Montreal’s International Jazz Festival Celebrates 36th Year

Beirut and the Barr Brothers are headlining shows that have become a draw to the event, which starts tonight.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

Beirut and the Barr Brothers are just two of the artists who will be taking to one of many stages during Montreal’s International Jazz Festival, which kicks off today.

Beirut will open the 36th edition of the International Jazz Festival with a free show. Organizers say the highly anticipated return of Zach¬†Condon and his band, who energized a packed M√©tropolis for two evenings in their last performances at the International Jazz Festival in 2012. They’ll be presenting an unprecedented concert launching their new tour. Their globe-trotting music looks to Eastern Europe and the Balkans for inspiration, and curate a rich and gorgeously varied instrumentation featuring trumpet, accordion, ukulele, cello and more.

Other big names who will be joining the event include the Steve Miller Band, Erykah Badu, Huey Lewis and the News, Mika, Colin James, and The Sheepdogs.

B.B. King. A “Grand Blues Evening,” an ode to the blues legend, at the event of the festival on July 5th.

The International Jazz Festival runs from June 26th to July 5th. For more info on the line-up, artists, tickets, and more, click here.

Photo: Barr Brothers/International Jazz Festival