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The charming Victorian seaside town of Cape May, New Jersey, will transform into a bonanza of incredible world class music, fine wine, great food and happy music fans May 30-June 1, 2014, for the 3rd Exit 0 International Jazz Festival. The festival will host over 100 international touring musicians in an atmosphere similar to stylish, accessible European festivals, particularly with the launch of Jazz at The Estate, an outdoor music venue. The perfect size for a family-friendly festival, Exit 0 offers fest-goers the opportunity to stroll from venue to venue and revel in many styles of music from jazz, soul, blues and R&B - not to mention the gorgeous ocean setting of the National Historic Landmark city. There will even be jazz on the ocean on the 11:15AM ferry crossing from Lewes, Delaware, on Friday, May 30 and discounted festival tickets with the Ferry Pass.
Shares founder Michael Kline, a native of Cape May who returned in 2005 from New Orleans before Hurricane Katrina: I wanted to offer something in Cape May to really kick off summer and celebrate how great our town is in all seasons plus pay homage to the former long- running biennial jazz festival here. Thanks to the more than 3000 fans that turned out for our November fall festival, our fest keeps growing, and we're getting bigger ideas about where we want to take the music. We want music to be everywhere and to bring a little of that New Orleans street party flavor to Cape May. It's exciting to know some people will happen upon our festival and the music just by walking down the street.
Named for the exit to Cape May off of 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, Wilmington, Philadelphia, Baltimore and the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, 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 homegrown talent too. This first spring version will also offer brass band parades and an open-air gospel concert on Sunday, June 1, at the famed Congress Hotel, a lead sponsor for Exit 0.
Tickets can be purchased by calling the Cape May Convention Hall Box Office at (609)884.9563 or by visiting www.exit0jazzfest.com Hotel packages are available. Special passes include: 1) Pop's Pass $38. Provides unlimited access to club shows. 2) Duke's Pass: $179. Includes all headliners, club and Jazz at The Estate shows. 3) Count's Pass: $145. All-access pass for Friday and Saturday only. Individual tickets are available to all events.
Exit 0 was created and is produced by Spy Boy Productions, an events company founded by jazz industry veteran Michael Kline, who runs Michael Kline Artists, an international booking agency representing NEA Jazz Masters and emerging artists alike. Music industry veteranEric D. Wright completes the artistic leadership team as Festival Senior Producer. He was part of the launch team for the Rochester International Jazz Festival and is Assistant Director of Concert Operations for Jazz at Lincoln Center. Kline and Wright worked together in New Orleans on behalf of artist Terence Blanchard. Cape May native Eliza Lotozo rounds out the staff as Associate Producer.
Kline plans for The Exit 0 International Jazz Festival to move to a biannual festival model beginning with this spring festival just like its forefather.This Festival can become an iconic festival because of the qualities unique to Cape May - an unbelievably beautiful seaside town that thrives year-round, a mega population base within a 3-hour drive and an engaged, proud, friendly community that supports the arts.