Jazz88 Ocean Beach Music & Art Festival
September 10 is Ocean Beach and All That Jazz
How to orchestrate a great day: start with a base line of top-shelf live music, add some sunny beach vibes, throw in flourishes of exceptional art, and syncopate with ice cold craft beers, mellow wines and yummy food.
If that sounds like music to your ears, head on down to San Diego’s Ocean Beach on Saturday, September 10, for the 6th annual Jazz 88 Ocean Beach Music & Art Festival, one of the jazziest block parties of the year. Held on Newport Avenue between Cable St. and the beach, this year’s festival promises to be the biggest and best yet, boasting three outdoor stages, as well as six stages inside neighboring club venues.
With the New Orleans-influenced musical ingredients including internationally lauded jazz and blues legends, such as Grammy-nominated, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Dr. John and the Lower 911, blues harmonica virtuoso Charlie Musselwhite, B-3 organist Dr. Lonnie Smith, Grammy nominated Latin Jazz artist Wayne Wallace, guitar virtuoso Charlie Hunter, swing trio The Hot Club of Cowtown, and a host of others - well then, you just know there’s bound to be some good times happening
The musical lineup of 23 bands will offer a wide range of genres including straight-ahead Jazz, Latin Jazz, Blues, Funk, Alternative Rock and more. In addition, festival goers will be able to browse unique artwork from over 80 Southern California creative artists. New this year is an expanded beer and wine garden, conveniently located where the street meets the beach, showcasing some of the best local craft beer and wine San Diegohas to offer, as well as the inclusion of local discounts at over two dozen OceanBeach restaurants and bars for those with a festival wristband.
Jazz 88 Ocean Beach Music & Art Festival is presented by KSDS Jazz 88.3 FM, San Diego’s original jazz radio station. According to Station Manager Mark DeBoskey, the key to the festival’s continuing success lies in the variety of music presented.“ Yes, it’s a jazz festival, but there is truly something for almost every music lover to enjoy,” he explains. “A number of people have told me that this festival reminds them of Street Scene in its early days, with the focus on listening to outstanding music in a fun environment. With additional stages at different local venues, you’ll be able to walk down Newport Avenue and hear music coming out of every club, as if you’re on 6thStreet in Austin, TX or Frenchman’s St. in New Orleans.”
The festival opens at 10a.m. and concludes at sunset, around 7:00 p.m. Full festival access is $30 for adults, with free admission for children under the age of 12 (note: some sites are 21 and over). There is no charge to enjoy the Community Stage and the art festival, running along Newport Avenue between Bacon and Cable Sts. Tickets and can be purchased and complete schedule and info found on the OB Music & Art Festival website at www.obmusicfest.org. Attendance is capped at 3,000 festival goers, so buying tickets in advance is highly recommended. VIP tickets are also available for $250 and include a private concerts at the Ocean Beach Hotel, providing an opportunity for VIP guests to relax and see top-tier performances in the hotel’s intimate courtyard while enjoying catered food, drinks and complimentary valet parking.