Smooth jazz is the sound of sophistication, unlike rough jazz, which is the sound of Louis Armstrong blasting chili out of his trumpet. Lend your ear to upscale scales with this GrouponLive deal to the Litchfield Jazz Festival at The Goshen Fairgrounds in Goshen. Kids 12 and younger regularly receive free admission to the lawn. Choose from the following options:
- For $34, you get two tickets for lawn seating and two beers. Choose between Friday, August 10, Saturday, August 11, or Sunday, August 12 (a $68 value, including all fees)
- For $64, you get two tickets for tent seating and two beers. Choose between Saturday, August 11, or Sunday, August 12 (a $128 value, including all fees)
- For $74, you get two tickets for tent seating and two beers on Friday, August 10 (a $148 value, including all fees)
Friday, August 10 – gates open at 5 p.m., festivities from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday, August 11 – gates open at 11 a.m., festivities from noon-10 p.m. Sunday, August 12 – gates open at 11 a.m., festivities from noon-8 p.m.
The Goshen Fairgrounds’ twin dance floors burst to life Friday night, with a professional troupe teaching the steps of swing in preparation for the evening's toe-tapping concerts. Presiding over the inaugural dance, The Four Freshmen balance four-part cool jazz instrumentals with intricate barbershop vocals. A live auction for jazz memorabilia follows, before Grammy-winning headliners Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks zip through their swinging, Dixie-flavored specialties heard on HBO's Boardwalk Empire and the film Public Enemies. To round out a subtle Boardwalk Empire milieu, Dominic Chianese will be in attendance, known from his role in the second season as retired alderman Leander Whitlock and the role of Uncle Junior on HBO’s The Sopranos.
The dance floors don't close until the weekend finishes, and as adults boogie away on Saturday and Sunday, kids' activities invite knee-high hepcats to clang on percussion instruments, dance away under supervision, and paint their faces with hip butterflies or free-form musical notation. While children sport make-believe sunglasses and fedoras, the musical acts keep it real from start to finish, from the boisterous squeal of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band on Saturday night to the Nutella-smooth bass and downtempo musical musings of Kevin Mahogany and Dave Stryker's Kansas City Swing that closes Sunday.