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Exit Zero enters the big time with its star-studded festival. It’s become bigger and more eclectic than any jazz festival New Jersey’s southernmost town ever has seen.” Â
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PAT METHENY & RON CARTER + LISA FISCHER GRAND BATON HEADLINE SPRING EXIT ZERO JAZZ FESTIVAL. FESTIVAL SWINGS INTO THE SPRING SEASON IN THE NATIONAL HISTORIC LANDMARK CITY OF CAPE MAY, NJ, APRIL 22 TO 24, 2016
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Presented by Exit Zero Publishing and Motema Music & Produced by Spy Boy Productions, Exit Zero Jazz Presents Headliners Pat Metheny & Ron Carter + Lisa Fischer Grand Baton on The Schmidtchen Theater Main Stage & Features Jazz Wunderkid Joey Alexander, René Marie, John Scofield Joe Lovano Quartet & Legendary Soul Artist Lee Fields & The Expressions on the Cape May Convention Hall Stage + More than 30 Club Shows
Cape May, NJ (January 22, 2016) Â Twice a year Exit Zero Jazz Festival transforms Cape May into a jazz village as fans and musicians make their pilgrimage to the little town by the sea. Now in its fifth year, the Festival is a celebration of music with more than 30 sets of jazz, blues, New Orleans jazz and R&B, and more presented on stages and clubs in charming Victorian seaside resort. The Festival is supported through the efforts of Festival Presenters: Motéma Music and Exit Zero Magazine, and stage sponsors VintageSouthJersey.com, The Whale’s Tale, It’s a Breeze, Hawk Haven Vineyard + many other Cape May & Cape May County businesses.
With first-rate performances from award winning, critically acclaimed artists, exciting new artists and local favorites, the Festival has quickly become an attraction for world class musicians as well as music aficionados. Due to the festival’s popularity and the need for larger performance space, Schmidtchen Theater in Cape May has been a great addition to Cape May Convention Hall, the clubs and restaurants that host concerts.
Exit Zero Jazz Festival is produced by Spy Boy Productions, led by Michael Kline, who celebrated many summers in Cape May and returned in 2005 from New Orleans. He shares his thoughts about presenting the festival in Cape May. He said, “We wanted to offer a world-class cultural experience in Cape May that would launch the Spring shoulder season and let people know there is a vibrant, thriving community in Cape May beyond the incredible beaches and Victorian architecture. Through music, we celebrate the spirit and creative energy in Cape May, bringing a little of that New Orleans street party flavor to the beach. It’s always a great party and we’re thrilled that people keep coming back for more.”
Named for the exit to Cape May off the Garden State Parkway, the festival attracts a loyal, diverse audience of thousands from the major metropolitan regions surrounding Cape May including New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C., all within a four or five hour drive of Cape May. The Festival features Grammy Award-winners, living legends, NEA Jazz Masters, emerging jazz stars, international musicians and home-grown talent too.
Ticket Information. Tickets can be purchased on-line at www.exit0jazzfest.com or by calling the Exit Zero International Jazz Festival at (609)849.9202. Hotel packages are available from Congress Hall, the Official Hotel Partner of Exit Zero Jazz, and from Hotel Partners on the Festival site. Individual tickets are available to all Main Stage performances in Schmidtchen Theater. Festival Passes provide the best value for fest-goers: VIP Pass: $165 plus tax and ticket facility fee includes reserved Orchestra Seat to headline performances, VIP room access Cape May Conventional Hall, priority seating all Cape May Convention Hall performances; Duke’s Pass: $150 plus tax and ticket facility fee Includes Orchestra reserved seats to headline performances, priority seating in Cape May Convention Hall and entry to all club venues all weekend. Friday Pass: $75 plus tax and ticket facility fee Includes reserved seat to Lisa Fischer Grand Baton, general admission seating to Pedrito Martinez Group and Joey Alexander Trio & first come first serve entry into all Festival club shows Friday, April 22. Saturday Pass: $100 plus tax and ticket facility fee Includes reserved seat to 5:00pm or 8:00pm Pat Metheny & Ron Carter performance, general admission seating to René Marie, John Scofield & Joe Lovano 4tet, Lee Fields and the Expressions & first come Âfirst serve entry into all Festival Club Shows on Saturday, April 23. Sunday All Access Pass: $30 plus tax and ticket fee includes all club venues on Sunday, April 24. Pop’s Pass: $45 plus tax & ticket facility fee Includes all Club Shows all weekend.
About Exit Zero Jazz Festival. Distressed at the loss of the semi-annual Cape May Jazz Festival, which ended a 17-year run in 2011 due to economic difficulties, jazz industry veteran Michael Kline launched the Exit Zero Jazz Festival in 2012, following in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Exit Zero is produced by Spy Boy Productions, an events company founded by Kline, who runs Michael Kline Artists, an international booking agency representing NEA Jazz Masters and emerging artists. Kline left Cape May in 1992 for New Orleans, where he hosted a show on WWOZ FM and worked in jazz.
Partners. There are excellent partnerships associated with Exit Zero that support the positive cultural and economic impact for Cape May and the surrounding community Exit Zero International Jazz Festival strives to make. Consumer Business: Motema Music, Exit Zero Magazine. Spirits. Cape May Brewing Company, Auburn Road & Hawk Haven Vineyards Tourism: South Jersey Tourism Corp. Arts: Cape May Center for Community Arts. Hospitality: Congress Hall & Cape Resorts Group Properties /The Montreal Beach Resort. Retail: It’s A Breeze, West End Garage, Just 4 Wheels, Whale’s Tale & Splash, and Exit Zero Retail. Media: Jazz Times Magazine / WCFA-LP / WRTI FM / WURD AM/ WEAA / WXPN Community. Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cape May / Flying Fish Studio / Sea Star Boutique / A Place on Earth / Patricia Jackson Jewelers / Linen Ladies. For more information about partnership, contact email@example.com.
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