It’s another day and yet another major Ottawa festival is making a line-up announcement, and no we didn’t scoop this one in case you were wondering. If you’re working for a living don’t worry you won’t need to send postcards from Italy or cross the rip tide to enjoy the headliners announced for the TD Ottawa International Jazz Festival today.
Already boasting one of the most diverse lineups of the festival season, TD Ottawa International Jazz Festival is proud to announce the addition of its final main stage performers, Beirut and Huey Lewis and The News.
Drawing from a global array of influences, Beirut’s idiosyncratic, Balkan-inflected indie folk has been at the vanguard of contemporary music since the release of its breakthrough LP Gulag Orkestar (2006) and the instant classic track “Postcards from Italy.” With two subsequent acclaimed full lengths and a host of EPs under its belt, Beirut has also become a tour-de-force live act, earning rave notices from critics and audiences worldwide. Jazz Fest is delighted to bring Beirut’s singular melange of sounds, including accordion, cello, glockenspiel and flugelhorn, back to Ottawa audiences for the first time since 2012.
Huey Lewis and The News is one of the top selling pure rock and roll acts of the past thirty years, with an extensive catalogue of hits that remain in heavy rotation on rock radio to this day, such as “Hip to Be Square,” “The Power of Love,” “Workin’ for a Living” and an astonishing five Billboard Top 20 singles from 1983’s 7-times platinum LP Sports alone. Last performing in Ottawa in 2011, Lewis and The News remains one of the hardest-touring bands in rock, with a road-tested sound that leans heavily on its world-class horn section, driving percussion and, of course, the unmistakably rich and soulful vocals that have made Lewis an Ottawa favourite for decades.
Both artists will be playing outdoor sets as part of the Jazz Festival’s main stage Concert Under the Stars series. Huey Lewis and The News perform at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday June 24th, while Beirut takes the stage 8:30 p.m. on Sunday June 28th.
Early bird passes remain on sale at the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival website at ONLY $190, taxes and fees included (while quantities last). Youth passes are $90 and Gold passes $310.
Single tickets go on sale March 30th; prices range from $42 – $62 for park tickets.
Huey Lewis and Beirut join already announced headliners Bruce Cockburn and Steve Miller to name just a few of the big names that will take to the stage this June.
For full festival line-up details and ticket information visit their website at www.ottawajazzfestival.com
Here’s a taste of Huey Lewis & the News with their classic hit “The Power of Love” to get you pumped up for what is shaping up to be yet another amazing lineup of music!