Magda Giannikou and her Banda Magda play Jefferson Center’s Jazz Club on Sept. 27 | Courtesy Jefferson Center
Jefferson Center’s upcoming entertainment series selections are generating the most interest that box office employees have ever seen at the venue.
The venue had sold more than 500 season tickets by Tuesday to its Star City Series, Jefferson Center executive director Cyrus Pace said. Shaftman Hall, where the Jeff presents those shows, holds 889 people. This year’s Star City performers are Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Chris Thile, Dr. John & the Nite Trippers, Jerry Douglas and Sam Bush leading their bands in a double-bill, Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Taj Majal Trio with opening act Shemekia Copeland and Bela Fleck with Abigail Washburn.
As of Tuesday, there were 100 tickets remaining for Dr. John and about 100 for the Douglas and Bush show, while the Thile concert was selling quickly, Pace said.
“Some of those will probably sell out by the end of this week,” he said.
The smaller Jazz Club series, with shows held in the Jefferson Center rehearsal hall, already has recorded two sell-outs. Banda Magda’s 7 p.m. show is at capacity, as is the Djangoary event, featuring Frank Vignola, Pace said. Tickets still remain for both acts’ 9 p.m. sets.
The family series and the Jazz Series — featuring The Yellowjackets, Snarky Puppy, Pat Metheny Unity Band and Luciana Souza Quintet — have moved at a similarly impressive pace, he said. This time last year, 420 Star City series ticket packages had moved. Pace credits a couple of different factors in the sales increases.
“People who have been with us from the very beginning, buying those series [passes], continue to support us by committing to being here for all of those shows,” he said. “There are supporters in this community who want to be sure that we continue to provide these kinds of artists to the community, [so] tickets are still reasonable.”
To see the full Jefferson Center schedule, visit http://www.jeffcenter.org/events/all.