27th Annual Balcones Heights Jazz Festival Launches Year-Long Concert Series

It’s BACK! The 27th season of the incredible Balcones Heights Jazz Festival is back.

The inimitable, multitalented Slim Man will be headlining the Balcones Heights Jazz Festival Christmas concert on Friday, Dec. 3. Local artist and jazz crooner Ken Slavin will serve as opening act at 7:30 p.m. The free concert will be held at Wonderland of the Americas Amphitheatre in Balcones Heights, Texas.

Slim Man, whose birth name is Timothy Camponeschi, is a singer, songwriter, bassist, producer, cook, and teacher, and his charm and style have made him a crowd favorite. He will be performing for the 13th time at the jazz festival, dating back to 1999. He has recorded 12 CDs and was named Best Jazz Vocalist at the acclaimed Coachella Music Awards in 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. JD Considine of Rolling Stone magazine described Slim Man’s style as “a near-perfect example of how jazz and soul can be combined as pop.”

Jazz crooner Ken Slavin is a popular and award-winning classic vocalist based in San Antonio. He recently made his New York City debut at the famed Metropolitan Room and produced a CD of the event, which is available at all major online music stores. He celebrated 30 years as a professional singer in 2020 and recently became a voting member of the GRAMMY Awards.

“We are thrilled to close out our final 2021 concert series on a high note featuring Ken Slavin and Slim Man onstage for a holiday rendition,” said Director Economic Development & Public Affairs at City of Balcones Heights Lorenzo Nastasi. “Slim Man marking his 13th year with us will be the event jazz fans will not want to miss out on.”

“Bringing yet another facet of Christmas joy to Balcones Heights Jazz Festival fans is such a part of who we are as a city, and we are looking forward to concluding the series with talents like Ken Slavin and Slim Man,” City of Balcones Heights Mayor Suzanne de Leon.

In 2020, the Balcones Heights Jazz Festival evolved from a summer concert season to a year-long concert series, which was adopted pre-pandemic to spread concerts throughout the year. As live entertainment was halted due to COVID-19, the City of Balcones Heights featured its first-ever virtual Christmas Jazz Festival in December 2020. It was produced and posted online featuring local artists MiChelle Garibay-Carey and Zarabande.

The Balcones Heights Jazz Festival has captivated jazz aficionados from across Texas since 1994 with a free, stellar lineup and a laid-back, family-friendly atmosphere. Outdoor seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Regulars, or “jazz babies,” come early to grab their favorite spots along the edge of the sparkling reflecting pool and fountains of the city’s main hub, Wonderland of the Americas.
Food trucks will be available.

Admission is free. Parking is also free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

No coolers are allowed on the grounds.

There is no reserved seating on the hillside or surrounding areas of the Amphitheater.

David Muñoz, host on iHeart Radio’s “Smooth Jazz San Antonio” will emcee the year-long festival. He’s hosted the Jazz Festival every year since the festival’s inception. Muñoz can now be heard talking about jazz and upcoming shows on the iHeart Radio app and on 101.9 FM in HD.

"We are excited to welcome a diverse line-up of headlining and opening act performances to the Balcones Heights Jazz Festival," said Balcones Heights Director of Economic Development & Public Affairs, Lorenzo Nastasi. "We are thrilled to give our audience stellar performances from our talented and accomplished artists, making this year's 27th Balcones Heights Jazz Festival one to remember."

The free virtual concert features a pre-recorded 1.5-hour performance of jazz headliner, MiChelle Garibay-Carey, with PM Soul and Toro Flores with Zarabande. The virtual concert debuted on the City of Balcones Heights YouTube channel on Dec. 22 at 7 p.m., for fans to enjoy in the comfort of their homes. 



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