Niagara Jazz Festival to Kick-off Summer Festival Series at Oakes Garden Theatre

  • Niagara Jazz Festival will kick-off its season with The POWER of MUSIC event on June 21 at Niagara Parks’ Oakes Garden Theatre
  • Multi-media concert will feature 2024 JUNO Award nominated, award-winning musical group, Blackburn Brothers and the Sean Stanley Quartet
  • Tickets start at $40 per person, with discounted rates available for select groups
  • For more information and tickets, visit niagaraparks.com/Jazz

Niagara Parks in partnership with the Niagara Jazz Festival presented by TD Ready Commitment will host the kick-off to the Niagara Jazz Festival 2024 Summer Festival Series with The POWER of MUSIC at Oakes Garden Theatre on Saturday, June 21.

Set within one of Niagara Parks’ most spectacular outdoor venues overlooking the Falls, the historic Oakes Garden Theatre, the evening will feature performances by 2024 JUNO Award nominated Blues group Blackburn Brothers and the Sean Stanley Quartet. Tickets to the evening event are $40 per person with $1 per ticket sold donated to MusiCounts, Canada’s music education charity associated with the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Science (CARAS) and JUNO Awards.

Headlining the event is Blackburn Brothers, the award-winning Blues group led by a band of brothers whose musical lineage traces back to R&B legend Bobby Dean Blackburn. Blackburn Brothers’ most recent album SoulFunk’nBlues has received wide critical acclaim, including a 2024 JUNO nomination for Blues Album of the Year. The Blackburn Brothers are fourth-generation Canadians and descendants of freedom seekers through the Underground Railroad whose music shares a message of history, freedom, legacy, family, black unity, and love.

“The POWER of MUSIC stands as a testament to the vibrancy of the Black and Indigenous artists that we will be presenting. Against the stunning backdrop of Niagara Falls, Jazz and Blues music will echo stories of resilience. A magical blend of history, music, and nature. Come and join us for a summer evening in the most stunning live music venue on Earth!”

Juliet Dunn, Festival Co-Creator and Executive Artistic Producer

Opening for Blackburn Brothers are esteemed jazz musicians, the Sean Stanley Quartet. The Toronto-based quartet proudly plays Jazz, Swing and the Blues, including the music of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Ray Charles and Erroll Garner, as well as original compositions. Sean, the bandleader, vocalist and pianist of the group, is one of the few Indigenous artists in Toronto’s jazz scene. As a Pottawatomi/Ojibwe and Acadian musician, he incorporates his identity and experiences overcoming adversities in his music, offering the audience unique, powerful, moving jazz creations.

Throughout the concert, informative video content will be integrated to position the rich culture of jazz music within the context of the history of the Niagara region. Audience members are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs to make themselves comfortable for an evening of incredible music in a relaxed, outdoor setting.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit niagaraparks.com/Jazz.

Event Details

Date: Friday, June 21, 2024

Time: 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:00 p.m.)

Location: Oakes Garden Theatre – 5825 River Rd, Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3K9

Tickets: Regular admission tickets are priced at $40 per person. A discounted rate of $20 per person is available for musicians, arts workers, and students.

In addition, $1 from each ticket sold will be donated to MusiCounts, Canada’s music education charity associated with CARAS and JUNO Awards.

To purchase tickets, please visit niagaraparks.com/jazz.

About Niagara Jazz Festival

Niagara Jazz Festival is an award-winning not-for-profit music festival dedicated to celebrating jazz and world music throughout the year with a summer festival in June. Now in its 11th season, the festival aims to inspire, educate, and develop jazz audiences by combining live music with an immersive Niagara experience: food, wine, culture, attractions, and natural wonders. The Niagara Jazz Festival is supported by Presenting Sponsor TD Bank Group through the TD Ready Commitment. 

About Niagara Parks

Since its establishment in 1885, Niagara Parks has remained a self-financed agency of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, entrusted to preserve and protect the land surrounding Niagara Falls and the Niagara River. Today, Niagara Parks boasts gardens, a horticulture school, recreation, golf courses, restaurants, heritage and historic sites, gift shops and, of course, Niagara Falls. In short, natural landscapes, history, family fun, hiking, culinary delights, attractions and adventure.

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