Gladys Knight, The O’Jays and Other Legendary Artists to Highlight 26th Annual Long Beach Jazz Festival

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Rainbow Promotions is excited to present some of today’s most distinguished Jazz and R&B artists this year at the 26th Annual Long Beach Jazz Festival, August 9-11, 2013. As with the previous festivals, the event will take place at the lovely Rainbow Lagoon Park on Shoreline Drive in Long Beach, Calif. Staying true to the theme of “And the Beat Goes On,” Rainbow Promotions has again prepared a tantalizing line-up of contemporary jazz and R&B to soothe the souls of the festival’s perennial attendees.

This year’s dynamic musical schedule features legendary artist Gladys Knight, Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The O’Jays, Grammy Award winning Stanley Clarke, slow jam treasures The Whispers, all-around jazz sax master Everette Harp, plus a very special pairing of sensational saxophonist Kim Waters and R&B singer Phil Perry. And that’s just the beginning of the three-day musical journey!

As one of Southern California’s longest running and eagerly anticipated annual music events, the Long Beach Jazz Festival brings music lovers from around the world – year after year – with its always dynamic blend of sounds and unique coastal venue offering relaxation for every generation. A family affair, party people of all ages enjoy the festival grounds. Also present, various food vendors with mouth-watering multi-cultural onsite prepared delights and desserts satisfy taste as the stages do sound with some of the finest music and top artists for everyone’s listening pleasure.

The festival kicks off the evening of Friday, August 9th with headliner The Whispers along with famed R&B and gospel singer Howard Hewett and Billboard chart-topper saxophonist Everette Harp.

On Saturday, August 10th, love will be in the air when American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Elle Varner takes the stage along with urban soul and jazz group DW3 and soul saxophonist Euge Groove. A dynamic duet performance by Phil Perry and Kim Waters and the legendary O’Jays end what guarantees to be an extraordinary experience of sound.

Last – but surely not least – on Sunday, August 11th soul-lovers will rejoice as the festival rounds out with an impressive 3rd day line-up including the “Empress of Soul” Gladys Knight along with Stanley Clarke, captivating saxtress Jeanette Harris, the returning sounds of Mexican-American conguero Poncho Sanchez and veteran promotion, musician, and drummer Al Williams.

Tickets are available through Rainbow Promotions at (562) 424-0013 or online at VIP tickets are available for $170 on Friday and $190 on both Saturday and Sunday which include both dinner and wine service. Reserved box seat tickets are $70 Friday evening and $80 Saturday and Sunday. General admission/lawn seating is $50 prior to August 3rd and $55 at the gate. Friday – Gates open at 5pm. Saturday and Sunday – Gates open at 11a.

About Rainbow Promotions
Rainbow Promotions is the producer of the Long Beach Jazz Festival and other concerts throughout the year. For 25 years, Rainbow Promotions has presented the Long Beach Jazz Festival, one of the city’s major events. For more information regarding the Long Beach Jazz Festival go to or


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