Last year's Clearwater Jazz Holiday attempted to breathe life into a Tampa Bay tradition by boosting the pop quotient. It also marked the first time the Holiday charged for tickets – which, considering it booked a lineup that included the Avett Brothers and Bonnie Raitt, seemed to pay off.
How will fans respond to a lineup that includes Chicago, not to mention the horn-driving funk of Tower of Power, alt-country singer Brandi Carlile and Average White Band, whose 1974 hit Pick up the Pieces was the rage at every roller disco?
Those are the initial acts announced for the 2013 Clearwater Jazz Holiday, set for Oct. 17-20 in Coachman Park, according to the venue's Facebook page. More acts will be announced soon.
For now, tickets to the event will go on sale at noon Friday. Advance tickets are $10, with kids 12 and younger free. Some reserved and VIP tickets are also available. For information, head to ClearwaterJazz.com.
The festival has been going on for 34 years.
Jay Cridlin, Times staff writer