Monday, June 9, 2014

Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland Returns for 35th Anniversary - Win Tickets Here!

Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland returns this month for its 35th anniversary! It is the largest music festival in Ohio, and the largest educational jazz festival in the country.  While I’m more of a rock and roll guy, I am a music fan and definitely have an appreciation of great musicians. It’s an understatement to say that jazz has its share of great musicians. Also, Jazzfest is another way that Cleveland shines and brings attention to the Cleveland music scene. I’m happy to support the Tri-C Jazzfest Cleveland by being one of their bloggers and I appreciate the invitation to participate.
This year, JazzFest runs from June 26-28 and is being held at Playhouse Square. You’ll have the opportunity to see 12 ticketed concerts, plus a lot of free outdoor shows at Star Plaza! This year’s lineup features these heavy hitters: Dave Koz, Cleveland's own Ernie Krivda, John Scofield, Trombone Shorty, Eddie Palmieri, Raul Midon and more! Click here for more information on all of the artists and to purchase tickets.
Out of all the artists performing, the one I’m most intrigued with is Raul Midon. He’s a guitarist that’s been blind since infancy. To steal a line (and some other info) from his bio, the New York Times describes him as a one-man band who turns a guitar into an orchestra and his voice into a chorus.”  He grew up listening to Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor and Paul Simon. Those have helped shape his style, as well as his rock and blues guitarists like Eric Clapton and B.B. King. I searched on YouTube for him to get an idea of his music. I didn’t really get the New York Times quote until I saw the video (shared below). He’s incredible.
Does he sound like an artist you’d like to see? The Tri-C Jazzfest has provided me with two tickets to giveaway! You can enter to win to tickets to see Raul Midon on Saturday, June 28 at 7:30pm at the Hanna Theater. Enter by doing any of the following:
  • Tweet the following phrase and leave a comment below telling me you tweeted: Send me to see Raul Midon at @TriCJazzFest, @jeremybednarski. #StandupforCLE #TriCJazzFest
  • Follow @TriCJazzFest and @jeremybednarski on Twitter and leave a comment below with your email address telling me that you've followed us both.
  • Leave a comment below telling me what you love about the Tri-C JazzFest or Cleveland's music scene in general. Include your email address.
You can earn an entry for each of the options above, but can only do each once for a total of 3 entries. Deadline to enter is 11:59pm on Monday, June 16th. Your email address will only be used to be notified that you won the tickets. The winner will be chosen on Tuesday, June 17. Good luck!
Overall, this is an event that we should all be proud to have in Cleveland every year.
It would be great to have a Rockfest started up in Cleveland, but that’s another argument for another day. Until then, get out there and enjoy Tri-C JazzFest! As always, thanks for reading!

Disclosure: Tri-C JazzFest invited me to blog and promote the event. In return, they are providing me with two tickets to the concert of my choice to use, as well as two tickets for the giveaway above. All opinions are 100% my own.

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