The Salt Lake City Jazz Festival is in its 11th year and the buzz for the three-day gathering just keeps getting louder. This year the fabulous Sheila E. and the E. Family will be headlining the festival. She is famous for her work with Prince as well as collaborations with a variety of other artists and her successful solo career.
While the festival at Washington Square in Salt Lake is not specifically queer-oriented, there is a strong presence of open-minded attendees and performers, Jerry Floor, the festival director said.
“The festival is just so much fun for everyone, and the LGBT crowd was one of the biggest of the year,” Floor said. “We loved seeing such a diverse and welcoming crowd last year and we hope to see an even larger presence this year.”
This year’s festival will kick off on July 9 and run through July 11. The festival lineup is still being finalized, but the performers are sure to be first-class as always.
“We’re just so excited to have Sheila E. and the E. Family,” Floor said. “We’ve also got world-renowned tenor sax giants Don Menza and Pete Christlieb coming, which will be a real treasure for Salt Lake.”
For ticketing information and for all the up-to-date information about performers slated to join the festival, find the Salt Lake City Jazz Festival on Facebook.
While a schedule of shows is not yet solidified, an initial lineup has been formed that includes the following:
- Sheila E and the E Family
- Bob Anderson, Golden Age of Vegas, with Sinatra pianist, Vincent Falcone
- Ellis Hall
- Chuck Findley
- Don Menza and Pete Christlieb
- Winston Byrd
- Salt Lake City Jazz Orchestra
- Greg and Emilee Floor
- Cannonball Band