Whidbey Island Center for the Arts has released its line-up for the 18th annual DjangoFest Northwest taking place in Langley Sept. 19-23.
The five-day festival includes world-class performers from the United States, Canada, Europe and South America, celebrating the music of legendary composer Django Reinhardt. Ticket sales begin June 15.
Considered the granddaddy of Gypsy Jazz festivals in the United States, DjangoFest Northwest brings a lineup of top-tier jazz musicians from across the globe to perform, teach and rejoice in the musical genre known for its energy, spontaneity and joy.
Pop-up mini concerts are common around Langley’s streets and venues during the festival.
The line-up is as follows: Cyrille Aimee, Adrien Moignard Trio with Mathieu Chatelain and Jeremie Arranger, Gonzalo Bergara Quartet, Bina Coquet Trio, The Bills, Evan Price with Jason Vieaux, Black Market Trust, Brishen, Henry Acker Trio, Hot Club of Troy, Jimmy Grant Ensemble, Eric Vanderbilt-Matthews and his All Stars, and DjangoFest Saga Award recipient Sara L’Abriola and her Trio.
Tcha Limberger is the headliner. Special guests include Duved Dunayevsky, Dave Kelbie and Simon Planting.
“We are heading into the 18th year of one of the finest music festivals in the world,” said Troy Chapman with Whidbey’s own Django band, Hot Club of Troy.
“I’m looking forward to seeing friends, making new friends, and hearing some of the finest musicians in the world.”
The grand finale of the festival will be the “Tcha Tcha Djam” on Sunday, where many festival performers join together to “put the D in the jam.”
WICA officials said it’s still possible to become a festival sponsor.
Sponsorship begins at just $100 and guarantees first chance for seat reservation. Sales for the general public open June 15.
• For festival information, including artist lineup, workshops, artist biographies, sponsorship, and ticketing information go to www.djangofestNW.com