Cleveland’s prestigious Tri-C JazzFest is looking for submissions to play at this year’s fest.  If you would like to be considered please read through this release provided to us by John Horton, the fest’s media relations manager, by March 23rd.


WANTED: Northeast Ohio Bands to Play at Tri-C JazzFest

Summer festival issues call for musicians to perform on outdoor stage


CLEVELAND — Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland, presented by KeyBank, has opened an online application for local bands that want to play the festival’s outdoor stage June 24-25 at Playhouse Square.


Applications will be accepted at through Wednesday, March 23. An online form accessible from the site asks for video links of performances and background information on bands.


A committee of local music industry experts will review the submissions and select which acts ultimately take the outdoor stage between 3 p.m. and 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday of festival weekend. A variety of genres will be considered, including jazz, blues, R&B, funk, gospel, jam band and reggae.


“We are lucky that so many amazing musicians call Northeast Ohio home, and Tri-C JazzFest is proud to showcase them with a spot on downtown’s biggest summer stage,” said Terri Pontremoli, festival director.


The 37th annual Tri-C JazzFest runs June 23-25. The festival includes nine ticketed concerts inside the historic theaters at Playhouse Square, plus the free outdoor shows on U.S. Bank Plaza.


The schedule of ticketed shows – which features some of the biggest names in jazz – can be found at


Festival passes now on sale offer VIP seating to all nine ticketed concerts, plus other perks. Cost is $250, a $150 savings compared to buying single tickets to all nine shows. Call 216-640-8800 to purchase.


Individual tickets will go on sale April 8 through the Playhouse Square Box Office at 216-241-6000 or at


More than 28,000 people experienced last year’s festival.


Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland is presented by KeyBank and made possible by Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®), the National Endowment for the Arts, Ohio Arts Council, Strassman Insurance Services Inc. and a growing list of donors and members.


MEDIA: For more information, contact Tri-C Media Relations Manager John Horton at or 216-987-4281.