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Thunderstorms suspend Jacksonville Jazz Festival Saturday night
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Thunderstorms suspend Jacksonville Jazz Festival Saturday night

  • PublishedMay 26, 2024



According to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, the Jazz Festival Administration chose to suspend the event as a safety measure.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville Jazz Festival was suspended Saturday night after thunderstorms moved through the downtown area, bringing lightning and heavy rain to the event that was scheduled to end at 11 p.m.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said around 7:15 p.m. Saturday that the Jazz Festival Administration chose to suspend the event as a safety measure.

Patrons attending the event as the storm rolled through the area were asked to shelter in their vehicles if possible. 

Others who didn’t have a vehicle were advised by event staff to go to EverBank Stadium using Gate 1 and Gate 4 to take shelter. At the same time, people who were in Daily’s Place were told to go to the South End Zone and Main Concourse areas for shelter as advised by event staff.

“We apologize for the delays,” the Jacksonville Jazz Festival wrote on social media.

Saturday marked Day 3 for the event. Gregory Porter was set to perform from 7:45 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Met Park Stage followed by Brian Culbertson from 9:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. 

The Huntertones were scheduled to perform from 7:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. at the Daily’s Place Stage along with Robin Thicke from 9:15 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Right now, it is unclear if the artists whose sets were suspended will be able to return to the stage on Sunday.

JSO said fans should follow it, the City of Jacksonville, Jax Ready, Daily’s Place and Jax events 

The Jacksonville Jazz Festival began on Thursday and is scheduled to go through Sunday.





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