The Pentastic Jazz Festival returns to town on September 8 – Keremeos Review
Before fall kicks in and things get cold, there’s still time for another hot festival in Penticton.
The Pentastic Hot Jazz Festival returns for its 24th year on September 11 after a brief hiatus in 2020 and 2021, and people are already excited to see its return.
“We’re really excited to be back,” said organizer Michael Campbell. “It’s bigger than I can describe in words, really. It’s been two long, dark years without a festival and we’re excited to let the good times roll again.
The festival offers a range of hot jazz styles, from big band and swing to Zydeco and gospel jazz.
It’s not just the fans, who over the past few years have included visitors from all over the world, but also the musicians who can’t wait to be back in action.
This includes a number of returning bands including Tom Rigney and Flambeau, Gator Nation, the Black Swan Classic Jazz Band and Dave Bennet with his Quartet and the Memphis Speed Kings.
Local artists from the South Okanagan Big Band will also perform at the festival.
“We actually have 45 artists who are from out of town and 22 locals,” Campbell said.
New to this year’s festival is a band called Professor Cunningham and his Old School. A band from New York, they will do three separate sets during their eight appearances on the stages of the Pentastic Jazz Festival.
The full schedule and lineup, including where artists will perform, can be viewed on the festival website at pentasticjazz.ca.
Returning for shows in 2022, the Beale Street stage at Orchard House on Orchard Avenue, which debuted at the last festival in 2019.
Bourbon Street and French Quarter take place at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre.
The ever-popular and very unique Speakeasy Stage of the SS Sicamous cannot be missed either.
Performances begin Friday, September 9 and continue through the weekend until the final closing show in the French Quarter.
The final show often ends with several bands on stage for a big jam session that is sure to get everyone up from their seats.
Tickets are still available online or at the box office at the South Okanagan Events Center box office.
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