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Contact: Kiara Warren


HAMPTON, VA. -- The 50th Anniversary Hampton Jazz Festival announced today the lineup of artists to
appear at this monumental event. The Festival will take place over a 3-day period at the Hampton Coliseum
June 23, 24 & 25. Confirmed artists are as follows:

Friday, June 23, 2017 Saturday, June 24, 2017 Sunday, June 25, 2017
7:30 PM 7:00 PM 2:00 PM

Jill Scott Anthony Hamilton Maze featuring Frankie Beverly

KEM The OJays Patti LaBelle

Brian Culbertson West Coast Jam featuring Ramsey Lewis

Richard Elliot, Norman Brown
Gerald Albright and Jonathan Butler and Rick Braun Bobby BlackHat Walters

One Artist TBA

*Artists subject to change

Friday's show features two of the greatest neo-soul artists of all time. Festival favorite Jill Scott and
everyone's favorite KEM. Between them they will mark a fitting opening tribute to the 50th Anniversary of
the Hampton Jazz Festival. In keeping with the name Jazz - the Friday show will also have the enormously
popular Brian Culbertson - and the fantastic duo of Gerald Albright and Jonathan Butler.

Saturday's show while not complete, promises to be one of the best ever. Returning after several years
will be Anthony Hamilton another very important neo-soul artist. And appearing for the umpteenth time
will be the Mighty Mighty O'Jays probably one of the 3 or 4 most favored artists in the history of the
Festival. Tipping back to the Jazz scale will be the West Coast Jam comprised of the fabulous trio of
Richard Elliot, Norman Brown and Rick Braun. The Festival will be announcing shortly one more artist to
round out the Saturday night show.

Sunday's show is nothing short of an all-star tribute to the 50 years of the Hampton Jazz Festival. Probably
the 2 most favorite acts at the Festival ever Maze featuring Frankie Beverly and Patti Labelle are sure
to bring back memories from long-ago Festivals. And speaking of long-ago Festivals Ramsey Lewis will
be appearing at the 50th Hampton Jazz Festival and he also appeared at the very first Festival back in
1968. Rounding out the Sunday show will be local blues legend Bobby BlackHat Walters.

Tickets to the 50th Annual Hampton Jazz Festival are priced at $74.50 per seat, per day, plus applicable
fees. Tickets will go on sale this Saturday, March 11 at 10 AM online at, by phone at
1-800-745-3000, and at the Hampton Coliseum Box Office. Additional festival information is available online