The Kuumbwa Jazz Center is the place to be Saturday night as the Santa Cruz cultural mainstay hosts the fund-raising “An Evening at the Moulin Rouge.”
Set for 5:30 p.m., the event will feature wine tasting, gourmet food and a variety of auction items. Proceeds benefit the organization’s essential music education and concert presentations.
Particularly attractive is the opportunity to bid on trips to two jazz festivals. Here are the details.
Live Offering 1 – Umbria Jazz Festival, Perugia, Italy, July 2014: Staged in the medieval city of Perugia, this historic festival’s headliner concerts take place in the comfortable new Arena, but music permeates the entire historic downtown area throughout the festival’s ten-day run, including free concerts in the ancient town plaza. When the music isn’t playing (and the concerts and jam sessions can go on until dawn), sample exquisite Italian cuisine and wines and wander the Umbrian town’s cobbled streets past architectural treasures dating as far back as the Etruscans, Romans, and Byzantines. The town’s university has welcomed students from all across Europe since the 1200s. This package includes two four-day VIP passes and three nights in one of the Festival’s official hotels, the Hotel La Rosetta, right in the heart of the action.
Live Offering 2 – New Mexico Jazz Festival, Santa Fe NM July, 2014: You’ll be headquartered in historic, adobe-rich Santa Fe for its share of this two-week jazz festival. Set against a dramatic Sangre de Cristo mountain backdrop, this town was the first to be designated a UNESCO “World Creative City, and is host to world-class art museums and galleries, a cuisine famous for its deeply flavored green and red chili dishes, an Indian arts and crafts market and endless creative flair. The winning bidder will receive two VIP Passes to the two headliner concerts at the Lensic Performing Arts Center on Friday and Saturday nights and three nights at festival’s official hotel – the Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza Hotel. The hotel is a short two-block walk from the historic plaza where free music events take place throughout the weekend, and is within walking distance of the Georgia O’Keefe Museum, the Indian market and a number of historic sites.
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