Prairie Village preparing for return of Jazz Fest this September after pandemic cancellation in 2020

Jazz Fest 2019

Jazz Fest, Prairie Village's annual jazz music festival, is back in 2021 after taking a year off in 2020 due to COVID-19. Above, a photo from the city's Jazz Fest 2019. Photo courtesy Ashley Freburg.

After the pandemic forced cancelation of the event last year, Prairie Village is gearing up for the return of Jazz Fest — the music festival that draws hundreds of jazz lovers from across the metro to Harmon Park each year.

The city’s Jazz Fest committee has been planning the Sept. 11 event since January 2020 said Meghan Buum, Prairie Village assistant city administrator.

Jazz Fest 2019
Meghan Buum, Prairie Village assistant city administrator, said the Jazz Fest committee is eager to share jazz music with the community at the 2021 event on Sept. 11. Above, a band performs at Jazz Fest 2019. Photo courtesy Ashley Freburg.

Although it’s been “challenging to predict the evolving state of public health, vaccination rates and other items” in advance, Buum said the committee had a decade’s worth of successful festivals as guidance. Now, Buum said the committee is eager to bring the annual festival back to Harmon Park at 77th Street and Mission Road.

“The committee is excited to share world class jazz music with friends and neighbors, and gather as a community after a year where togetherness was so severely lacking,” Buum said in an email to the Post.

Still, Buum said community safety is the top priority, and city staff will monitor the state of public health to adapt the plan as needed. Jazz Fest is a ticketed event, and therefore crowd size can be controlled if necessary, Buum said.

The lineup

Here is a look at the musical talent the committee has secured for the 2021 event:

Music isn’t the only thing planned for the annual event, though. The Jazz Fest committee also secured several food trucks planning to be offering their fare at the event, including the following: