All that jazz: Festival adds 20 free shows

The Baltimore Sun

Twenty free shows have been added to the lineup for the Paetec Jazz Festival to enliven the open-concert atmosphere over the Inner Harbor, starting Aug. 9.

A diverse lineup will headline the festival's free shows. Among the performers are the new-school funk act Soulive; the blues-rock guitarist Anders Osborne; the Latin jazz Rumba Club; a jazz trombone ensemble, Bonerama; and the blues-rock fusion of the Fabulous Thunderbirds and the jam band Rusted Root.

The previously announced ticketed portion of the festival will be at Pier Six Pavilion and feature smooth-jazz acts Boney James and Jonathan Butler (Aug. 9), legendary pop-soul band Earth, Wind & Fire (Aug. 10) and blues master B.B. King and chameleonic soul veterans Al Green and Etta James & the Roots Band (Aug. 11).

Those tickets are available through Ticketmaster; call 410-547-SEAT or go to ticket

The following is the complete performance schedule for the free shows:

Bond Street Wharf Landing (Harbor East)

Aug. 9: Michael Thomas Quintet, Lafayette Gilchrist 3 Plus and Rumba Club

Aug. 10: Todd Butler Group, TK Blue and Don Braden Organic Quartet

Power Plant Live Plaza (Market Place and Water Street)

Aug. 9: The Repeatos, Djabe and Soulive

Aug. 10: Shuffle Demons, Skerik's Syncopated Taint Trio and the Anders Osborne Band

Aug. 11: Eubie Blake Legacy Big Band, Fertile Ground and Bonerama

Harbor Point (Harbor East)

Aug. 11: Paradigm Shift, Latin Giants of Jazz, the Bridge, the Fabulous Thunderbirds and Rusted Root

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