Arts & Culture

Jazz Takes Center Stage Over Labor Day Weekend

Local legends, international sensations and promising young artists share their love of music at the 4th Riverfront Jazz Festival

Riverfront Jazz Festival
David C Justin
Posted on Aug 19, 2021

For those with an appreciation for the smoother things in life, the Black Academy of Arts and Letters is hosting the 4th Riverfront Jazz Festival at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center over Labor Day Weekend.

The 3-day event features renowned artists from all over the world performing jazz, R&B, soul, blues and neo-soul. In addition, promising young artists from Dallas/Fort Worth area schools and music programs will take the stage to showcase their talent.

The festival kicks off with a free pre-festival concert on Thursday, September 2, at the AT&T Discovery District downtown. The evening begins with the sounds of New Orleans from The Big Easy Brass Band followed by a non-stop jam session featuring Dallas' top vocalists and instrumentalists like Jada Arnell, Jose Echevarria and singer Dana Harper-Moka.


On Friday, September 3, the festival officially begins at the VisitDallas Main Stage in the Convention Center Arena with the Dallas Hot Band opening for Grammy Award winner and local legend Erykah Badu.

On Saturday, September 4, the River Front Jazz Festival spreads out across three venues - the Visit Dallas Main Stage, the Blues and Soul Main State and the Promising Young Artists Stage. Featuring drummer Pete Escovedo, saxophonist David Sanborn and a variety of young local artists, the day ends with a performance by the "Mother of Hip-Hop" Millie Jackson.

On Sunday, September 5, the festival comes to a close with performances by pianist Keiko Matsui, singer Jeffrey Osborne, the SOS Band, and more young local artists before Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Terence Blanchard takes the stage with select members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.


Tickets to the 4th River Front Jazz Festival start at $59 for 1-day general admission to $219 for 3-day VIP admission. For tickets, lineup information, COVID-19 restrictions and afterparty information, check out the Riverfront Jazz Festival website.