The 2013 Hampton Jazz Festival will bring popular favorites Gladys Knight, George Benson and Jill Scott back to Hampton Coliseum while elevating local acts Forte and Karla Crump onto the main stage.
“We were able to offer some slots to hometown artists this year,” said Hampton Coliseum Director Joe Tsao. “We’re glad about that. We’re showcasing local talent, supporting our local artists.”
The festival, taking place in Hampton for the 46th year, will happen June 28-30. Tickets, $58.50 per show, go on sale 10 a.m. Saturday, March 23, from Ticketmaster and the Coliseum box office.
Knight has been one of the festival’s most reliable performers. This year’s festival will mark her 15th appearance at the event. Her first show there was in 1974.
If there’s an unspoken theme to this year’s lineup, it’s collaborations. Knight will team with The O’Jays as part of a Friday-night headlining performance called Family Reunion. On Saturday, June 29, Bobby Brown, Johnny Gill and Ralph Tresvant, all veterans of New Edition, will perform together as Heads of State.