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Come to The San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival

Friday, Saturday, Sunday
July 7-9, 2017

Hosted by Brian Culbertson

The San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival unites music lovers from around the world at the picturesque site of Embarcadero Park North in the San Diego Marina. This two-day event combines the soothing sounds of smooth jazz, a variety of delicious cuisine, and an amazing atmosphere that creates an unparalleled experience. Yes.

Presented by Rainbow Promotions and Payne Pest Management.

Our Venue

Embarcadero Marina Park North, San Diego

Embarcadero Park North

Address:  400 Kettner Blvd. San Diego, CA 92101

The Artists

Check out our incredible lineup

SCHEDULE

Eric Darius / Monty Seward

An Intimate Evening Under the Stars with Eric Darius / Unplugged with Monty Seward

The San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival invites VIP patrons to come and spend Friday, July 7, 2017 in an Intimate Evening with Eric Darius and Unplugged with Monty Seward from 6:00pm-9:30pm. Additional purchase required. Limited number of tickets available. To purchase this add-on, please click here or on the “FRI VIP Add-on” button.

Eric Darius / Monty Seward

Saxophonist, composer, producer, and vocalist Eric Darius likes to play by his own rules. Fearlessly pushing all musical boundaries, he is one of the most exciting musicians to enter the Contemporary Jazz scene in the last decade. Monty Seward, a California native, was born and raised in the Los Angeles county. He has been performing since the early age of 5 years old, singing solos in church, performing for special events, dignitaries and school assemblies all while developing his talent as a singersongwriter and performer.

Brian Culbertson

Brian Culbertson is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist, writer and producer who crosses genres between contemporary jazz, R&B, and funk. Heralding from the musically rich city of Chicago, he began his musical studies at the early age of 8 on piano and quickly picked up several other instruments by age 12 including drums, trombone, bass, & euphonium. Inspired by the great R&B/Jazz/Pop artists of the 70’s like EWF, Tower of Power, Chicago, David Sanborn, and others, Brian Culbertson started composing original music for his 7th grade piano recital and hasn’t stopped having self-produced 16 solo albums, most of which have topped the Billboard Contemporary Jazz charts.

Michael Franks

Over the languorous course of 33 years and 16 albums, Michael Franks has mesmerized an international legion of fans with his one-of-a-kind artistry. Seamlessly weaving lyrics of stunning sensuality, wit, reflection and literary eloquence over music that tastefully utilizes top shelf shadings of jazz, soul, pop, chamber and music from around the globe, Michael Franks the songwriter has set a bar in the music world that places him as nothing less than a statesman of song craft. His best known works include “Popsicle Toes,” “Monkey See-Monkey Do,” “The Lady Wants To Know,” “When the Cookie Jar is Empty,” “Tiger in the Rain,” “Rainy Night in Tokyo” and “Tell Me All About It” (covered by artists ranging from Diana Krall and Natalie Cole to Manhattan Transfer and the Carpenters). As if that weren’t enough, Michael Franks the singer is gifted with a gentle, deliciously expressive voice – identifiable from note one.

EPK: Euge Groove, Peter White, Keiko Matsui

Euge Groove “Fear and creativity can not live in the same room,” declares free-spirited and consummate chart-topping saxophonist, composer, producer and radio host Euge Groove. “You can’t bring fear into the creative process. It took me a while to get that.” Euge Groove’s Ying and Yang and ebb and flow approach to his artistry and life have allowed him to enjoy a career longevity that is atypical. The highly sought after musical chameleon has been called upon for his musical prowess by everyone from Rock `N’ Roll Hall of Famer Tina Turner and balladeer Luther Vandross to UK Blues Rocker Joe Cocker, Richard Marx, Tower of Power and Huey Lewis and the News, among countless others.   Peter White Like so many millions of us, guitarist Peter White still feels closest to the music he absorbed while growing up. As a British teen in the ’60s, he kept his ears glued to the radio—soaking up the exciting new sounds of rock bands like the Beatles and soul giants like Stevie Wonder—and tried to learn how to play those songs on the acoustic guitar his dad had given him. It didn’t take him long to get the hang of it, and now, after more than four decades as both a leader and sideman, he’s returning to those tunes that impacted him so forcefully in his youth.   Keiko Matsui Keiko Matsui is an icon of contemporary jazz. With nearly 1.2 million units sold in the U.S. alone and packed concert halls, she is one of the most recognized artists in the genre. Her elegant piano melodies and gentle jazz grooves have enormous appeal and never disappoint her loyal fan base which she has cultivated with over a dozen albums and stunning live shows.  

Nick Colionne

Since breaking through to contemporary urban jazz stardom in the early 2000s, Nick Colionne has been one of the genre´s most dynamic and tireless live performers, headlining hundreds of shows and energizing fans across the U.S. and Europe with his sizzling blend of jazz, R&B, funk, blues and soulful, seductive vocals. Over the years, the charismatic, inspirationally fashionable (courtesy of designer Stacy Adams) Chicago based guitarist´s album titles have kept everyone in the loop as to where his musical heart is. He has mastered the art of Keepin´ It Cool (2006), pushed musical boundaries to a place where there are No Limits (2008), urged us to Feel The Heat (2011) and later explored some of his deepest Influences (2014).

The L.A. Collective

What is evident about the LA Collective, a contemporary Jazz group, is their musical persona galvanizes the stage with high powered energy and they delight in each other’s company which creates a palpable synergy. This group is comprised of four accomplished musicians, guitarist ADAM HAWLEY, drummer TONY MOORE, keyboardist GREG MANNING and bassist DARRYL WILLIAMS. The LA Collective originally came together as a backup band for different artists on the 2014 Dave Koz Cruise to Alaska. However, the band’s success catapulted them into deciding they would be a permanent fixture in the Southern California contemporary jazz music scene. There is a raw energy to their sound, which is a blend of jazz, funk, Latin and soul. The group draws directly from the diverse talents of its members and the “collective energy” they manifest on stage. Their ability to switch effortlessly from one style to another comes from a shared passion for varying styles of music, plus each musician’s proficiency on their instrument.

Boney James

Four-time GRAMMY nominee and multi-platinum selling sax-man Boney James continues his artistic evolution with the dynamic futuresoul. Fusing his love for vintage soul music with his mastery of modern production, Boney has created another genre-bending work following on the heels of his 2014 GRAMMY-nominated album The Beat. “The forms I’m working with are rooted in my early influences,” says James, dropping names like King Curtis, the Stylistics and Earth, Wind & Fire. “But recently I’ve been listening to contemporary artists like Tinashé, Sam Smith and Ellie Goulding, and I’m inspired by the sound of their recordings. The production is so cool and evocative. As I started the new record, I was in my backyard studio messing around with this “gearhead” stuff I’ve collected. Ideas started flowing and it sounded like modern soul music to me. I thought to myself, ‘What is this?’… And then it hit me: ‘futuresoul.’”

West Coast Jam With Richard Elliot, Rick Braun & Norman Brown

RICHARD ELLIOT
Having embarked upon one of instrumental music’s most dynamic and multi-faceted career, Richard Elliot’s sound has played a huge part in pioneering the genre and radio format that became today’s contemporary urban jazz. Born in the Scottish highlands and transplanted to Los Angeles at the age of three, he primarily grooved to R&B and was smitten with the Motown sound. As a teenager, he was taken by the tenor sax and found himself capable of expressing his own musical voice through it..
 
RICK BRAUN
Nearly twenty years into his solo career, Rick Braun’s done just about everything, from backing the likes of Rod Stewart and Sade to stepping out into the spotlight as a vocalist and a master of the trumpet and flugelhorn. The Allentown, Pennsylvania-born Braun began playing music in elementary school, ultimately winding up at the prestigious Eastman School of Music. There he hooked up with like-minded musicians to form a jazz-fusion combo, Auracle.
 
NORMAN BROWN
Born in Shreveport, Louisiana, and raised in Kansas City, Kansas, GRAMMY® Award winner Norman Brown first picked up a guitar at the age of eight. Inspired by Jimi Hendrix’s mind-bending rock sounds, Brown soon discovered his father’s favorite artist, Wes Montgomery, and found his stylistic holy grail. After high school, Brown moved to Los Angeles to pursue his musical career, attending the Musicians Institute where he also taught for a time. While playing with his own group in local clubs, and drawing comparisons to George Benson, Brown was discovered and signed to the MoJazz label, a division of Motown. He delivered his 1992 debut, Just Between Us, and followed with the gold-certified After The Storm and 1996’s Better Days Ahead.

Gerald Albright, Jonathan Butler

Gerald Albright
One of the biggest stars of R&B, contemporary and straight-ahead jazz, Gerald Albright has earned his reputation as a “musician’s musician.” Born in Los Angeles, he began piano lessons at an early age. Albright’s love of music picked up considerably when he was given a saxophone that had belonged to his piano teacher. By the time he enrolled at the University of Redlands, he was already a polished saxophonist. Albright decided to switch to bass guitar after he saw Louis Johnson in concert. A few months after graduating from college, he joined jazz pianist/R&B singer Patrice Rushen, who was in the process of forming her own band. Later, when the bass player left in the middle of a tour, Albright replaced him and finished the tour on bass guitar.
 
Jonathan Butler
South African singer-songwriter-guitarist Jonathan Butler is tending to his herb garden at his suburban Los Angeles valley home. Growing tomatoes, bell peppers, rosemary, sage and thyme, his new pastime that he says gives him “a new sense of heaven” is part of a mindset he’s cultivated that he’s dubbed “the season of me.” The musical counterpart to this harvest season in the two-time Grammy nominee’s life is “Living My Dream,” a bountiful feast of organically-nurtured contemporary jazz instrumentals and soul-mined R&B vocal cuts – all original songs that he produced and tracked live in the House of Blues studio in Los Angeles..
 

Eric Darius

Saxophonist, composer, producer, and vocalist Eric Darius likes to play by his own rules. Fearlessly pushing all musical boundaries, he is one of the most exciting musicians to enter the Contemporary Jazz scene in the last decade. His explosive arrival as a recording artist at the age of 17 caused a frenzy worldwide! Now, with six critically acclaimed albums under his belt, a Number One hit single, and Seven Top 10 radio hits on Nielsen’s R&R/Billboard Contemporary Jazz Charts, international recording artist, Eric Darius’ star continues to rise straight to the top. Prophetically hailed Debut Artist of the Year by Smooth Jazz News in 2004, Eric has shared the stage with innumerable world renown, Grammy Award-winning artists, such as Prince, Jamie Foxx, Mary J. Blige, David Foster, Carlos Santana, Babyface, Wynton Marsalis & George Benson, just to name a few. His music innovatively crosses over all music boundaries from Jazz, R&B, Hip-Hop, to Pop, creating a very distinctive, fresh sound and approach that is uniquely his own.

Curtis Brooks

Curtis Brooks is a professional Saxophonist, Songwriter and Producer with more than a decade of experience entertaining audiences with his music. His debut CD “Relax” has been ranked in the top-five on Amazon Music Bestseller’s list and plays on stations Worldwide. “Relax” has also been a top seller at festivals and concerts.   Curtis’ devotion to his music, as well as his passion, humbleness, improvisation skills, stage presence and distinctive ability to energize audiences has earned him the attention of concert promoters, fellow artist and fans. Highlights of his festival appearances include 2016 Newport Beach Jazz Festival, 2015 Cancun Jazz Festival, San Diego, Arizona and Gardena Jazz Festivals. He has also performed at Walt Disney Concert Hall, Thornton Winery, Spaghettini Seal Beach, Humphreys San Diego and other similar venues.

GET TICKETS

VIP and Reserved Seats sell fast so get your tickets now!
Tickets can be purchased online by clicking on the link below or by calling Rainbow Promotions at (562) 424-0013.

FRIDAY, JULY 7, 2017 6:00PM – 9:30PM

An Intimate Evening Under the Stars with Eric Darius / Unplugged with Monty Seward

This private event is available only as an add-on for $89.00 per ticket with the purchase of a VIP ticket. Each ticket includes dinner and 2 drinks. Only a limited number of tickets are available for this event. To purchase this add-on, please click here or on the “VIP Package with FRI Add-on” button and you will be given the option to purchase your Saturday and/or Sunday VIP ticket as well. The Friday event is not available as a single ticket purchase.

SATURDAY, JULY 8, 2017 11:30AM – 7:20PM (GATES OPEN AT 10:30AM)

VIP Seating

 

Reserved Seats

 

General Admission

$ 250.00 per person, per day (includes dinner and wine)

 

$ 110.00 per person, per day

 

$ 65.00 per person, per day

SUNDAY, JULY 9, 2017 2:00PM – 9:30PM (GATES OPEN AT 12:OOPM NOON)

VIP Seating

 

Reserved Seats

 

General Admission

$ 250.00 per person, per day (includes dinner and wine)

 

$ 110.00 per person, per day

 

$ 65.00 per person, per day

Ticket Information

VIP SEATING provides stage-front seating served with all of the amenities of fine dining with specially prepared meals served buffet-style and complimentary wine (limited). VIP patrons will have access to mingle with their favorite jazz artists at their discretion.

PLEASE NOTE: ALL VIP ticket holders must check in at the MAIN GATE ENTRANCE VIP CHECK-IN BOOTH in order to receive VIP Credentials for festival entry.
RESERVED SEATING is located behind the VIP Seating area and provides a reserved seat (padded chair).
GENERAL ADMISSION seating is located on the grass area. Patrons may wish to bring a blanket or low-back sand chair to sit on. General admission seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

VIP SEATING provides stage-front seating served with all of the amenities of fine dining with specially prepared meals served buffet-style and complimentary wine (limited). VIP patrons will have access to mingle with their favorite jazz artists at their discretion.

PLEASE NOTE: ALL VIP ticket holders must check in at the MAIN GATE ENTRANCE VIP CHECK-IN BOOTH in order to receive VIP Credentials for festival entry.

Credit/Debit Card: A $5.00 processing fee will be charged PER TICKET for all credit or debit card transactions.

WILL CALL/PRINT-AT-HOME: All tickets are available with a Print-at-Home option for a fee of $4.00 per order. For Will Call or Mail orders, a $5.00 fee will be charged per order. Box Office pick-up orders not retrieved from the office, will require a $5.00 fee at the Will Call window on the day of the event.

A $5.00 handling fee will be charged per order. Tickets will be mailed via regular U.S. Mail.

THE LAST DAY TO PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE WILL BE THURSDAY, JULY 6, 2017 AT 6:00PM (PST). After this date, tickets will be available for purchase at the gate starting Saturday, July 8th at 9:30AM.

PLEASE NOTE: ALL SALES ARE FINAL. TICKET PRICES SHOWN ARE VALID ONLY UNTIL JULY 6, 2017 AND WILL BE $10.00 MORE AT THE GATE.

All acts advertised have confirmed their appearance; however, all acts and times are subject to change without prior notice. ALL SALES ARE FINAL. NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES WILL BE ALLOWED. Lost tickets WILL NOT be replaced.

Your privacy is important to us. Any information provided to merchants on our website will not be released to anyone and will be kept private and confidential. We will never sell or share your information with any 3rd Parties without your consent.

Sponsor Hotel

The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter

Address

910 Broadway Circle. San Diego, CA 92101

Click here to reserve your room

INFORMATION

PARKING AND DIRECTIONS

Directions to Embarcadero Marina Park North

Address: 400 Kettner Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101 (located adjacent to Seaport Village)

From Los Angeles: Take 405 Fwy South to 5 Fwy South.

From Riverside/San Bernardino: Take 91 Fwy East to 5 Fwy South

Take Exit 17 towards Front Street/Civic Center. Stay on Front Street to Harbor Blvd. Turn right onto Harbor Blvd. Go to Kettner Blvd. and turn left onto Embarcadero Marina Park North.

Parking will be available at the San Diego Convention Center located at 111 West Harbor Drive, San Diego CA 92101.

Parking Fee: $15.00

The parking hours are from 6:00 am. to 12:00 am.

There are no in-or-out privileges.  No overnight parking.

Privacy Policy

Your privacy is important to us. Any information provided to merchants on our website will not be released to anyone and will be kept private and confidential. We will never sell or share your information with any 3rd Parties without your consent.

FESTIVAL POLICY

All acts advertised have confirmed their appearance; however acts and times are subject to change without notice.

The following items will be permitted for entry into the Festival:

  • Picnic Baskets/small personal coolers (up to 10 quarts)
  • Plastic Utensils and Plastic Food Containers only
  • Factory-Sealed Plastic Beverage Containers
  • A Low-Back, Sand Chair for Lawn Seating

To assure a safe and enjoyable festival experience for all, please note that the following items will NOT be permitted into the Festival – STRICTLY ENFORCED:

  • NO Umbrellas or High-back Chairs
  • NO Wagons
  • NO Alcoholic Beverages
  • NO Thermoses
  • NO Open Containers
  • NO camera equipment with professional large, zoom, or detachable lenses
  • NO Video Equipment
  • NO Footstools or Footrests
  • NO Portable Grills
  • NO Tables or “Blow Up” Furniture of any kind
  • NO Glass or Metal Containers
  • NO Aluminum Cans
  • NO Metal Utensils or Miscellaneous Metal or Sharp Objects
  • NO Coolers over 10 Quarts
  • NO PETS (except approved service animals with proper paperwork. You must sign a waiver at the Festival entrance)
  • NO Unauthorized Vendors
  • NO In/Out privileges

Please note: ALL personal belongings WILL BE SEARCHED at the entrance, so please adhere to all rules to avoid a delay to others during the entry process.

Vendors from all over the region will display their food & wares. Beer, Wine, and Alcoholic beverages will be on sale at the festival site.

NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES. YOU ASSUME ALL RISK INCIDENTAL TO THE EVENT AND YOU AGREE THAT THE PORT OF SAN DIEGO, THE MANAGEMENT, ITS AGENTS, AND THE PERFORMERS ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR ANY INJURIES RESULTING FROM SUCH CAUSES. NO TRANSMISSION OR AIDING IN TRANSMITTING ANY DESCRIPTION, ACCOUNT, PICTURE, OR REPRODUCTION OF THE EVENT, GAME, PERFORMANCE, OR EXHIBITION IS ALLOWED. YOU HEREBY CONSENT TO THE REASONABLE SEARCH FOR ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES, DRUGS, OR WEAPONS. YOU FURTHER CONSENT TO THE USE OF YOUR IMAGE OR LIKENESS INCIDENTAL TO ANY DISPLAY, TRANSMISSION, OR REPRODUCTION OF THE EVENT. MANAGEMENT RESERVES THE RIGHT TO REFUSE ADMISSION OR EJECT ANY PERSON WHOSE CONDUCT IS DEEMED BY MANAGEMENT TO BE DISORDERLY OR WHO FAILS TO COMPLY WITH THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS HEREIN.

ALL SALES ARE FINAL. NO CANCELLATIONS OR REFUNDS. RAIN OR SHINE.

LOST TICKETS WILL NOT BE REPLACED. TREAT AS CASH.

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Contact Us

Rainbow Promotions, LLC
3505 Long Beach Blvd. Suite 2G
Long Beach, CA 90807
Phone: 562.424.0013
Fax: 562.424.0443
info@rainbowpromotions.com