The Playboy Jazz Festival released the final names of musical acts in their 2016 lineup on Tuesday (March 1) and it's lit! Jon Batiste & Stay Human and the Robert Cray Band are among the several artists scheduled to take the stage. The 38th annual event, which was founded by Hugh Hefner in Chicago in 1959, will take place for two days in Los Angeles this spring.
Jon Batiste & Stay Human just so happens to be the house band for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, while Robert Cray Band is expected to play a special tribute to legendary blues musician, B.B. King, according to Billboard. King was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 and his legacy has earned him the title of one of the most influential blues artists of all time.
The back-to-back days of music will be hosted by comedian George Lopez. This will be the fourth consecutive year in a row of hosting duties for the 54-year-old California native. Comedian Bill Cosby acted as master of ceremonies for the majority of the festivals (from 1979-2012), Lopez took over in 2013 and has been fulfilling the role ever since.
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The 2016 Playboy Jazz Festival will be held at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California from June 11 to June 12. Standard adult tickets for the event range from $20 to $75 and above. For additional ticket info, click here.
Check out the full lineup below:
Saturday, June 11 (3 p.m.):
Jon Batiste & Stay Human
Seth MacFarlane with conductor Joel McNeely
Cécile McLorin Salvant
Los Van Van
The Bad Plus Joshua Redman
Joey Alexander Trio
John Beasley's MONK'estra
The LAUSD/Beyond the Bell All-City Jazz Big Band under the direction of Tony White and J.B. Dyas
Sunday, June 12 (3 p.m.):
Fourplay Silver Anniversary with Bob James, Nathan East, Chuck Loeb and Harvey Mason
The Robert Cray Band Celebrating B.B. King with special guests Sonny Landreth and Roy Gaines
Pete Escovedo Orchestra featuring Sheila E., Juan and Peter Michael
Javon Jackson and Sax Appeal featuring special guests Jimmy Heath, George Cables, Peter Washington, Willie Jones III
Big Chief Donald Harrison Jr. and the Congo Nation-New Orleans Cultural Group
Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah Present Stretch Music
CSUN Jazz A Band directed by Matt Harris