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Friday, April 21



We are very proud to welcome attendees of our Friday night jazz by presenting Wycliffe Gordon! This iconic performer was named “Trombonist of the Year” - for the 15th time - in 2022 by the Jazz Journalists Association.

A veteran member of the Wynton Marsalis Septet, Gordon has worked with David Sanborn, Paul Simon, Natalie Merchant, Rene Marie, Dianne Reeves, Anat Cohen, Ricky Skaggs, Arturo Sandoval, Doc Severinsen, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Tommy Flanagan, Shirley Horn, Joe Henderson, Eric Reed, Randy Sandke, and Branford Marsalis - to name a few!


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Bichos Vivos

Twilight is excited to feature a current Athens favorite, Bichos Vivos at Twilight Jazz on Friday night! Rooted in the Brazilian northeast region, Forró is party music driven by the accordion, triangle, Zabumba (big traditional drum), rounded out by guitar, bass, percussion, vocals, flute and violin. The closest equivalent here in the US is Zydeco with its infectious and highly danceable rhythms. Prepare to swing your hips and dance Friday night to this soulful music!
visit them online!
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Big Band Athens p/b WUGA-FM 6:00pm-6:45pm

Twilight is proud to have Big Band Athens usher in Twilight Jazz on Friday! Big Band Athens is an 18-member band and vocalist playing '40s dance music to preserve this rich part of American culture: the Swing Era. The ensemble is born of The Classic City Band founded in 1976 and currently stirs up swing dancers of all ages! Outside of the Twilight stage, enjoy them playing regularly at popular venues like Hendershot's and numerous events in town.
visit them online!

Saturday Music - Live Wire Stage, Cafe & Beer Garden Performances


11:45am - 1:00pm

electro-acoustic improvisational ensemble | a sound collage of jazz, world and popular influences

1:15pm - 2:15pm

swing dance performers

2:30pm - 4:00pm

five veteran athens musicians playing all-acoustic original greengrass; americana; irish modern/trad; and celtic rock

Jackson Street Music Cafe

10:30am - 12:00pm

Keiko Ishibashi & Brian Smith  |  Ishibashi and Smith perform their favorite variety of jazz styles, from Romani and Traveler Jazz, to Latin Jazz and straight ahead swing. They bring something for everyone!

12:45pm - 2:00pm

The Mendoza Brothers | Traditional Indigenous music from South North and Central America - Traditional Latin American music, Bolero, Musica Ranchera and more

2:45pm - 4:00pm

Riffnotes  |  Instrumental Standards & Originals

Dance Area On Jackson Street

12:00pm - 12:45pm

Carpentar Academy Irish Dancers  |  Irish Step-Dancing

2:00pm - 2:45pm

Danza Azteca Sr San Jose  |  Traditional Aztec Dance

4:00pm - 5:00pm

The Studio Athens Tap Dance!  |  Tap Dance

Clayton Street Music Cafe

11:00am - 12:15pm

Christian Montcriol  |  Traditional French & European Dances

12:30pm - 2:15pm

Tracy Brown & Jeff Lustig  |  Jazz & Blues Standards

2:30pm - 4:15pm

Rupam Ghosh with Ben Houser  |  North Indian Classical


Starland Beer Garden


11:30am - 1:15pm

Jason Elder  |  Guitar

Cutters Beer Garden


11:30am - 1:15pm

Anna Kurtz  |  Accordian

3:15pm - 5:00pm

Brian Smith  |  Guitar


3:15pm - 5:00pm

Christian Montcriol  |  Accordian