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Published on : Thursday, August 11, 2016
The Jazz in the Valley music festival returns to Poughkeepsie for its 16th annual celebration of America’s music on Sunday, August 21, from noon to 6 p.m., at Waryas Park in Poughkeepsie, conveniently located across the street from Metro-North’s Poughkeepsie station on the Hudson Line.
This daylong festival featuring performances by legendary jazz artists is an easy train ride away on Metro-North. Regular General Admission for the festival is $50. Metro-North customers can save $10 using promo code MNR2016 when purchasing festival tickets.
Regular roundtrip off-peak rail fare from Grand Central to Poughkeepsie is $35.50 for adults, $23.50 Senior/Disabled/Medicare and $18.00 Child. Purchase rail tickets before you get on the train at ticket windows, ticket vending machines or using MTA eTix, Metro-North Railroad’s new mobile ticketing app.
Enjoy a summer Sunday listening to jazz greats while basking in the gorgeous views of the Hudson River. The festival’s roster of musicians features a mixture of new and old styles of straight-ahead jazz, funk, fusion, avant-garde, and even a few pop veterans. Jazz masters performing at the festival include: Randy Weston, Craig Harris, Randy Brecker, Charenee Wade, Javon Jackson, Chico Alvarez & the Palomonte Afro-Cuban Big Band and Jimmy Cobb.
The festival takes place on two stages at Waryas Park, a nine-acre green oasis alongside the Hudson River in downtown Poughkeepsie. The main stage under the big tent features the festival’s headline acts, and on the pavilion stage an afternoon full of free performances includes area musicians. Stay for the day; peruse the festival’s global marketplace, and indulge in a delicious variety of food court offerings.