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 August 31, 2017 - Dauphin County to host a three-day Jazz & Wine Festival on September 8 – 10 at Fort Hunter Park

HARRISBURG, PA (August 31, 2017) – Internationally recognized jazz greats will take the stage at the eleventh annual Dauphin County Jazz and Wine Festival, presented by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA), PNC Bank and The Central Pennsylvania Friends of Jazz. The three-day outdoor festival will be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 8 and from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9 and Sunday, Sept. 10 at scenic Fort Hunter Park in Harrisburg. 


“Enjoy the sounds of smooth jazz at Dauphin County’s annual Jazz and Wine Festival on the lawn of historic Fort Hunter Park,” said Dauphin County Board of Commissioners’ Chairman Jeff Haste, who has oversight of the county’s Parks and Recreation Department. “With a weekend pass, you can experience three days of live entertainment from top-notch bands.”
The festival will feature 12 national acts, two stages, dancing, and a host of food and craft vendors. Festival entertainment will be under a large tent.
“You don’t have to travel far or spend a lot to see great entertainment,” said Commissioner Mike Pries. “Having events like this enhances the quality of life in our region.”
On Friday, Teen Town, a jazz fusion group made up of three incredible teenage musicians, will kick off the event. The Jost Project, described as classic rock in a jazz format will perform. Three-time Grammy Award-nominee Joey DeFrancesco + the People will headline Friday night. Joey was raised in Philadelphia and has toured with world renowned artists like Ray Charles, Diana Krall, David Sanborn and more.


On Saturday, international recording star Eric Roberson will headline. Saxophonist Kim Waters will also perform on the heels of his new release “Rhythm and Romance.” Kenny Allen and Brian Lenair will open Saturday’s festival, and the Paul Bratcher Quartet will perform on the corncrib stage.

After Saturday’s festival, the River City Blue Club will be holding an All-Star Jam Session from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the club at 819 S. Cameron St. This year’s session will feature Carl “C Man” Anderson, Kenny Allen, Brian Lenair and Friends. Festival pass holders can attend for $10 with their Jazz & Wine Festival wristband and $15 without the wristband. Other artists have been known to show up at the jam session.

On Sunday, enjoy international sensation and festival headliner Eric Darius with Jeff Bradshaw. The day will also feature Jarrod Lawson, as well as jazz violinist Chelsey Green with Jeanette Harris and David P. Stevens. Airis Smallwood & The Singer’s Lounge will perform on the Corncrib Stage.
Guests can sample and purchase various wines from eight wineries with the Hershey Harrisburg Wine Country. Free wine glasses will be given to the first 3,000 guests.


“Don’t miss our last large-scale music festival of the season,” said Commissioner George P. Hartwick, III. “The weekend-long festival not only showcases incredible local talent, but also brings people together and reflects our commitment to providing programs that improve our quality of life.”


Guests are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets and picnic baskets to the outdoor festival.  The event will be held rain or shine. Please note that no outside alcohol is permitted. Coolers will be checked at the door. Gates will open at 5 p.m. on Friday and at 3 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.


Enjoy three days of outstanding live entertainment with a pass to the festival. Passes are $50 in advance and $60 at the door and can be purchased at Dauphin County Parks and Recreation’s office at Fort Hunter Park, Mr. Mike’s Records and online at Click on the Jazz & Wine Festival banner.
The following organizations sponsored the 2017 special events: Highmark BlueShield, PA Housing & Finance Agency, M&T Bank, PNC Bank, The Brenner Family Dealerships, abc27, Hershey Company, Capital BlueCross, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts,  Pinnacle Health, Sheetz, Giant Food Stores, Jump Street, Perry Media Group, Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority, Lamar Advertising, Fun 101, ESPN, WXPN, WITF, WQLV, Urban Connection, The Burg, WGAL, Hampton Inn & Suites, Springhill Suites, Days Inn Harrisburg North, Harrisburg Hilton, Hershey Harrisburg Regional Visitor’s Bureau, Filson Water, Clarion Inn, Best Western Premiere, Crowne Plaza, Showcase Now, Latino Connection, Hershey Harrisburg Wine Country, Central Pennsylvania Friends of Jazz, Blues Society of Central PA, and the Susquehanna Folk Music Society.
For more information about Dauphin County’s Jazz and Wine Festival, please visit or call 717-599-5188.  Connect with Dauphin County Parks and Recreation at and
Fort Hunter Park is located at 5300 N. Front St., six miles north of downtown Harrisburg.


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