Lalah Hathaway will open the Kansas City Jazz and Heritage Festival on May 26th on the Paseo Boulevard Main Stage. The Paseo will be closed from Truman Road to 19th Street for the weekend. Grammy award winners John Scofield and Brandy; MacArthur Fellowship Genius Grant awardee Regina Carter; and the hot new sensation, The Hot Sardines, will round out the national headliners for the main stage. The festival also honors Kansas Citys rich heritage in jazz by featuring local musicians and worldwide phenomena Bobby Watson, McFadden Brothers, Kevin Mahogany, and Oleta Adams.
Cheptoo Kositany-Buckner, Executive Director of the American Jazz Museum states, The citizens of Kansas City are deserving of an international music festival to celebrate their role in jazz, blues, and music in general. The American Jazz Museum encourages Kansas City to come out to make this the cultural event the city so richly deserves.
Tickets to the Main Stage begin at $25. Community Stage and Made in Kansas City vendor areas are FREE and open to the public. Advance single-day tickets, 4-day weekend passes, and VIP passes are available for purchase online at kcjazzfest.com or by calling (816) 474-8463. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the American Jazz Museum Box Office. Sign up on kcjazzfest.com to receive updates on the latest information and lineup.