FlorenceFest '18: Wine, Art and Jazz Festival returns to Florence Friday and Saturday

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FLORENCE, Ore. -- A dozen select Oregon wineries, seven national-caliber jazz acts, and an invitational juried art show and sale for aficionados of discerning tastes returns to Florence this weekend.

FlorenceFest ’18 is the two-day event taking place at the Florence Events Center from 2-8 p.m. Friday, April 27, and 12-8 p.m. on Saturday, April 28.

Pre-event tickets are $20 for Friday, $25 for Saturday, and a two-day pass is $40. Tickets are available exclusively at FlorenceChamber.com/FlorenceFest or at the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce’s visitors’ center (290 Highway 101). Tickets are limited in number and, if available at the door, will be an additional $5 each. Admission is restricted to adults 21 and over.

“The admission price is less than you’d pay most places to see the jazz headliners alone,” says event producer Jon Thompson, “but you get an even bigger value when you add in the other acts, 12 hand-picked boutique Oregon wineries, and the remarkable quality of our 50-plus art selections from around Oregon and the US.”

“We’ll have a great diversity of reds, whites, favorite vintages, and table wines for sampling from all the best regions in Oregon,” adds Thompson. “Plus, ticket holders receive eight tastings and a commemorative wine glass with each day’s admission.”

Wineries from throughout Oregon include Hanson Vineyards, Cathedral Ridge Winery, J Scott Cellars, Sineann, Campbell Lane Winery, Lady Hill Winery, Noble Estate Vineyard and Winery, HV Cellars, Abbey Creek, Emerson Winery, Cardwell Hill Cellars, and Troon Vineyard. Ticket holders receive eight tastings and a commemorative wine glass daily.

The music line-up includes headliners the Tony Glausi Quartet on Friday and the George Colligan Quartet on Saturday. Both performers are highly-respected composer/arranger/collaborators on the national scene, organizers say. Friday’s line-up begins at 2 p.m. and includes Bossa PDX and the Paula Byrne Quartet. Saturday’s shows start at noon and feature the Michael Anderson Trio, Bossanaire, and the Gerry Rempel Jazz Syndicate.

“The quality of art has been significantly elevated for this year,” says art coordinator Harlen Springer, “and it includes more than 50 finalists out of more than 130 entries from Florence, Eugene, Portland, Ashland, and five other states as far away as the East Coast. We are honored to have one of the Northwest’s best curators on board to oversee everything. Ticketholders are going to be impressed and delighted.”

The juried art show and sale features sculptures, photography, watercolor, and oil paintings will be conducted by Margaret Prentice who has curated numerous exhibitions throughout the Northwest. She is currently a Professor Emeritus in the University of Oregon’s Art Department. Her work is featured in more than 55 public collections, the Getty Museum, and leading university galleries.

“If you appreciate wine, art, or jazz, you’re invited. Come enjoy,” says Thompson. “Last year’s inaugural FlorenceFest was a great success. We hosted several hundred wine, art, and jazz aficionados from throughout Oregon and the West Coast. The quality of the wine, art, food, and music was critical to last year’s big success, and this year’s event is shaping up to be even better.”

For more information visit FlorenceFestOregon.com or call Coast Radio at 541-997-9136; or contact the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce at (541) 997-3128 or FlorenceChamber.com/FlorenceFest.

MUSIC LINE-UP

Friday, April 27, 2018

  • 2:00 p.m. Bossa PDX - Bossa PDX plays a selection of upbeat Brazilian jazz tunes. Their instrumentation includes vocals, piano, flute, guitar, bass, and percussion.
  • 4:00 p.m. Paula Byrne Quartet - Paula's voice is like chilled champagne on a hot summer day. She moves easily between songs that are lush and beautiful to highly rhythmic, wild rides.
  • 6:30 p.m. Tony Glausi Quartet - New York based trumpeter returns home! Tony will be joined by some of the finest musicians in Oregon and perform original compositions and arrangements of well-known standards.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

  • 12:00 p.m. Michael Anderson Jazz Trio - Straight ahead jazz standards, swing, Latin ballads with vocals by Michael Anderson.
  • 2:00 p.m. Bossanaire - Featuring two female singers, Bossanaire's sound is reminiscent of the original “Brasil 66” group. Bossanaire creates and highlights the fun, festive, and sultry sound that made this style so popular and timeless.
  • 4:00 p.m. Gerry Rempel Jazz Syndicate - The 7-piece Gerry Rempel Jazz Syndicate is an eclectic fusion group combining jazz, Latin, swing, funk, world music, and rock in a rich array of original compositions.
  • 6:30 p.m. George Colligan Quartet - George is a New York based pianist, organist, drummer, trumpeter, teacher, and bandleader who is one of the most original and compelling jazz artists of his generation.
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