21.12.

Beloved Stray Cats to perform at Pori Jazz

 
World famous rockabilly band Stray Cats will tour in Europe next summer, and the group will be performing at Pori Jazz on Thursday, July 18th. Other new additions to the festival program include Melody Gardot, Snarky Puppy, and José James. Festival tickets are available for a special price until December 31st.
 
Stray Cats was founded in Long Island, New York back in 1979, but the band made its international breakthrough in the early 80s after relocating to London. Their hit roster includes “Runaway Boys”, “Rock This Town” and “Stray Cat Strut” just to mention a few. Finnish fans have always been very devoted to singer-guitarist Brian Setzer, bassist Lee Rocker and drummer Slim Jim Phantom who managed to create a proper mass hysteria in Finland. Stray Cats got its first gold record here in 1981. The band broke up in 1984.

It’s been some ten years since their last concert, but now Stray Cats has reunited to celebrate its four decades in music business both by working in the studio and touring. First reunion concerts happened in the US last spring, and Europe's turn will come next summer. It’s been over 25 years since their last album release, but Stray Cat promises that their upcoming album will offer first-class rockabilly with some fresh influences thrown in.

American singer Melody Gardot will also perform at Pori Jazz on Thursday, July 18th. This stunning and charismatic American singer combining elements of jazz, blues, chanson and Americana, made her international breakthrough some ten years ago and has since been charming audiences worldwide. Her debut in Finland was at Pori Jazz 2010. Last February, she released her Live in Europe album – a fine example of the unique atmosphere the artist is able to create every time she takes the stage.

Snarky Puppy and José James to perform on Saturday, July 20th

American band Snarky Puppy is one of the biggest success stories in the jazz circles within the past five years. Lead by bassist-composer Michael League, the collective consists of over 30 musicians of which the performing touring party is usually 8-12 persons. Their modern touch of fusion jazz has impressed both audiences and critics. They’ve gathered a vast and enthusiastic fan base on YouTube and other social mediums. Snarky Puppy has performed at Pori Jazz back in 2014 and 2016. They’re releasing a new album in spring, so one can expect both old and new music at their concert next July.

José James will be celebrating soul legend Bill Withers’ career with his most recent project. James has been performing famous songs by Withers already for several years, but as the legend turned 80 years this year, James asked his blessing for a proper tribute project. After receiving it José James has been performing the undying hits of Bill Withers and the audiences have been quite ecstatic. The tribute album was released in fall by Blue Note. Instead of re-arranging the songs, José James has decided to honor the original versions and as his voice is somewhat similar to Withers’ he’s truly the right man to honor the living legend.

Tickets available for a special price until the end of 2018

Tickets for the Pori Jazz main concerts are available at Ticketmaster Finland. Previously announced artists include Toto (20.7.), Ville Valo & Agents (20.7.), Angélique Kidjo (19.7.) and J. Karjalainen (18.7.).

Traditional Free-of-Choice ticket entitles entrance to one of the main concerts on July 18th, 19th, and 20th. The price of the ticket is starting at 72 Euros (incl. Ticketmaster’s service fee). Free-of-Choice ticket is available only until December 31st, 2018.

Daily tickets to the main concerts entitling entrance on the specific date of the purchased ticket are available starting from 69 Euros (incl. Ticketmaster’s service fee) until December 31st, 2018.

Three-Day Ticket entitles entrance to all the main concerts and is available starting from 169 Euros (incl. Ticketmaster’s service fee) until December 31st, 2018.

For upgraded festival experience please check out our daily Pori Jazz VIP and Lounge tickets for the main concerts.

29.11.

Toto at Pori Jazz in July

Renowned American band Toto will perform at Pori Jazz on Saturday, July 20th. Other acts of the 2019 festivals first artist announcement include Beninese world music star Angélique Kidjo and Finnish artists Ville Valo & Agents and J. Karjalainen. Tickets for the 54th Pori Jazz are available for a special price until December 31st at Ticketmaster Finland.

Toto is known for its several hits such as ”Africa”, ”Rosanna” and ”Hold the Line” and has released 17 studio albums over five decades. They’ve sold more than 40 million records worldwide.

Their Greatest Hits package titled 40 Trips Around the Sun including three brand new songs was released in February 2018. The album was followed by vast world tour featuring among others sold-out concerts at the Ziggo Dome (audience capacity 17 000) in Amsterdam and Royal Albert Hall in London.

Recently Toto has gained new fans from younger generations as their practically evergreen hit song “Africa” released back in 1982 has summed up to over 455 million listeners in Spotify. Next summer Toto will tour Europe for a month and the last concert will be at Pori Jazz on Saturday, July 20th.

On July 20th Pori Jazz will also feature one of the most interesting current Finnish collaborations as Ville Valo & Agents will perform at the festival. Ville Valo is internationally known as the lead singer of HIM and he’s joined forces with legendary band Agents whose guitarist Esa Pulliainen has arranged previously unreleased songs by Rauli “Badding” Somerjoki.

Angélique Kidjo interprets Talking Heads

On Friday, July 19th Pori Jazz will feature singer-songwriter, actor and activist Angélique Kidjo, who is indisputably one of the greatest world music stars. Her magnificent career began in the early 90’s and since then this triple Grammy winner has been known for mixing musical genres candidly. Her latest project Remain in Light is an interpretation of Talking Heads classic album bearing the bands name. Kidjo released a critically acclaimed album on Talking Heads last summer and it’s most likely to be found on the best albums of 2018 charts.

On Thursday, July 18th J. Karjalainen, one of Finland’s most popular contemporary singer-songwriter will perform at Pori Jazz. His brand new album Sä kuljetat mua featuring his beloved and unique sound was released in October 2018. Several hits – such as “Tule kesäyö”, “Tummansininen seuralainen” and “Sä kuljetat mua” - from the album can be heard on Finnish radio stations.

Tickets available for a special price until the end of 2018

Tickets for the Pori Jazz main concerts will be available on November 30th at 9 am at Ticketmaster Finland. Tickets are available for a special reduced price until December 31st.

Traditional Free-of-Choice ticket entitles entrance to one of the main concerts on July 18th, 19th and 20th. The price of the ticket is starting from 72 Euros (incl. Ticketmaster’s service fee). Free-of-Choice ticket is available only until December 31st 2018.

Daily tickets to the main concerts entitling entrance on the specific date of the purchased ticket are available starting from 69 Euros (incl. Ticketmaster’s service fee) until December 31st 2018. From January 1st 2019 the price will be starting from 79 Euros (incl. Ticketmaster’s service fee).

Three-Day Ticket entitles entrance to all the main concerts and is available starting from 169 Euros (incl. Ticketmaster’s service fee) until December 31st 2018. From January 1st 2019 the price will be starting from 179 Euros (incl. Ticketmaster’s service fee).

For upgraded festival experience please check out our daily Pori Jazz VIP and Lounge tickets for the main concerts.

05.11.

Check out our festival poster 2019

The official poster for the 2019 festival has been published. The poster is designed by illustrator Rami Niemi whose client roster includes among others Lexus, Google, Nike, The New York Times and Vanity Fair.

Pori Jazz has been held continuously since 1966 and the posters have always had a significant role building the festival identity and its visuals. During five decades a wide range of both nationally and internationally acclaimed graphic artists have designed the festival posters.

Click to see a bigger version of the poster

05.11.

Pori Jazz 2019 to take place on 12th–20th July

The 54th Pori Jazz will be held between July 12th and 20th. The main concerts are on July 18th, 19th and 20th at the Kirjurinluoto Concert Park. In addition to the main concerts Pori Jazz 2019 offers a wide range of concerts without admission fee at the Jazz Park.

In summer 2018 some 59 000 people attended concerts with entrance fee and our non-chargeable events at the Jazz Park attracted some 285 000 visitors.

Further information on the 2018 festival will be released during the wintertime. Follow our news feed!