Programming for the free-admission events released

The entire program of the annual Pori Jazz festival is now released. In addition to the main concerts at the Kirjurinluoto Concert Park, the festival will offer plenty of admission-free concerts on three stages at the Jazz Park

Most likely the most popular concert at the Jazz Park will be on Wednesday, July 17th, when everybody’s invited to celebrate the pre-party of the main concerts at the legendary Lokki Stage. Pori Jazz is proud to present Samuli Edelman & Orkestra Suora Lähetys and Alexi Tuomarila Trio featuring Kalevi Louhivuori. Unlike last summer, this concert will be the only admission-free concert at the Lokkilava, which will be one of the stages of the main concerts on July 18th, 19th and
20th.

New concert venue Poriljonki tent

This summer’s novelty at the Jazz Park is a big concert tent called Poriljonki. Poriljonki will offer concerts daily throughout the festival featuring among others prominent Finnish jazz ensembles Max Zenger Globus, Alder Ego and Marzi Nyman Trio as well as artists such as Maustetytöt, Jaakko Laitinen & Väärä Raha and Iisa. During most days the celebrations at the Poriljonki tent will be highlighted by Kirjuri All Stars, which is the Poriljonki house band consisting of top-level musiciansand featuring different singers such as Osmo Ikonen and Jussu Pöyhönen. From Sunday, July 14th to Tuesday July 16th Late Night Jam Sessions hosted by trumpeter Mikko “Gunu” Karjalainen will be held at the Poriljonki

Kirjurin Kesäravintola restaurant is one of the venues at the Jazz Park. During the opening weekend of the festival Anssi Kela and Stig will perform at the restaurant and from Wednesday, July 17th to Saturday, July 20th artists – such as Gasellit, Mouhous, Sini Yasemin and Lyömättömät – attracting younger audiences will be featured.

The Jazz Park will feature almost 50 admission-free concerts during the festival. There’s no age-limit to the Jazz Park, but due to alcohol licensing at Poriljonki tent and Kirjurin Kesäravintola restaurant those venues will have an age limit of 18 years starting at 9pm.

15th Pori Jazz Kids Festival

In addition to the concerts at the Kirjurinluoto Island, traditional Cafe Jazz by the Kokemäenjoki River will once again feature festival events. Pori Jazz and Rakastajat Theatre Company host Cafe Jazz in collaboration. On Friday, July 12th and Saturday, July 13th Pori Jazz will offer admission-free jazz concerts, during July 14th, 15th and 16th Rakastajat Theatre Company will be presenting their own program and from Wednesday, July 17th to Saturday, July 20th Pori Jazz will feature jam sessions hosted by trumpeter Mikko “Gunu” Karjalainen. Tickets for these jam sessions are available and speedy purchase is recommended as the seats are limited and coveted!

Pori Jazz Kids Festival offering various events for the entire family is held between Monday, July 15th and Wednesday, July 17th. Pori Jazz Kids is celebrating it’s 15th festival and this summer the admission-free concerts include among others Pikku Kakkonen’s Seikkailukone, Mimmit and Finnish-Swedish band FlipFlop as a part of the Folktinget Presents concert series. Bianca Morales who produced Pori Jazz Kids for several years will be featured with her ensemble Biancan MusiikkiKekkerit. Pori
Jazz Kids will be held at the Poriljonki tent on July 15th and 16th and at the Lokkilava on July 17th.n

Map of the festival area. Click the image for a larger version.