Johnson City Jazz Festival adds third night | ACCENT

JOHNSON CITY — Organizers of the fourth annual Johnson City Jazz Festival have announced they will add a day to the event on March 10. The original event was to consist of just 2 days, March 11-12 at the Carnegie Hotel.

Bill Perkins, a local jazz guitarist and head of the performing musicians organization, noted that the combination of local musicians asking to perform, the ETSU music department wanting to get involved, and public demand encouraged organizers to add an evening. Performers will include the ETSU Jazz Band, the Peterson/Perkins Group, the Tri-Cities Jazz Orchestra and the JC Jazz Collective.

There is no charge for this extra day, but participants are encouraged to “tip” the groups.

Organizers noted that the extra free night was part of their attempts to make the festival affordable while bringing great music to the area. The cost for Friday and Saturday is $20 for each night or $30 for both nights. Music starts at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Organizers expressed their appreciation for the support they’ve received from the community as they work to bring live music back, including sponsors Bank of Tennessee, First Horizon Bank, Carnegie Hotel, Time & Pay, Christian Schmid Design, Alberts Pawn and other Friends of the Festival.

For more festival details and to purchase tickets, visit and follow the festival on Facebook (Johnson City Jazz Festival) and Instagram. (johnsoncityjazzfestival).

Willie J. Johnson