Ok, so I missed posting about it as I was seeing some music last night. . . . so sue me. A couple of days ago the folks over at the Rochester International Jazz Festival announced the dates that RIJF 2007 will run and when the Club Passes go on sale. I was just too tired after Dave Grisman to hop on the laptop and post about it. Day job kept me from it until now.
Once again presented by Heluva Good Quality Foods, the 6th edition of the RIJF will commence Friday, June 8th and run through Saturday, June 16th, so save the dates. Club Passes, which sold out last year well before the start of the Festival, will go on sale Friday, November 17th. There will be two additional venues so that Pass holders won't be turned away as some were last year. The artist lineup will be announced in April. Check the RIJF's site here for more details on getting the Pass. After last year, if you really want to experience the Festival, buy the Pass.
Ever vigilant, my friend Ken over at Fretful Porpentine posted about it in a timely manner. I agree with Ken's thoughts on the value of the Club Pass. My break even is easily met as I'm pretty hardcore—I have tended to see just short of 20 artists during the past couple of RIJFs. The freedom of the Pass allows us hardcore types more opportunities to find those gems that keep us coming back for more, but it also lets those of you who are new to the RIJF discover things that you may never have heard and will forever enjoy. Not a bad ROI for $99 (or $119, but I doubt there will be many left by the time they get to that price anyway).