Steel City Smooth Jazz Fest is back! Here’s what you need to know

Steel city jazz fest 2017
Saxaphone time. (Stephonia Taylor McLinn / Steel City Smooth Jazz Fest)

Mark your calendars–Birmingham’s real smooth jazz and R&B music festival is coming back to town Friday, June 17–Saturday, June 18! Keep reading for everything you need to know about the jam-packed weekend.

Back again

Steel City Jazz fest 2017
Jammin’ all weekend long! (Stephonia Taylor McLinn for Steel City Smooth Jazz Fest)

The Steel City Smooth Jazz Fest partnered with The City of Birmingham for the return of the festival in Linn Park. Organizers of the event are excited to bring Steel City back to Birmingham. So are we!

“We are working to make the return of the Steel City Smooth Jazz Fest an unsurpassed live musical experience unlike any other music festival anywhere in the nation. Working with our in-kind sponsor, The World Games 2022, festival attendees can expect some global surprises.”

Cedric Allen, Organizer, Steel City Smooth Jazz Fest

What to expect

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A lineup that will keep you on your feet for sure! (Steel City Smooth Jazz Fest)

The two-day festival features 22 artists, including multiple Grammy winners and nominees. Here are a just few of the names you can expect to see at the festival:

  • The Isley Brothers
  • Memphis-born saxophonist Kirk Whalum 
  • Saxophonist Boney James
  • R&B sensation Musiq Soulchild
  • Singer/songwriter Jonathan Butler

In addition to the star-studded lineup, attendees will experience awesome vendors with amazing food, unique artwork and all kinds of cool merchandise. It’s an all-weekend outdoor party!

Gates open on Friday at 4:00PM, with the first act taking the stage at 5:00PM. On Saturday, the gates open at 11AM, with the music starting at noon. You don’t want to miss it!

Linn Park

Linn Park
One of Birmingham’s good looking parks. (Jacob Blankenship / Bham Now)

The Linn Park atmosphere on the lawn alone is enough to make us attend! In the heart of downtown, the location will not disappoint as the festival transforms the park into a fun-filled event. No wonder this event brings people from around the world to Birmingham!

If you do venture away from the park at all, be sure to check out the delicious restaurants and bars nearby.

Get your tickets

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Jazz fans in The Magic City (Steel City Smooth Jazz Fest)

Grab your tickets and secure your spot early to make sure you don’t miss one of the nation’s premiere jazz festivals. Get them now and receive an early bird discount. $69 for two days of fun, food and music? Deal!

  • When: June 17-18, 2022
  • Where: 20th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203
  • Price:
    • Early bird special (won’t last long!)- $69.00
    • Day Pass – $125
    • Weekend pass – $215
    • VIP pass – $350

There is no better way to experience jazz in The Magic City than the long-awaited return of Steel City Smooth Jazz Fest.

Which artist are you most excited about? Let us know and tag us @bhamnow!

Callie Puryear
Callie Puryear
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