SPAC Jazz Fest Adds New Bands

March 21st, 2016, 9:00 am by Greg

The Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs has announced the final additions to the 2016 fest, which is slated for Saturday & Sunday, June 25 & 26.

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CHAKA KHAN
The 10-time Grammy Award winner will headline the opening night on Saturday, June 25. She has released 22 albums and racked up 10 No. 1 hits, eight gold singles and 11 gold and platinum albums. She is the recipient of a BET Honors award, induction into the Apollo Legends Hall of Fame and the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame, and has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The acclaimed funk-soul singer best known for timeless hits “I’m Every Woman,” “Tell Me Something Good” (with Rufus) and “Ain’t Nobody” will be returning to the SPAC stage for the first time in 20 years.

JARROD LAWSON
The rising star of soul will make his SPAC debut on the Gazebo Stage on Sunday, June 26. The Oregon-based singer will perform original songs from his self-titled 2014 debut album.

In addition, the fest will celebrate the 13th birthday of jazz piano wunderkind Joey Alexander on Saturday, June 25. Piano great Chick Corea – who is making his ninth SPAC jazz fest appearance – will be honored with a star on the SPAC Walk of Fame during a ceremony on Sunday, June 26.

GO HERE for the complete line-up of the 2016 Freihofer’s Jazz Festival…

ADDITIONAL UPCOMING FESTIVALS FOR 2016:
MOVE MUSIC FESTIVAL @ various locations, Albany, April 22-24
ROCK ‘N DERBY FESTIVAL @ Schaghticoke Fairgrounds, Schaghticoke, May 20-22
MOUNTAIN JAM @ Hunter Mountain, Hunter, June 2-5
A TASTE OF COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL @ Hunter Mountain, Hunter, June 10-12
CLEARWATER’S GREAT HUDSON RIVER REVIVAL @ Croton Point Park, Croton-On-Hudson, June 18-19 UPDATE: This festival has been cancelled.
OLD SONGS FESTIVAL @ Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont, June 24-26
FREIHOFER’S SARATOGA JAZZ FESTIVAL @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, June 25 & 26
GREEN RIVER FESTIVAL @ Greenfield Community College, Greenfield, July 8-10
COUNTRYFEST @ Schaghticoke Fairgrounds, Schaghticoke, July 9
GREY FOX BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL @ Walsh Farm, Oak Hill, July 14-17
FRESHGRASS @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, September 16-18
JAZZ AT THE LAKE @ Shepard Park, Lake George, September 17 & 18