Jazz Fest fans will be able to freely swap their club passes this year, and a few venues are swapping in and out, too.
Co-Producers John Nugent and Marc Iacona released an announcement on Tuesday saying that club passes for the CGI Rochester International Jazz Fest will go on sale for the 2019 festival at 10 a.m. Friday.
They also announced what’s in, what’s out and what’s in play in terms of venues; Xerox Auditorium, for instance, is in limbo because the building is for sale. The Little Theatre will take a pass this year because of ongoing renovations.
Two venues leaving the festival are the Harro East Ballroom, and Anthology. In their place will be Geva Theatre Center and the M&T Bank Pavilion.
Iacona said Geva will host two Jazz Fests shows for all nine nights of the festival.
“The new M&T Bank Pavilion will accommodate 1000 patrons for 21 Club Pass shows,” Iacona said. “We will be announcing the location for this new venue very soon, so stay tuned.”
Nine-day passes will allow patrons their choice of 220 ticketed shows. A three-day pass is also available for any three days that the owner chooses to use it. Seats at the club shows are first-come, first-served and tickets can also be purchased for individual shows.
“Based on the popularity and demand for the Shareable Club Pass that we introduced last year, this year all passes will be fully shareable and transferable,” said Nugent. Ticket holders will no longer need to take photos for their passes, which Nugent said would simplify the process of exchanging a paid voucher for the physical pass.
“The individual ticket cost for two shows a day for nine days would be almost $600 so the pass offers big savings,” Nugent pointed out. Pass prices are at their lowest ($200 for the nine-day ticket and a processing fee) until Dec. 31. Prices go up a second time after March 31 if tickets haven’t sold out by then.
In addition to the shows in the club venues, the festival typically offers more than 90 free shows, workshops for students, a series of tickets shows by headliners at the Eastman Theatre. The headliners haven’t been announced yet and usually are announced as soon as contracts are finalized.
Since the festival began in 2002, its attendance numbers have risen from 15,000 the inaugural year to 208,000 in 2018.
Club passes can be purchased online or over the phone at (585) 454-2060.
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