2019 Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival

A Sweet Release...

Harvest releases official 2019 schedule, complete with free programming

Harvest is pleased to announce the release of its official full 2019 schedule. In addition to this year’s outstanding lineup on the main stages, the festival is continuing its tradition of fostering an accessible and community-driven experience with the release of a full schedule of entirely free musical programming in partnership with CBC.

The festival’s unique setting and the mix of all the venues - paid, free, pubs and clubs and historic spaces, right on the river is what makes Harvest so magical. The best of our city is on display in our Street Experience and so much of it is free. Harvest invites everyone to come downtown to experience all there is to see, hear and taste this year.

“Our widespread range of musical offerings, including an extensive slate of free programming is part of what makes this year’s Harvest lineup so special,” says Kerry Wells, chair of the festival.

Creating a festival experience that allows as many people as possible to enjoy the magic of downtown Fredericton during Harvest week is central to what we do. With over 50 main stage acts with ticket prices starting as low at $10, we’ve worked to make this festival as accessible as possible, but our free shows are what really shine. From exciting buskers and talented musicians, our street experience offers something for everyone.”

Whether you are looking for a fun family outing or searching to discover new up and coming bands, there is so much at this year’s Harvest you will not want to miss. Each free stage presents its own distinct offerings.

A breakdown of the performances appears below. The full schedule can be found on our website at harvestjazzandblues.com

In addition to the release of Harvest’s official 2019 schedule, our new storefront at 408 Queen Street opens today. The new location is right in the centre of the Harvest action, increasing accessibility and visibility to our patrons. Stop by to pick up passes, purchase tickets, drink tokens and merch, and pick up a printed copy of this year’s full schedule, bursting with amazing programming.

This year there is also two exciting new venue value passes, the Big FUN Pass and the Hoodoo House pass. The Big FUN pass grants access to all four Atlantic Lottery Barracks Tent shows with 11 acts and afterburners in the Moose Light Blues tent. The Ginger Agency Hoodoo House Venue Pass gets you into all shows in that venue, with almost a dozen different acts.

The Barracks programming is brought to patrons this year by local Fredericton musician Stephen Lewis. Harvest is so excited about this collaboration and can’t wait to show off Stephen’s lineup of high-energy jam/rock bands.

The festival is also thrilled to partner with the Charlotte Street Arts Centre and Fredericton Girls + Rock Camp to present a showcase performance in the Atlantic Lottery Barracks tent from some amazing young artists. Girls + Rock Camp is a five-day camp for girls, trans and gender non-conforming youth from ages 11 to 18. It aims to give folks the opportunity to learn instruments, write songs and feel empowered. The showcase is on Saturday Sept.14th from 4:30p.m. - 5:15 p.m. in the Barracks Tent.

Free Schedule breakdown

On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of the festival, our King’s Place Stage presents free lunchtime shows at 12 p.m. featuring Alex Bailey, The Rusty Mikes and Garrett Mason, respectively.

The Carleton Street free stage acts as your gateway to the full Harvest busker experience and will feature free performances from buskers from Thursday to Saturday.

The Fredericton’s Own Stage, in front of City Hall, features the best of the Capital City’s up and coming talent on Thursday, Friday and Saturday of the festival. Some local acts appearing here include Keith Hallett, Jerry Faye Band, Maggie’s Farm Revival, Chillteens, Matt Comeau and Montgomery Street Band.

Harvest’s Stingray Rising Stars Competition takes place Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. in the Atlantic Lottery Barracks Tent. This free event features performances by the four finalists, one of which will be crowned the 2019 Stingray Rising Stars at the end of the showcase. The 2019 Stingray Rising Stars will then open for Andy Frasco & the UN later that evening in the Barracks. The Barracks Tent is home to more free programming Saturday, inviting patrons to a showcase of the Girls + Rock Camp.

The Acoustic Stage on Queen Street offers patrons an unplugged experience Thursday, Friday and Saturday while the Congo Square family experience begins Saturday at 11 a.m. in Officers’ Square with kid- friendly performances.

The Daily Gleaner Stage in Officers’ Square closes the festival on Sunday, starting at 1 p.m. Beyond the dedicated free stages, festival goers will find performance buskers, food and artisan vendors, and a crafts fair located throughout the Taylor Printing Street Experience.

 

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