Duck Jazz Festival Announces Headliner

The Duck Town Park will be roaring with talent as the sounds of local, regional, and national musicians fill two stages at the 8th Annual Duck Jazz Festival on Sunday, October 12, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. to dusk. This free, premier jazz event in Duck is designed to provide a unique entertainment opportunity for residents and visitors on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

With performances scheduled throughout the day, headliner René Marie will take the main stage at 4:00 p.m. An award winning wide-range vocal ability paired with an emotional resonance is just one of many ways Marie has propelled to the top among today’s most successful jazz divas. With a mastery of entertaining and risk-taking, Marie has found her voice and boldness akin to the legendary Eartha Kitt. Virginia native René Marie will show Duck Jazz Festival goers why she has won over critics in the jazz world, and will be performing her latest project I Wanna Be Evil (With Love to Eartha Kitt).

In between sets of the main stage acts, attendees can enjoy music from local acts and an intimate performance from a jazz educator on the Amphitheater stage. Other performers for both stages will be announced soon. The Duck Jazz Festival takes place at the Duck Town Park located at 1200 Duck Road. There is no entrance fee to the festival and tickets are not required. Gates open at 10:00 a.m., and music begins at 11:00 a.m. In addition to the main event on Sunday, businesses throughout Duck participate by offering jazz events during festival weekend, and the public is invited to a movie, The Aristocats, presented by Children @ Play on the Town Green on Friday, October 10 beginning at sunset. During her time in the Outer Banks, Marie will lead a vocal workshop for Dare County students on Friday, October 10 at First Flight High School as a part of the educational component Duck incorporates to the jazz-filled weekend each year.

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