BROOKFIELD – After a one-year hiatus, the Fresh Coast Jazz Festival will return to Milwaukee for 2021. The inaugural three-day festival was held at the Marcus Center for Performing Arts in August 2019, then canceled due to COVID-19 in 2020. He’s back this year with a fall date and a smaller footprint.
“As a brand new festival in 2019, losing 2020 and [most of] 2021, we lost some momentum and we wanted to regain that momentum. We thought if we did something someday in October 2021, hopefully we get past everything that was happening in 2020 and earlier in 2021, ”said organizer Carl Brown.
This year’s festival will take place on October 9, 2021 at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts in Brookfield. It will be a one-day event that will feature not only music, but also food trucks and vendors. Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test will be required for entry. Tickets can be purchased on their website and the festival is offering 100 free tickets to qualifying health and school system workers.
One of the headliners at this year’s event, Kansas City jazz musician Julian Vaughn, said he was delighted to be in front of a live audience. “This year things have cleared up a bit and we’re back, and you know it feels good to get on stage and do what you love to do,” said Vaughn.
Organizers say they are already working on the return of the 2022 Jazz Festival to its summer dates and a three-day format in downtown Milwaukee at the Pabst Theater.
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