Montavilla Jazz Festival 2016

Montavilla Jazz 2016
photos by Kathryn Elsesser

Recapping Montavilla Jazz Festival 2016

AUGUST 26, 2016

By PATRICK CALDWELL

There’s a lot you can say for the Montavilla Jazz Festival, but above all, say this: the festival does exactly, gloriously, what it says on the tin.

One of the risks in programming a music festival is just how easy it is to drift away from the ostensible reason for throwing one in the first place—the music. Left unchecked, a music festival can be, paradoxically, among the worst ways to experience live performance—choked with crowds, burdened with gimmicks, more engaged with selling alcohol than providing a space for art. Read more…

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