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Panama’s dry season is coming up. In less than three months, blue skies and northern breezes will invite everyone to go outside and enjoy the coolest, driest months in the country. Along with the best weather come some of the best outdoor musical events. Here are three to keep in mind for early 2014:
The annual Panama Jazz Festival is one of the region’s most important events with up to 100,000 people attending the festival each year. Since 2003 the festival has been increasing in popularity and now draws jazz musicians and audiences from around the world, including numerous Grammy Award Winners. For the talented, there are masters’ workshops available and the festival celebrates an historic jazz hero in attandance each year, as well as new talent.
This event is scheduled to take place from Monday, January 13 until Saturday, January 18 on the campus of the City of Knowledge. For more information visit www.panamajazzfestival.com. Tickets can be bought in advance at Blockbuster.
Jazz & Blues in Boquete
One festival is simply not enough. Jazz lovers in the westerly province of Chiriquí can look forward to the Boquete Jazz & Blues Festival. It will take place in the mountain town of Boquete from Thursday, February 13 to Sunday, February 14. It is the biggest musical event in the province. The 2012 and 2013 editions were also the first festivals in Panama to showcase first-class international blues genre acts in addition to notable Panamanian and Latin American artists featuring Jazz and Latin American music styles.
The eighth edition of this musical extravaganza will have a line-up of national and international. Festival tickets will go on sale in Boquete and online through the event website www.boquetejazzandbluesfestival.com/.
The “green” wave
The cherry on the cake of Panama’s outdoor music festivals is the Green Culture Music Festival (Festival Verde de Cultura Musical). It returns in its fifth edition from Friday, March 28 and Saturday, March 29 at the City of Knowledge. Rock bands from all over Latin America will participate in this celebration of music and friendship among nations.
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