26th Annual Balcones Heights Jazz Festival
Features All-Female Lineup for its Summer Concert Series
In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8, the 26th Annual Balcones Heights Jazz Festival is proud to announce its all-female lineup for its summer concert series. The free festival located at Wonderland of the Americas Amphitheatre in Balcones Heights will feature eight renowned female jazz artists during the free 4-concert series, from July 12 through August 2, the first event of its type in South Texas.
This year’s headliners and opening acts are widely recognized jazz musicians: Wednesday Ball, Ragan Whiteside, Michelle Carey, Jessy J, Elizabeth Mis, Jeanette Harris, Kayla Waters and Lindsey Webster.
For four consecutive Friday evenings in July and August, the festival’s laid back and family-friendly atmosphere will
welcome an estimated 4,000 jazz fans from in and around Texas.
“This year’s female led lineup is inspired and dedicated to the many women who lead positions, here at Balcones Heights,” said Lorenzo Nastasi, City of Balcones Heights Director of Economic Development & Public Affairs. “From our mayor to the general manager of this great concert venue to the planners of our festival, women make it happen and we are excited to feature a jaw dropping roster of talented and accomplished artists this summer in their honor, making this year’s Balcones Heights Jazz Festival one to remember.”
Since 1993, the Balcones Heights Jazz Festival has captivated jazz aficionados every summer. Regulars or “jazz babies” have been known to stake out their claim, with lawn chairs and blankets in tow, days in
advance of the event at favorite spots along the edge of the sparkling reflecting pool and fountains of the city’s main
hub, Wonderland of the Americas.
David Muñoz, host of “Sunday Morning Jazz” on iHeart Radio’s Q101.9 will emcee the festival. He’s hosted the Jazz Festival for the past 25 years. Muñoz can now be heard around the clock talking about jazz and upcoming shows on the station’s newly launched “Smooth Jazz San Antonio” on the free iHeart Radio app.
Where: Wonderland of the Americas Amphitheatre, 4522 Fredericksburg Rd., Balcones Heights, TX 78201
When: July 12, July 19, July 26, and August 2 (rain or shine)
7:30 pm – 10:00 pm (opening act at 7:30 p.m. / headliner at 9 p.m.)
Free General Admission. Outdoor seating on the amphitheatre lawn is free on a first-come, first-serve basis. Food and
beverages are available for purchase at a variety of booths, as well as the adjacent food court inside Wonderland of the
Find “Smooth Jazz San Antonio” by downloading the iHeart Radio app, which is free, then searching “Smooth Jazz San Antonio.” You can also log on at www.iheartradio.com and search there. Or, on your high-def radio at 101.9 HD-2.
Now, fans of this genre can enjoy their favorite music 24/7, 365. Spyro Gyra, The Rippingtons, Boney James, Kirk Whalum, just to name a few of the heavyweights in Smooth Jazz, are available all day, every day.
2019 Line Up
July 12, 7:30 p.m. – Wednesday Ball – Opening Act – Wednesday Ball is a consummate professional. A dynamic vocalist comfortable in many styles including R&B, dance, reggae and smooth jazz, she has contributed vocals to a GRAMMY award winning recording and has shared the stage with national acts. Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, where she continues to teach, Ms. Ball received a Music Education degree from St. Mary's University before embarking on her career as a recording artist.
July 12, 9 p.m. – Ragan Whiteside – Headliner – Musical adventurer Ragan Whiteside has never been known to pull punches with her studio work, and the accolades for her fourth studio album, Treblemaker, keep coming accordingly. Ever since the album went public in May 2017, the successes have been immediate. The first single off the album, Early Arrival, rose to #7 on Billboard after a residence in Smooth Jazz’s Top 10 Most Added songs for airplay. Corey’s Bop surpassed that record by skyrocketing to #1 on Billboard, held a residence of 2 weeks at #1 at Smooth Jazz Network’s Top 100, and 4 weeks at #1 on MediaBase’s charts, making Ragan the first female flautist to hold the #1 spot on 3 major smooth jazz charts simultaneously.
July 19, 7:30 p.m. – MiChelle Garibay-Carey – Opening Act – Having been around Jazz her whole life, Michelle Garibay-Carey (daughter of legendary Chicano bluesman Randy Garibay), is a long-time favorite of San Antonio residents.
July 19, 9 p.m. – Jessy J – Headliner – With the release of her dynamic new album Live at Yoshi’s – 10 Year Anniversary Special, Jessy J celebrates a remarkable decade since she brought her sizzling beats, dynamic Latin and samba rhythms and sensual melodies to contemporary jazz via her #1 hit debut album Tequila Moon.
July 26, 7:30 p.m. – Elizabeth Mis – Opening Act – Not so fast, James Brown--Elizabeth Mis has a little something to say about your searing mid 60’s declaration that “It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World.” Inspired by the not too cool reality that the contemporary urban jazz genre has been male dominated since she grew up listening to favorite artists like Grover Washington, Jr., Dave Koz and Kirk Whalum, the 21-year-old saxophonist bursts onto the scene with an infectious and danceable, party-ready new single whose title says it all from here on out: “It’s Uh Girl’s World.”
July 26, 9 p.m. – Jeanette Harris – Headliner – Jeanette Harris is the scintillating saxtress of smooth jazz. She understands that energetic and captivating performances matched with uplifting and inspiring vibrations in the music are the solid platinum recipe for success. Fans already recognize her for her wonderful cover of Stevie Wonder’s “All I Do,” which hit Billboard’s smooth jazz singles chart from her previous album, Saxified.
August 2, 7:30 p.m. – Kayla Waters – Opening Act – Sensational new artist, Kayla Waters is an elite pianist, composer, producer and music director. After landing a record deal with Trippin N’ Rhythm Records (SONY), Kayla gracefully joins us with her second consecutive Billboard No. 1 single "Zephyr" from her sophomore album “Coevolve.”
August 2, 9 p.m. – Lindsey Webster – Headliner – The earthy, charismatic and beautiful Lindsey Webster is a surprising and welcomed anomaly in the contemporary jazz world. Having scored TWO Billboard #1s on the Contemporary Jazz Char, she’s an artist you won’t want to miss.
Performances and artists are subject to change.