Exit Zero Jazz Festival returns with fewer restrictions, larger crowds than in 2020 | Local news

This year, festival-goers were free to sit anywhere in the park without a mask, but were required to provide proof of vaccination or a negative test upon arrival.

“It’s so good to be able to do the festival that we envisioned,” Kline said. “The musicians, the fans, everyone is so excited to hear live music again. It was a great celebration.

Kline has been in the jazz business since 1992 and felt compelled to bring jazz music to the Cape May area after moving from New Orleans to New Jersey after Hurricane Katrina.

“I’ve been fortunate enough to go to almost every (jazz) festival in the world because of my work, and the old jazz festival here was around 2010 and 2011,” Kline said. “When he went bankrupt I knew how successful he had been, and Cape May is such a beautiful place that I thought it really deserved a jazz festival.”

Kline said attendance was high throughout the weekend with over 1,000 people attending on Saturday.

Being able to attend the festival with fewer restrictions was something Cape May residents Graydon Hutchinson and his son Colton were excited about.

“Exit Zero always does an amazing job, it’s a great vibe,” said Graydon. “For my job I produce corporate events so that’s a good sign for my community because once that type of stuff starts to come back corporate events should be right behind so I love it. that. “

Willie J. Johnson