Dauphin County to host the 13th annual Jazz & Wine Festival from. Sept. 6 - 8 at Fort Hunter Park

HARRISBURG, PA (September 3, 2019) – Internationally recognized jazz greats will take the stage at the 13th annual Dauphin County Jazz and Wine Festival, presented by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA), PNC Bank and Central Pennsylvania Friends of Jazz. The three-day outdoor festival will be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 6 and from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7 and Sunday, Sept. 8 at scenic Fort Hunter Park in Harrisburg. 

“Fort Hunter Park provides the perfect backdrop for this outdoor festival that attracts thousands of visitors and top-notch acts every year,” said Dauphin County Board of Commissioners’ Chairman Jeff Haste, who has oversight of the county’s Parks and Recreation Department.

The festival will feature nine national acts as well as a host of food and craft vendors. Festival entertainment will be under a large tent.

“One of our biggest events of the year, the Jazz & Wine Festival not only offers outstanding live entertainment but also brings in tourists and gives the region an economic boost,” said Commissioner Mike Pries.

On Friday, Creole jazz sensation Alphonso Horne and The Gotham Kings will open on the Renewal by Andersen stage. The New York Guitar Summit with Pat Bianchi, Ed Cherry, Mark Whitfield and Bryon Landham, will headline Friday night. All four musicians are world renowned artists.

On Saturday, international recording star and Grammy Nominee Najee will headline. Vocalist Lindsey Webster will also perform.  Her first single release “Fool Me Once”, reached number one on the Smooth Jazz chart at Billboard Magazine, making her the first vocalist since Sade to have a #1 vocally driven hit. YouTube violinist, Daniel D. will open Saturday’s festival and the Harrisburg High School Drumline will also perform.

After Saturday’s festival, Club XL Live will be holding an All-Star Jam Session & Dance Party from 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. at 801 South 10th Street in Harrisburg. This year’s session will feature special guests, The Sugarhill Gang as well as Carl Anderson and Friends. Festival pass holders can attend for $15 with their Jazz & Wine Festival wristband and $20 without the wristband. Other artists have been known to show up at the jam session as well.

On Sunday, enjoy international sensation and festival headliner Pieces of a Dream. Their newest album, “On Another Note”, is currently #1 on the SmoothJazz.com charts. The day will also feature trombonist Jeff Bradshaw with vocalist Algebra with guitarist Kevin Jackson. JJ Sansaverino and Paula Atherton will open Sunday’s event. No Last Call will also perform.

Guests can sample and purchase various wines from 6 wineries from the Hershey Harrisburg Wine Country. Free wine glasses will be given to the first 2,500 guests.

“This festival has become one of the county’s most successful and well-attended events of the year,” said Commissioner George P. Hartwick, III. “Don’t miss this year’s outstanding line-up of entertainment.”

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, Music Man at Kline Village and online at www.DauphinCounty.org. Click on the Jazz & Wine Festival banner on the home page.

The Dauphin County Commissioners appreciate its many sponsors and community partners, including: Highmark Blue Shield, M&T Bank, Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, PNC Bank, Renewal by Andersen of Central PA, DKP Law, The Hershey Company, UPMC Pinnacle, Capital BlueCross, Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Visit Hershey Harrisburg,  Planet Fitness, iHeart radio, Fun 101, 98.9 WQLV, CBS21, The CW Central PA, My TV Central PA, D&S Tree Service, Crawdaddy’s of Harrisburg, abc27, Club XL Live, Showcase Now, Urban Connection, Lamar, WXPN, WITF, The Burg, Latino Connection, Kegerreis, Best Western Premier – The Central Hotel and Conference Center, Hotel Indigo, Harrisburg Hilton, Days Inn Harrisburg North, Hampton Inn Suites, Springhill Suites, Crowne Plaza, Hershey Harrisburg Wine Country, Susquehanna Folk Music Society, Central Pennsylvania Friends of Jazz, Filson Water, and Giant.

For more information about Dauphin County’s Jazz and Wine Festival, please visit www.DauphinCounty.org or call 717-599-5188.  Connect with Dauphin County Parks and Recreation at Facebook.com/DauphinCountyParksRecreation and Twitter.com/DauphinParksRec.

Fort Hunter Park is located at 5300 N. Front St., six miles north of downtown Harrisburg.