Oh yes, it’s back. The Halifax Jazz Festival line-up has been announced for this summer and we can promise you, it’s absolutely incredible. With more than 90 acts for just over a week of shows, this is as good as it gets.
Never an event to hold back, opening night starts out with the world famous Dr. John and the Nite Trippers. The New Orleans’ native brings the sounds of Mardi Gras to Halifax with his five-time Grammy award-winning band. Jazz bigwigs like Peter Van Huffel’s GORILLA MASK and The John Scofield Überjam Band will be keeping the groove going through the rest of the week.
The Triplets of Belleville 10th anniversary pays tribute to the iconic film The Triplettes de Belleville with Benoit Charest and Sageev Oore's Sonic Silents on Tuesday.
If hip-hop is what you’re after this year’s line-up doesn’t disappoint. With groups such as Washington, DC artist Oddisee & Good Compny, the Ottawa based Aboriginal hip-hop trio A Tribe Called Red and Halifax’s The Extremities. The Southern soul sound of Lee Fields and the Expressions will be fielding it on the R&B side of things with Asia & NuGruv opening the show.
You’ll also get the chance to watch as Galaxie Rising Star contestants duke it out for $5000 to put towards their career. Groups in this category include Curse in the Woods, The Caravan, Kirsten Olivia, Reeny Smith and Tyson Naylor Trio.
Reggae fans should get ready to have their minds blown. We are so not kidding when we tell you that gracing this year’s festival will be The Wailers. As in Bob Marley’s Wailers. This is a once in a lifetime experience you won’t want to miss. Even casual reggae listeners should be climbing over each other to hear these guys play. As if that wasn’t enough, the festival also includes Andru Branch and Halfway Tree and Verbal Warnin’, two Halifax's consistent greats.
A beautiful selection of world music promises a variety of really excellent sounds. Der Heisser, Gabriel Alegria Afro Peruvian Sextet, Kiran Ahluwalia and Niyaz round out the sounds of the festival.
The phenomenal thirteen-piece Grammy-winning Spanish Harlem Orchestra brings a Latin sound to the festival. They’ll play with Augusto Enriquez and Jeff Goodspeed.
The festival will be taking place this year from July 5-13 and you can opt to attend one evening’s events or all of them. The full line-up and schedule can be found at the Halifax Jazz Festival’s website. However, we definitely recommend sloughing off work and checking them all out. After all, good music always comes before anything else. Everyone knows that.