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Experience a Day Full of Music and Fun at the Jazz in the Valley Festival

Jazz in the Valley returns to Poughkeepsie for its 19th annual celebration of America’s music along the majestic Hudson River on Sunday, August 18th! The Jazz in the Valley Festival fills Waryas Park with an electric energy, incredible music, all with picturesque views of the river and breathtaking surrounding landscape. Purchase your festival tickets today and join us!

On the main stage see headline acts including influential bassist Ron Carter, passionate young musician Giveton Gelin, talented sibling duo the Baylor Project, saxophonists Javon Jackson, and two-time GRAMMY award winning salsa and jazz band, the Spanish Harlem Orchestra. The festival’s second stage, Memorial Stage, offers free performances by regional musicians located at Upper Landing Park (adjacent to the Walkway over the Hudson). Please bring chairs or blankets for your comfort at this stage.

Spend the entire day enjoying not only music, but Jazz Café restaurants and food trucks from across the region which will have a variety of cuisines along with craft beers and other goodies. Or take a stroll down the Art Walk along the Hudson River featuring curated crafts and fine art produced by regional artisans and artists.

No car? No problem! Metro-North Railroad is offering a Rail & Festival Discount Ticket Package, with Waryas Park just a short walk from the Poughkeepsie station. Start your day with a scenic train ride along the Hudson River on the Metro-North to Poughkeepsie. Walk toward the river from the train station as the gates open at 11am. You won’t miss a beat when the music starts at 12pm. Train doesn’t spark your interest? Learn about the Bus & Festival Discount Ticket Package by contacting Roy Greenidge at (917) 771-3137 or email stepstone@prodigy.net. If you do plan to drive, find parking options here.

About Jazz in the Valley

Jazz in the Valley began as an afternoon of music when TRANSART received an individual artist grant commission from the New York State Council on the Arts to commission Ahmad Jamal to create an original composition for the organization. Inspired by the natural beauty of the area he created “Picture Perfect” and it was first heard in a concert in the summer of 2000. Promoted as an afternoon of music and art the concert has since grown into an annual festival, showcasing music performed by world-class musicians, fittingly complemented by breathtaking views of the Hudson River Valley as backdrop. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support is provided by Dutchess County Tourism, City of Poughkeepsie and our media partners Poughkeepsie Journal and Metro North Railroad.

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