Concord's 5 day Jazz Festival starts Wednesday

Concord’s 5 day Jazz Festival starts Wednesday

Concord's 5 day Jazz Festival starts Wednesday
Photo courtesy Visit Concord

CONCORD, CA (August 3, 2021) — This year Concord will carry forth its legacy of ongoing appreciation of jazz with a five-day, LIVE celebration.

These music-filled events are certain to engage and connect with the casual or passionate Jazz fan. Most of the events are free to the public.

“We’re ecstatic to have the festival return live this year.” Says Visit Concord CEO and President, Elaine Schroth. “Last year we opted for a virtual event due to Covid so you can imagine how this year’s live events will be greatly anticipated and appreciated by locals and visitors. They’ll be able to immerse themselves in live Jazz with family, friends and fellow Jazz fanatics.”

FREE Live Events

  • Wednesday, August 4: Guitar virtuoso Jinx Jones is the perfect choice to start this year’s festival. The one-time side man to the great Chuck Berry performs his style of jazz live at The Veranda as part of The Veranda Unplugged. Showtime is 6pm to 7:30pm. This event is FREE to the public!
  • Thursday, August 5: A tribute to the legacy of jazz in Concord happens on the Main Stage at Music & Market in beautiful Todos Santos Plaza. The tribute will be followed by the night’s performers The Big Jangle, Tom Petty Tribute Band. Showtime is 6:30pm to 8pm. This event is FREE to the public!
  • Friday, August 6: Midtown’s Concord Tap House invites locals and visitors for a night of cold craft brew, delicious food and LIVE jazz from Valente of Glib Rig. Showtime is 5pm to 7pm. Admission is FREE!
  • Saturday, August 7: Visit Concord welcomes you to a special event at the Concord Visitor Center where you can listen to the summer sounds of Concord’s true aficionado of jazz, Dave Brubeck, while taking in the center and shopping Concord merchandise. Event is 12pm to 4pm. Admission is FREE and includes a 2021 reusable cold cup (while supplies last).

Ticketed event and merch

Sunday, August 8: Take in a “throwback” Java & Jazz event with the Concord Historical Society featuring the Matt Zebley Jazz Quartet at Galindo Home and Gardens. CHS will have plenty of iced tea and iced coffee to cool down on a hot day. Your $15 ticket includes a collectible hot/cold cup with unlimited pours (while supplies last) and, of course, plenty of cool jazz. All proceeds benefit the Concord Historical Society! Event is 1pm to 4pm. Get tickets for Java and Jazz here.

Participants can pick up their own exclusive Concord Jazz Festival merchandise (including tees, pins and drink ware) at the Concord Visitor Center or online at Proceeds from sales will benefit multiple non-profit groups including Mt. Diablo Music Education Foundation and Blue Devils Non-Profit Special Needs Guard highlighting Concord’s passion to a thriving music legacy.

Get a limited edition Concord Jazz Landmark 12×18 in. poster, suitable for framing (See photo above). To purchase this fun poster, designed by local Concord Artist, Alex Savakis, click here.

Make a Weekend of it

Book a Hotel Room in Concord and receive a Visit Concord Jazz Festival Stay and Play Package. For more information on Visit Concord Stay and Play Packages, click here.

For more information and updates, go to, or follow Visit Concord on Instagram (@visitconcordca) and Facebook (@VisitConcordCA).