Wreckhouse festival opens Wednesday

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Dana Parsons and her quintet will open the Wreckhouse International Jazz and Blues Festival this Wednesday at noon at Rocket Room in St. John’s. — Submitted photo

The Wreckhouse International Jazz and Blues Festival gets underway in St. John’s Wednesday, with a free lunchtime concert at Rocket Room.

The festival will bring jazz, blues and international music to town for four full days and nights, which will include concerts, workshops and other events.

The Dana Parsons Quintet will kick off the festival Wednesday at noon, as the first daily free lunch-hour shows at Rocket Room, above Rocket Bakery on Water Street.

The festival’s first day will continue in the evening with shows at Rocket Room, the LSPU Hall and the Fat Cat, featuring Parachute Games, Gorilla Mask, Trifolia, the Roberto Lopez Afro-Colombian Jazz Orchestra, Scott Goudie and Mark Belbin and Australia’s 8 Ball Aitken.

The festival’s headline show will happen at the St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre Thursday evening, when the John Scofield Überjam Band takes the stage.

Tickets for that show at available by calling 729-3900 or online at www.artsandculturecentre.com.

Tickets for all other festival shows can be purchased at the LSPU Hall box office, online at www.rca.nf.ca or by calling 753-4531.

A full festival schedule is available online at www.wreckhousejazzandblues.com.

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Organizations: Fat Cat, Colombian Jazz Orchestra

Geographic location: Australia

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