Final weekend of 2014 Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival

Morning view of Avalon Harbor on Catalina Island

Morning view of Avalon Harbor on Catalina Island

Good morning from Catalina Island!

This is the final weekend of the 2014 Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival. Last night, Peter White performed an “unplugged” show on the sand at Descanso Beach. Tonight, the festival returns to the historic Catalina Casino Ballroom, where the artist’s musical magic will be illuminated by the elegance of Tiffany chandeliers. Headliners this weekend include David Sanborn on Saturday, and Dave Koz closing out the island festival on Sunday.

Craig Collier, Cristina (JazzTrax ticket manager) & Jonathan Fritzen at the Smooth Jazz News booth during the 2013 Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival

Craig Collier, Cristina (JazzTrax ticket manager) & Jonathan Fritzen at the Smooth Jazz News booth during the 2013 Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival

Each artist will be signing autographs after their show. Stop by our booth next to the autograph signing table, and receive 2 CDs FREE when you subscribe (or renew) to Smooth Jazz News!

Crab benedict at Original Jack's Country Kitchen on Catalina Island

Crab benedict at Original Jack’s Country Kitchen on Catalina Island

If you’re already on the island, you might want to try Original Jack’s Country Kitchen for morning meal (their crab benedict is fabulous!) or the Casino Dock Cafe (next to the Casino) for a breakfast burrito or some tasty South-of-the Border dishes.

A Touch of Heaven Day Spa in the Metropole Marketplace on Catalina Island

A Touch of Heaven Day Spa in the Metropole Marketplace on Catalina Island

And, if you’d like to get a little pampering in before the concerts, A Touch of Heaven Day spa offers the best Sweet Thai Massage (a combination of massages, stretching and acupressure, which is great for pain relief ad relaxation!). Ramona Garcia is my favorite massage therapist. They’re located below in the Hotel Metropole in the Metropole Marketplace. For an appointment, call 310-510-1633.

Tonight, after the shows in the Casino, the JazzTrax After-Party is happening on Descanso Beach with DJ Jonathan Phillips. After a night of dancing on the sand, you may want to schedule your massage appointment for Sunday morning! A Touch of Heaven also offers a Deluxe Hand & Foot Treatment (massage with essential oils) and a Revitalize treatment (hand and foot reflexology with a lavender foot scrub, ending with a peppermint scalp massage). Sounds like heaven to me!

A few tickets are still available for Saturday and Sunday sessions, and can be purchased at the box office. For festival details, visit www.jazztrax.com.

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