Long Beach Uptown Jazz Festival
|Date:||October 18, 2020|
One of the most anticipated community festivals returns to Long Beach in the virtual space on Sunday October 18 as District 9’s Councilman Rex Richardson presents the Ninth annual Uptown Jazz Festival. The theme for this year’s free community concert is “The Best of Uptown,” highlighting fan favorites from past Uptown Jazz Festivals. Festivities will be conducted virtually, and the production will also include appearances from several special guests.
While the festival has grown to attract tens of thousands to Houghton park, COVID19 restrictions has the District pivoting to the digital space. At Beach City Radio, we are so proud of this community as they embrace the vailable technology to continue presenting the best live and local music. “Every year, the Uptown Jazz Festival brings us together to enjoy some of the best live performances our city has to offer, and 2020 should be no exception,” Richardson said in a statement.
“This year, we’re presenting the best of Uptown, celebrating the people, the businesses, the landmarks, and the artists that make our community special,” he added.
Where to watch:
- LBTV Charter Channel 3, LBTV Frontier FiOS Channel 21, or LBTV3.com
About the Jazz Fest
- Event began in 2012, under Councilmember Steve Neal’s leadership, originally known as the “North Long Beach Latin Jazz & Blues Festival”
- The event was inspired by a trip, Rex and his wife, Nina, took to New Orleans for the “Crescent City Blues Festival”
- Previous Uptown Jazz Fest headliners include: Con Funk Shun, The Ohio Players, Ozomatli, Tito Puente Jr., Goapele
- The Jazz Fest has significantly grown each year, but remains true in bringing the North Long Beach community a safe, family-fun event, with great music for free!
- In addition to bringing renown talent to North Long Beach, the Uptown Jazz Festival has been a venue to showcase local talent.
- This year’s theme, “The Best of Uptown” brings back many Uptown Jazz Fest favorites, such as Susie Hansen, Boxcar 7, and DW3
- Event doubles as both the Jazz Fest and the State of the Ninth District, which includes special updates from the Councilmember
- Hosted by Mr. Quick