2016 Clearwater Jazz Holiday lineup: Daryl Hall, Kool and the Gang, the Lone Bellow and more
Expect funk, soul, Americana and collaborations galore when the 37th Clearwater Jazz Holiday hits Coachman Park this Oct. 13.
Organizers announced the festival’s initial 2016 lineup Monday, and it includes a host of acts on each day that they hope might share a stage: Kool and the Gang and the Commodores on Thursday, Oct. 13; Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band on Friday; Daryl Hall and the Mavericks on Saturday; and the Lone Bellow and Houndmouth on Sunday.
A Sunday night headliner has yet to be unveiled, but a festival spokesman said an announcement could come any day.
“From year to year, we aim to really program a lineup that appeals to a very broad, diverse audience, and we believe this year’s lineup is another fantastic lineup,” said Clearwater Jazz Holiday CEO Steve Weinberger.
Tickets to the 2016 Jazz Holiday went on pre-sale Monday and will go on sale to the general public at noon Thursday. Tickets are $16 per day, $45 for reserved seating and $170 for VIP. Four-day packages start at $52.
With multiple bold-face names on all four days, Weinbeger said he’s hoping for an all-star collaboration or two, such as last year’s jam between Buddy Guy and local sax hero Mindi Abair. He’s hoping that Hall — performing without his partner John Oates — might bring some of that flavor to his Saturday headlining set.
“Having a special evening with Daryl Hall on Saturday night is going to be very unique,” he said. “He’ll have his whole band with him, but as you know from watching his very popular show Live From Daryl’s House, he’s been doing some really unique collaborations and detours. We hope there’s a touch of that at the festival on Saturday.”
The poster artwork for this year’s Clearwater Jazz Holiday was designed by Allison Hardin of St. Petersburg.
-- Jay Cridlin