Jazz fans in the Midlands will want to mark their calendars for the fifth annual Cola Jazz Fest, to be held Sept. 24 and 25 in downtown Columbia. The event is sponsored by the ColaJazz Foundation.
The festival runs from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 24 at the S.C. State Museum and from 1 pm. to 8 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Hampton-Preston Mansion and Gardens, located at 1615 Blanding St.
The festival will feature both local and national musicians. Saturday night’s gala features two intimate concerts inside the main lobby of the State Museum. Tickets are $50 per person for general admission and $85 for VIP.
Sunday’s all-day event is $20 per person and features five bands and food trucks.
Tickets for the festival are available on the ColaJazz Fest website.
Music offered during the festival ranges from straight-ahead jazz to swing, blues, Latin, fusion and more.
“ColaJazz has an inspiring partnership with the State Museum that includes engaging videos and programming,” said Mark Rapp, executive director of ColaJazz. “Supporting local artists and enriching our capital city with a stellar ColaJazz Fest weekend exemplifies our collective belief in each other, our artists and our city.”