If all shy people were to learn to scat rather than stammer when asked a question, conversations would be a lot snappier. Perfect your people skills by observing professionally cool cats at play with today's Groupon: for $8, you get admission to one day of the Salt Lake City Jazz Festival (up to a $16 value). The ear-pleasing extravaganza will take place in Washington Square Park on the weekend of July 9–11 and will entertain the whole family with an enticing array of great music, art, food, culture, and, on July 11, free clinics.
With multiple performance areas set up throughout Washington Square, this year's Salt Lake City Jazz Festival boasts an impressive lineup of jazzy folk who can do more than just imitate bop—they can actually bebop. Help kick off the festival with the Friday, July 9, tribute to Motown, soul, and funk, featuring Ellis Hall and his band playing the hits of artists such as Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson. Other July 9 performers include the vocal quartet Fifth Avenue, who will woo tapping toes with intricate harmonies and swinging beats. On Saturday, performers such as the Rippingtons, Eddie Daniels, Phat Tiger, and the Salt Lake City Jazz Orchestra will tickle ears without invading personal space, paving the way for Sunday's performance by Hollywood hotshot Seth MacFarlane, best known as the creator and primary voice actor behind Fox's Family Guy. MacFarlane, a capable singer in his own right, will sing American songbook standards from the likes of Sinatra and Crosby while backed by the Salt Lake City Jazz Orchestra. Check out the entire lineup and descriptions here. If you drop by the festival on Sunday, also take advantage of the free music clinics open to sound makers of all ages and skill levels.
As you stroll from stage to stage on the day of your choice, stop to nosh on some tasty fest food or to feast your peepers on the goodies showcased at arts and crafts stands. The Salt Lake City Jazz Festival and the performances will go on rain or shine, so start preparing yourself by practicing your alto sax in the shower.
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