NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - The 31st Annual Norfolk Jazz Festival is getting underway at Town Point Park Friday night and will continue to serenade Downtown Norfolk through Sunday. So far it's getting rave reviews.
"It has really grown," said Harold Hagans. "I remember coming out here when it was free with family having a good time."
Lao Tizer, a composer and keyboardist, and his band TIZER are the big act everyone's talking about. He will take the Norfolk stage for the first time Saturday night, as a last minute addition to the festival's lineup.
"Sheila E. decided about three and a half to four weeks ago that she was not going to tour with the Jonathan Butler Group. So, we announced that as soon as we got that message. But we're really happy that Lao Tizer is joining the lineup," said Norfolk Festevents Director Karen Scherberger, who oversaw production of the festival.
Tizer has performed with big names like Babyface, Bruce Hornsby, Robin Thicke, and Al Jarreau.
Tickets are $28 at the gate, both Friday and Saturday, and will cost $20 on Sunday.
If you stop by the festival, be sure to say "hi" to 10 On Your Side -- the WAVY team will be out there.
WAVY News 10 Anchor Don Roberts will introduce the second set of Kirk Whalum, Rick Braun & Norman Brown appearing as BWB at 9:30 p.m. on Friday.
On Saturday, anchors Tom Schaad and Nicole Livas will introduce Lao Tizer at 7:30 p.m. and Jonathan Butler & Elan Trotman appearing as Souls of Summer at 9:00 p.m.
Anchor Anita Blanton, the Face of FOX43 Rhonda Arrington and the Top 5 Face of FOX43 Semi-Finalists will introduce The Jae Sinnett Trio and Stanley Jordan at 4:30 p.m. Sunday.
In the event of inclement weather, the festival will move inside the Norfolk Scope at 201 E. Brambleton Avenue. But people in attendance Friday night say they aren't worried about the weather.
""The older we get we can't tolerate all this heat anymore so we said in order to enjoy this we gotta have something to cover us," said Teresa Hagans. She and her family brought a huge tent to sit inside of that still allowed them to look out at the crowd and hear the music.
For more information on the jazz festival, a complete list of entertainment, and ticket info, please visit www.festevents.org .
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