Russian River Jazz on Johnson’s Beach: Historic Jazz Festival Marks the End of Summer in the San Francisco Bay Area

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     Johnson’s Beach in Guerneville, California has been the host of the Russian River Jazz Festival for decades. The town of Guerneville, at one time a bastion for the gay and lesbian community as well as a Hell’s Angels’ vacation spot, supports an open atmosphere of lifestyles and appreciation of the arts. This year’s festival, slated for Sept 8-9, marks the 31st year of music celebration in the Russian River Jazz festival series.

Festivities begin at 10:00am each day and conclude at 6:00pm. The music starts at 11:00am and it is suggested that concert goers arrive early for the best possible seats on the beach.

According to Amber Cancellier, very amiable and helpful executive at Omega Events, this year’s event offers two ticket packages. General admission seating is $48 per person per day. This is a general admission with a first come first served policy on seating choices on the beach.

The Gold package at $98, per person per day, is the equivalent of the VIP Vegas “Bottle Table” service experience. In this package, the concert goer is provided a premium beach chair with a front of the stage position. In addition each Gold Ticket receives 3 free coupons to the Wine Garden pavilion that is set up for wine lovers. In my opinion, if you are not supporting a family to this event then the Gold Package is the only way to fly!

Here is why you want to purchase that Gold Package according to www.russianriverfestivals.com :

Saturday Sept. 8 features Chaka Khan, Boney James, Poncho Sanchez, Ledisi, Forte, and Michaele.

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Sunday Sept. 9 features Joe Sample Trio, Christian Scott, Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers, and Michaele.

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The following is a simple map of the area surrounding Guerneville, California:

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If you have any questions please contact Dean at ddguad@aol.com or comment here at deansguide.wordpress.com. Thanks!

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