18th annual Jazz in the Pines festival kicks off in Idyllwild

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31 Jan 1999: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy performing during the half time special of the Super Bowl XXXIII Game between the Denver Broncos and the Atlanta Falcons at the Pro Player Stadium in Miami, Florida. The Broncos defeated the Falcons 34-19.

The San Jacinto Mountains comes alive with music this weekend. It’s the 18th annual “Idyllwild Jazz in the Pines” festival.

More than two dozen bands will perform across three outdoor stages tucked amid the forest surrounding Idyllwild. The San Jacinto Mountain town hosts the festival each year to benefit a scholarship program for students at the Idyllwild Arts Academy. Many of the performances will be held at the academy’s Holmes Amphitheater.

That includes an appearance by Big Band Voodoo Daddy from Ventura County, and the brassy Latin-jazz ensemble Mongorama led by KJazz radio host Jose Rizo.

The Jazz in the Pines festival starts Saturday morning and runs through Sunday night at Holmes Amphitheatre on the campus of the Idyllwild Arts Academy and other venues around town.

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