2nd ANNUAL APEX JAZZ FESTIVAL BRINGS JAZZ, BLUES, AND BEER TO DOWNTOWN APEX, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15TH
THE FESTIVAL’S SECOND YEAR EXPANDS ITS MUSIC VARIETY, AND ADDS THE TOWN’S VERY FIRST BEER GARDEN
APEX, NORTH CAROLINA, AUGUST 20, 2012 – Building on the success of a string of summer festivals in Downtown Apex, including Peak Fest and this year’s inaugural Peak City Pig Fest, the Apex Downtown Business Association (ADBA) will present its 2ND ANNUAL APEX JAZZ FESTIVAL.
Last year’s festival, a pub-crawl experience along Salem Street, was well received with thousands of people attending the day-long event, enjoying music from some of the Triangle’s top jazz artists in 11 venues. The second annual event will model this success with a pub-crawl experience, but will add more performances, and a wider variety of music. A major addition to the festival this year is the Jazz Beer Garden that will operate in conjunction with the outdoor stage in the parking area of the Apex Chamber of Commerce.
“We’re incredibly excited about the beer garden and outdoor stage, and expect it to be a major focal point of the Jazz Festival this year,” said Blaine East, chair of the APEX JAZZ FESTIVAL committee, member of the ADBA, and owner of Landcore Group. “Downtown Apex has never had a beer garden at a festival before, so we’re making sure we set the bar high. Pair that with the great lineup of bands we have playing on the outdoor stage and it’s sure to be a great experience for everyone involved.”
While last year’s festival featured only Jazz, for the 2nd annual event the organizers have included a broader variety of music that will feature a number of Blues acts. This year’s Halle Cultural Arts Center headliner, Seth Walker from Austin, Texas, is just one of them. Other notable Blues performers on the bill are the Piedmont Blues greats Ironing Board Sam, and Big Ron Hunter. Mark Holland, formerly with 90s-era Chapel Hill band Jennyanykind, will also deliver his gritty style of acoustic Blues. For those coming to the festival for great Jazz, sure to be a favorite this year is former Squirrel Nut Zippers lead, Katharine Whalen with her newly-formed Katharine Whalen Trio.
Tickets for the 2ND ANNUAL APEX JAZZ FESTIVAL are available now at www.apexjazzfestival.com. Tickets for the outdoor stage and all of the pub venues are ONLY $10. All-inclusive tickets for the outdoor stage, all pub venues, and admission to the headliner performance at the Halle Cultural Arts center are just $20. Admission into the Beer Garden is limited to those 21 years of age and older.
The festival committee is still taking volunteers for a number of posts. Those interested in volunteering at the 2ND ANNUAL APEX JAZZ FESTIVAL, please contact the volunteer coordinator, Stephanie Carola, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional information on the 2ND ANNUAL APEX JAZZ FESTIVAL, please contact either John Kozicki at 919-924-0425, or via e-mail at email@example.com, or Blaine East at 919-796-6203.
For additional information on the Apex Downtown Business Association, please contact the group’s president, J.C. Knowles at 919-772-5472 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Apex Downtown Business Association is a non-profit public entity dedicated to sustaining and developing Historic Downtown Apex. Its members include retail, restaurant and service businesses in and around Downtown Apex. The Apex Downtown Business Association is also instrumental in planning a number of the family friendly special events that draw patrons to Downtown Apex.
For more information, visit www.apexdowntown.com.
2nd Annual Apex Jazz Festival
Saturday, September 15, 2012
4:00pm – 9:30pm Outdoor Stage/Beer Garden (Chamber of Commerce)
4:00 – 5:30 Jo Gore and The Alternative
6:00 – 7:30 MikeMickXer
8:00 – 9:30 Peak City Sound
7:00pm – 9:00pm Halle Cultural Arts Center Headliner Stage
7:00pm – 1:00am Pub Bands
7:00 – 10:00 The Beer Dispensary
7:00 – 10:00 Peak City Grill
7:00 – 10:00 Woomer Insurance
7:00 – 10:00 Common Grounds Coffee
Jim McCann Jazz Project
8:00 – 11:00 Empire Cigars The Vault
8:00 – 11:00 Tirza’s
8:00 – 11:00 La Rancharita
9:00 – 12:00 Anna’s Pizza
Steve Hobbs Trio
9:00 – 12:00 The Hideaway
Big Ron Hunter and Ironing Board Sam
10:00 – 1:00 Salem Street Pub
Blues World Order
10:00 – 1:00 Peak City Grill
Katharine Whalen Trio