The Tacoma Jazz and Blues Festival has been canceled for this year due to lack of funds, organizer Rich Wetzel announced this week.
The festival, which has run for 13 years, was scheduled to run all day July 30 in multiple venues on South Tacoma Way.
Earlier this month, Wetzel put out a call for more sponsors to raise the $15,000-$20,000 necessary to run the festival, after losing some of last year’s sponsors.
In a news release, Wetzel thanked committee members, existing sponsors, the business district and city of Tacoma for their support for previous festivals.
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The future of the festival, which last year involved 17 jazz and blues bands across four indoor and outdoor stages, is uncertain.
“At this point I just want to take some time off and re-evaluate if I want to do the festival again, or (in) some other location or format, or just go back to producing a few special guest artist concerts each year instead with my band,” said Wetzel, a trumpeter and band leader.
More information on the festival can be found at tacomajazzfestival.com.