Palmdale Jazz and Wine Festival Uncorks September 12

The City of Palmdale Mayor, Jim Ledford, and Director of Parks & Recreation, Russ Bird, announced the entertainers who will perform at the third annual Palmdale Jazz & Wine Festival, coming Saturday, September 12 at the Palmdale Amphitheater at Marie Kerr Park, 2723 Rancho Vista Boulevard, Palmdale, CA.

The entertainment lineup opens with contemporary jazz guitarist Richard Smith, whose latest album, Soulidified, spent 17 weeks at the top of the jazz charts.

With eight Top 5 Radio & Records singles, four of which hit #1, contemporary jazz saxophonist Euge Groove will perform beginning at 7:30 pm (PST).

The evening closes with a 9:00 pm performance by guitarist/singer/songwriter Norman Brown. Since the release of his critically acclaimed 2002 album, Just Chillin' �which won a Grammy in the prestigious Best Pop Instrumental Category � this innovative and original guitarist has been front and center in the fast evolving fusion of pop, R&B, and jazz that has captured the imagination of true music aficionados across the country and around the world.

The Festival will be announcing an additional performer and special guest MC in the next few weeks.

The Palmdale Jazz and Wine Festival will feature a variety of outstanding local and California wineries. Guests will also be able to purchase a delicious selection of gourmet foods and micro brewed beers.

Tickets are on sale at www.cityofpalmdale.org/jazz. Reserved seating tickets are $50, and festival seating tickets are $35. Guests who purchase Festival-seating tickets are encouraged to bring short back lawn chairs or blankets. Both tickets include four wine tasting tickets and a commemorative wine glass upon arrival. A designated driver ticket is available for $25. Designated drivers are encouraged to bring short back lawn chairs or blankets. Advance ticket sales end Friday, September 11 at 11:59 pm (PST) or when tickets sell out, whichever occurs first. On the day of the festival, tickets are $60 Reserved, $45 Festival and $35 Designated Driver. Parking is free.

The Palmdale Jazz & Wine Festival is generously sponsored by Wine and Jazz.com (presenting sponsor), American Medical Response, Antelope Valley Mall, Antelope Valley Harley-Davidson, AT&T Real Yellow Pages, Fresco II, The Palmdale Hotel, Robertson's Palmdale Honda, Time Warner Cable, Valleywide Dental, and WineandJazz.com. Sponsorships are still available, and businesses that would like to participate as a sponsor to promote their business, products and services should contact parks and recreation at 661/267-5611.

For more information about the festival, please call the parks and recreation department at 661/267-5611 or visit http://www.cityofpalmdale.org/jazz/.