ELKHART — The 2014 Elkhart Jazz Festival will bring a little bit of New Orleans to town with a headline performance by Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
The upcoming jazz festival will span four nights, beginning on Thursday, June 19, and Preservation Hall Jazz Band will be the featured entertainer on Friday, June 20.
Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 10. Purchasers can go online at the www.lerner.com, by phone at 800-294-8223 or in person at the box office.
Preservation Hall Jazz Band derives its name from the Preservation Hall venue located in New Orleans’ French Quarter. The band is known for performing traditional New Orleans-style jazz.
The band has featured a rotating lineup of talented musicians since the group’s formation in the early 1960s and has appeared on more than 30 live and studio albums.
David Smith, general manager for Lerner Theatre, said he believes the band’s performance will mark their first time at the Elkhart jazz fest.
“We are extremely excited to announce our 2014 Friday night headliner,” said Smith, who is serving as a festival co-chairman with Kurt Janowsky.
Smith said festival organizers remain committed to bringing in artists on par with last year’s headliner, Wynton Marsalis, and have adopted a festival theme of “Never Better” to meet that challenge.
The festival will kick off Thursday night with a patron ticket performance at Ruthmere Museum and a free concert at the Lerner featuring the Elkhart Municipal Band.
More details about other headline performers will be announced in coming weeks, Smith said.
The standard festival pricing for 2014 remains the same as 2013, but a premium jazz or patron pass will include tickets to see Preservation Hall Jazz Band on Friday and the Saturday evening headliner, Smith said.
“The three-day pass is the best way to experience the festival. In fact the patron pass is by far the greatest value as it includes many special patron-only events and offers the best seats for the festival’s Friday and Saturday headliner performances,” he said.
The standard “early bird” pricing is $110 for the jazz pass and $190 for the patron pass.
The premium “early bird” pass prices are $150 for the jazz pass and main floor seating for headline shows, which is a $280 value compared to the available a la carte prices. The $250 for patron pass and orchestra seating and is the equivalent of $400 via a la carte pricing.