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Benoit and Ritenour at Idyllwild Jazz in the Pines Festival

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Pianist David Benoit and guitarist Lee Ritenour will headline this year’s Jazz...

... in the Pines Music Festival August 28 and 29 on the Idyllwild Arts campus in the resort town of Idyllwild in the mountains above Palm Springs.

Benoit will perform on Saturday and Ritenour will perform on Sunday.

There also will be dozens of other jazz, blues, and rock ‘n roll musicians, including Yve Evans, Richie Cole, Lori Andrews, Lanny Morgan, Sherry Williams, Harry Pickens, and musical director Marshall Hawkins, to name just a few.

The music will be performed in three venues: the main stage in the outdoor Holmes Amphitheatre, which is a grassy bowl shaded by tall pines and billowing parachutes, Stephens Recital Hall, an intimate indoor setting, and the French Quarter Bistro, which serves drinks and welcomes dancers.

Each day the gates open at 9:30 a.m. and the music plays from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost is $45 per ticket per day ($40 per ticket per day until July 31).

There also are two special musical events associated with the festival: The Patron’s Dinner Dance on Friday night, August 27, and the Saturday Night Special.

The Patron’s Dinner Dance will feature Ruby “Ruby Blue” Presnell and Marshall Hawkins. The Patron’s Package costs $135 per person and includes the gourmet dinner and dance, one ticket to each day of the festival, reserved seating in the amphitheater, and free parking on campus.

The Saturday Night Special is an intimate evening of jazz held at the Idyllwild Art Foundation Theater on campus from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets are limited and the cost is $20 per person.

The special will feature Marshall Hawkins and the Seahawk Modern Jazz Orchestrawith music by Eddie Karam, Jason Jackson, John Rodby, Rick Helzer and performances by Danny Barber, Lieland “Spoonful” Collins, Talya Ferro and Sherry Williams.

For more information visit the Jazz in the Pines website: www.idyllwildjazz.com or email idyllwildjazz@hotmail.com or call (909) 235-2093.

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