We hope you were able to make it down to the Jacksonville Jazz Festival this year and, moreover, stay Downtown for the inaugural Jazz Fest After Dark.
The brainchild of local promoter Jason Lewis, Jazz Fest After Dark was a partnership between The Elbow, the City of Jacksonville – Jacksonville Jazz Festival, Downtown Vision, Inc., JAX Chamber and Visit Jacksonville to encourage Jazz fans to stay and experience Downtown’s live music and nightlife scene. If three nights, three venues and free music sound great–it was. But don’t take our word for it – here are some shout-outs from Facebook:
“The After Dark venues were edgy and non-confrontational. I saw families and the out-of-town patrons from the Hyatt that were stretching from their comfort zones and really enjoying themselves.
We hope that the “After Dark” concept continues to be an additional component to all of Jacksonville’s downtown festivities. It really showed off how beautiful the Downtown area can be “After Dark”. I hope the venues choices increase with offering special consideration for family friendly atmosphere, free admission, and encourage exploration of the newly revitalized Downtown Jacksonville area.”
– Ida Louise
“I am a local musician who participated in the recent Jazz Fest After Dark with the groups Tambor and the Joseph Yorio & the Avant World Ensemble. I wanted to thank you for putting together this wonderful addition to the Jacksonville Jazz Festival. It maintained downtown’s vibrancy after the main acts played their last notes and gave many local musicians an opportunity to perform to large festival crowds.”