“Anything is Possible” at Muck’s Next Jazz Music Fest – Serving the Fullerton community since 1922


The annual Muckenthaler Jazz Music Festival returns from May 13 after a one-year hiatus with the idea that anything is possible.

Muck Annual Jazz Festival: Spring 2021 returns with new energy described as “eclectic, avant-garde and contemporary” after having to cancel last year’s festival due to COVID-19.

“Our stage will be graced by world-class performers, people who feed their souls by playing for a crowd. And they have been unable to do so for a year or more. There is an audience that craves the joy of live music. We expect the collision of these two forces to be a joyous release of energy, ”said Farrell Hirsch, CEO of The Muck.

Barbara Morrison is a high octave jazz and blues singer who performs this year at the Muck Annual Jazz Fest 2021. Photo credit: The Muckenthaler

Hirsh described the theme of the festival as “anything is possible”. It highlighted the assortment of renowned and Grammy-winning artists in the lineup, ranging in age from 17 to 87. Acts include jazz and blues singer Barbara Morrison with her 3 1/2 octave scale and Bill Cunliffe with her rendition of Oliver Nelson’s album “Blues and the Abstract Truth, Take 2”.

Each evening the festival will focus on a different genre of jazz with influences from the physical and musical world.

“Think of the bacchanalia that erupted across Europe when the Black Death finally receded. Think of Times Square when it was announced that WWII was over. I think we’re going to touch that same sublime emotion; that our lives are ours again, ”said Hirsh.

Bill Cunliffe and others on stage at The Muck's Jazz Festival 2019.

Bill Cunliffe and others on stage at The Muck’s Jazz Festival 2019. Photo credit: The Muckenthaler

The Muck will follow the most recent Orange Tier guidelines for outdoor sites issued by the State of California. According to Hirsh, the center hopes that by mid-May, the state can reach the yellow level, which will allow for more attendance and a few fewer restrictions.

However, the capacity will be limited. The center will require the wearing of masks and spectators will remain socially distanced. The ticket office will be dematerialized and vaccinations encouraged.

The Jazz Festival will be held at the Muckenthaler Outdoor Amphitheater.

The Jazz Festival will be held at the Muckenthaler Outdoor Amphitheater. Photo credit: Jeremy Yamaguchi

Annual Muck Jazz Festival: Spring 2021 runs from May 13 to June 17 with evening performances from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at The Muck’s open-air amphitheater.

Tickets are on sale now on themuck.org for $ 35 per performance or $ 150 for the season pass which includes six live concerts. Tickets purchased last year for the canceled Spring Jazz Festival 2020 will carry over to this year’s event.

Hirsh expressed the hope that the public will be cooperative and the staff attentive.

“The challenge will be to adjust the expectations, but we have organized live events legally and safely without any incident,” Hirsh assured.

Those interested can get their questions answered or get refunds at [email protected]

Jocelyn Rabadan (she / she) graduated in journalism from Orange, California. In her spare time, she enjoys watching documentaries, keeping a journal and connecting with friends online.

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