Jazz heralded a new era of musical experimentation that made its impact on the world with revolutionary sounds, political movements, and guitar-shaped burn marks. Observe the sonic fruits of the scientific method with today's Groupon: for $17, you get a three-day pass to the Salt Lake City Jazz Festival, which takes place July 8–10 in Washington Square Park (up to a $35 value). This Groupon is valid for all three festival dates; kids ages 12 and younger get free admission with a ticketed adult.
With multiple performance areas set up throughout the picturesque park, this year's Salt Lake City Jazz Festival trumpets in an impressive lineup of jazz acts tuned to a variety of tastes. Sheila E. and The E Family take to the stage Friday night, plucking their signature sound from a family tree dripping with virtuosos. Performers such as Pete Christlieb and Linda Small tickle ears without invading personal space, and The Orbit Group mingles jazz, hip-hop, and the unique sound of a snowflake hitting the earth to form its inimitable style.
In addition to performances, jazz clinics welcome fledgling boppers and seasoned musicians alike, and booths packed with arts, crafts, and edibles provide welcome pit stops. The Salt Lake City Jazz Festival and its performances take place rain, shine, or outbreak of jazz hands.