Summertime (and Beyond) Blues and Jazz Concerts

Do you have the summertime blues? No need! The music festival season is here and Blues and Jazz musicians are traveling the States to a City near you. Ninety-seven blues and jazz festivals and concerts will reach sixty-two cities this year.

Despite its Southern roots, there will be more blues and jazz live shows in Los Angeles this year than any other city (with seven). Buddy Guy, Dave Koz, Dr John, and George Benson will all play the Hollywood Bowl, while Diana Krall is to perform at the Greek Theatre, Gary Clark Jr. at The Wiltern, and Joe Bonamassa at Dolby Theatre. The average price of Los Angeles Blues and Jazz tickets is $173. San Diego has the second most blues and jazz concerts, with four.

Based on ticket price, demand to see Joe Bonamassa in concert is higher than any other Jazz or Blues musician currently on tour. Bonamassa tours the world regularly; before touring the States starting November 2, Classic Rock Magazine’s 2009 “Breakthrough Artist of the Year” award winner will make his way through South America, the UK, and Europe. The New York native continues touring in support of his most recent album ‘Driving Toward the Daylight.’

Jazz and Blues tickets won’t burn a whole in your pocket this summer. The average cost of concert tickets this year is $174. Jazz and Blues tickets are averaging $16 less, making the genres one of the best deals in the mix. Joe Bonamassa tickets for the blues-rock guitarist’s 23-City tour are the most expensive on the secondary market while Ramsey Lewis two concerts are the cheapest.

Blues & Jazz Musicians Avg. Price
BB King $99.00
Buddy Guy $109.89
Chris Botti $87.35
Dave Koz $161.96
Diana Krall $188.51
Dr John $180.33
Gary Clark Jr. $106.20
George Benson $170.54
Harry Connick Jr $151.30
Joe Bonamassa $199.49
Jonny Lang $88.53
Monty Alexander $73.26
Newport Jazz Festival $131.29
Ramsey Lewis $56.23
Thievery Corporation $89.41
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