Opera House and grab your seat in the main theatre for fiery Latin jazz from one of JAS’ favorite Aritsts, Poncho Sanchez!
7:30: Once Poncho’s set is over grab a glass of wine at the Wheeler Lobby bar and enjoy a little of Natalie Cressman & Ian Faquini who will be performing in the lobby. Trombonist and singer/songwriter Cressman and composer, guitarist, and singer Faquini have created a uniquely intimate collaboration, drawing from impressionism, jazz, and the great Brazilian songwriting tradition. Their original material features songs in three different languages and encompasses a vast spectrum of musical ground.
8:30pm: Take a quick stroll from the Wheeler over to the Limelight Hotel, a great spot to grab a bite to eat while you enjoy music from the Multi-Grammy Nominated Duo The Baylor Project, a husband and wife duo steeped in the heart and soul of jazz.
9:15: Time to sneak away from the Limelight to catch one of three other performances just kicking off! What will it be: Bria Skonberg at Bad Harriet, LowDown Brass Band at Sterling Lounge or Eleanor Dubinsky and Dario Acosta at Here House? We recommend Bria, because if you’re smart, you’ve purchased the two day Festival pass, which means you’ll be back tomorrow, and since LowDown, Eleanor and Dario will also be back tomorrow, you can catch them then!
10pm: Another bonus of choosing Bria’s show, just upstairs and around the corner you can catch part of young blues guitarist Jontavious Willis‘s set at Felix Coffee! Maybe grab a cappuccino while you’re there. Just in case you need a boost!
10:30pm: Why stop now? Things are just getting grooving at the Belly Up with the explosive multi-instrumentalist Kamasi Washington! End your night with a bang and get ready to do it all again tomorrow!
Saturday, June 25
6:pm: Let’s start the evening off back at the Wheeler Opera House with the 10-Time Grammy winning a capella group Take 6. We promise they will blow your mind!
7pm: Enjoy a cocktail and start dancing over at Sterling Lounge with hip-hop/jazz/ reggae/soul group LowDown Brass Band. Or maybe a glass of wine at Here House while you enjoy multilingual vocal and guitar duo Eleanor Dubinsky and Dario Acosta? Or maybe.. if you’re really getting into the vibe now, you can check out both!
8:30pm: Time to take a jazz stroll! Cruise over to the Limelight (maybe stopping in at the Wheeler Lobby on your way for a few songs from jazz trio Adrian Cunningham, Gabe Schnider & Reggie Sullivan) and check out 8-time Grammy winning bassist Christian McBride with Benny Green and Jeff Hamilton performing their tribute “Remembering Ray Brown.”
9:15: Grab a snack and enjoy more great music at 39 Degrees in the W Hotel where you can check out the funk and soul concoctions of 2019 JAS June Experience favorites, the Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio.
10:15: What better way to end your weekend than another trip to Belly Up to enjoy legendary blues guitarist Keb’ Mo’!
Whew, what a weekend! Of course, this kind of bar hopping, cardio pumping, sipping and strolling night might not be your thing. And that’s fine too. Sometimes just taking in one or two shows from your favorite artists, or new artists you’re just stumbling upon, is enough. But whatever you do, get your tickets now and make plans to join us downtown this June!