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Experience a wide variety of entertainment at the Lerner! You can easily buy tickets online for any of our upcoming shows.

For more information, or to reserve wheelchair seating, please call the Box Office at (574) 293-4469 or (800) 294-8223

  • Thursday Jun 22 Doors open 6:30PM Show starts 7:30PM
    General Admission

    FREE

    Elkhart Municipal Band Free Jazz Festival Kick-Off Concert

    Your Elkhart Municipal Band will present a FREE concert in the Lerner to jump-start the 30th annual Elkhart Jazz Festival. This concert will feature Mike Smith, Alto Saxophone Jazz great from Chicago! Mike played in Buddy Rich’s band and also toured the world with Frank Sinatra and Frank Sinatra Jr. As a matter of fact, the band will pay tribute to both Frank Sinatra and Buddy Rich (who would turn 100 years old this year) if still living along with other exciting Jazz music! Don’t miss this concert! As, as always, you can’t beat the price!

  • Friday Jun 23 Doors open 5:00PM Show starts 5:00PM
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    Reserved Seating

    $200

    30th Annual Elkhart Jazz Festival Premium Pass

    Entrance to all stages, including reserved Main floor seating for all 30th Anniversary Elkhart Jazz Festival headliners – Ben Folds & The Elkhart County Symphony, The Ramsey Lewis Quintet, and Terence Blanchard & The E-Collective. Save 30% when you buy before May 22!

  • Friday Jun 23 Doors open 5:00PM Show starts 5:00PM
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    General Admission

    $100

    30th Annual Elkhart Jazz Festival Basic Pass

    This is your gateway to the festival. Access to all stages, all weekend, EXCLUDING headline performers – Ben Folds & The Elkhart County Symphony, The Ramsey Lewis Quintet and Terence Blanchard & The E-Collective. If you want a weekend pass that includes these shows, TAKE A LOOK AT THE PREMIUM PASSES. Save 30% when you buy before May 22!

  • Friday Jun 23 Doors open 5:00PM Show starts 5:00PM
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    $300

    30th Annual Elkhart Jazz Festival VIP Pass

    Now you are part of “The In Crowd”! Entrance to all stages, all weekend, including reserved Main floor seating for all 30th Anniversary Elkhart Jazz Festival headliners – Ben Folds & The Elkhart County Symphony (Saturday), The Ramsey Lewis Quintet (Friday) and Terence Blanchard & The E-Collective (Sunday). PLUS – VIP access to the Thursday evening concert at Wellfield Botanic Gardens; Friday patron picnic at Wellfield Botanic Gardens and evening VIP reception downtown; as well as the Sunday jazz brunch with live music in the Crystal Ballroom. Save 30% when you buy before May 22!

  • Friday Jun 23 Doors open 5:00PM Show starts 5:00PM
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    Reserved Seating

    $400

    30th Annual Elkhart Jazz Festival Top Brass Pass

    You are TOP BRASS – Thank you for your commitment and support! Entrance to all stages, all weekend, including reserved Main floor seating for all 30th Anniversary Elkhart Jazz Festival headliners – Ben Folds & The Elkhart County Symphony (Saturday), The Ramsey Lewis Quintet (Friday) and Terence Blanchard & The E-Collective (Sunday). PLUS – VIP access to the Thursday evening concert at Wellfield Botanic Gardens; Friday patron picnic at Wellfield Botanic Gardens and evening VIP reception downtown; Saturday Top Brass Reception; Sunday jazz brunch with live music in the Crystal Ballroom; and Donation/sponsorship value of $100.

  • Friday Jun 23 Doors open 7:00PM Show starts 8:00PM
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    $55
    $45
    $35
    $25

    Ramsey Lewis Quintet

    Ramsey Lewis has been an iconic leader in the contemporary jazz movement for over 50 years with an unforgettable sound and outgoing personality that has allowed him to cross over to the pop and R&B charts. Throughout his illustrious career, Lewis, who is a NEA Jazz Master, has also joined forces with countless other artists to create new and innovative music. After having played mostly in an acoustic trio for the last fifteen years, Lewis' latest endeavor has him returning to his electric roots.

  • Saturday Jun 24 Doors open 7:00PM Show starts 8:00PM
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    $65
    $55
    $45
    $35

    Ben Folds and the Elkhart County Symphony

    Ben Folds is widely regarded as one of the major music influencers of our generation.

    He's spent over a decade sharing the stage with some of the world's greatest symphony orchestras -- from Sydney, Australia to the Kennedy Center, performing his pop hits and his critically acclaimed concerto for Piano and Orchestra.

    For five seasons he was a judge on the popular NBC series "The Sing Off," which catapulted the art of a cappella into the national spotlight, and helped launch the careers of numerous a cappella groups.

    Throughout his career, Folds has created an enormous body of genre-bending musical art that includes pop albums as the front man for Ben Folds Five, multiple solo rock albums, as well as unique collaborative records with artists from Sara Bareilles and Regina Spektor, to Weird Al and William Shatner. His most recent album is a blend of pop and classical original works, in part recorded with the revered classical sextet yMusic that soared to #1 on both the Billboard classical and classical crossover charts.

    Beginning this Fall, Folds will be back to pound pianos again with cross country solo touring reminiscent of his earliest solo tours, where he defied skeptics by delivering a high energy rock performance using the intimacy of just a piano.

    In addition to his self-described love of performing and making music "for humans," Folds is also an avid photographer, and is a member of the distinguished Sony Artisans of Imagery.

    Folds is also an advocate for music education and music therapy as a member of Artist Committee of the Americans For The Arts, and he serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Nashville Symphony.

  • Sunday Jun 25 Doors open 3:00PM Show starts 3:30PM
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    $25
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    Terence Blanchard & the E-Collective

    Since top-tier jazz and multiple Grammy-winning trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard embarked on his solo recording career with his eponymous Columbia Records album in 1991, the New Orleans-born and – based artist has traveled many paths musically, including delivering adventurous and provocative acoustic jazz outings of original material, composing over 50 soundtracks and even, in 2013, debuting Champion: An Opera in Jazz. He has also, in the spirit of his onetime membership in the jazz school of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, mentored several musicians in his bands who have gone on to have significant recording careers of their own including Lionel Loueke, Aaron Parks, Kendrick Scott and one of his current band members Fabian Almazan).As a leader and co-leader (significantly four albums early in his career with fellow Crescent City artist,saxophonist Donald Harrison), Blanchard has recorded more than 30 albums that often defied genres, yet were still critically acclaimed. But for his latest Blue Note Records album, Breathless, Blanchard powerfully and playfully journeys into another jazz realm with his new quintet, The E-Collective—an exciting zone of grooved fusion teeming with funk, R&B and blues colors.

    Produced by the trumpeter and his manager Robin Burgess and executive produced by Blue Note president Don Was, the adventurous 13-tune recording zeroes in on several Blanchard originals, an epic-length piece by Almazan and a scattering of covers, sung by soothing and soulful vocalist P.J. Morton (a member of the band Maroon 5), including an exhilarating take on the modern standard “Compared to What“ made famous by Les McCann and Eddie Harris, and the soul-vibed and lyrical take on “I Ain’t Got Nothin’ But Time” penned by Hank Williams. Plus, Morton sings the compelling pop-styled, song-of-strength tune, ”Shutting Down,” written by Blanchard’s talented son, T. Oliver Blanchard Jr., aka JRei Oliver, who also contributes spoken-word excerpts on others.

    It’s a first foray into straight-up grooveland for Blanchard, and he’s thrilled with the dance-steeped party he and his quintet (and guests) have cooked up. “Breathless is the album I’ve been wanting to do for quite awhile,” he says. “Growing up I was listening to the Head Hunters and Weather Report, which had a strong effect on me. I always listened to groove-based music—Jimi Hendrix, Parliament Funkadelic and then later listening to Prince and D’Angelo and later what [jazz trumpeter] Russell Gunn was doing. But up to this point, I had never explored it.”

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From:
2017-12-18
Until:
2018-01-18

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