“The music of world-renowned R&B, soul, and jazz artists was supposed to fill the air at Rawhide in Chandler this weekend, courtesy of Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Keith Sweat, Erykah Badu, and other superstars who were scheduled to perform during this year’s Arizona Jazz Festival.
Unfortunately, all there will be is silence as the festival’s promoter unceremoniously canceled the three-day event a week before it was scheduled to occur. And a lot of people of upset about it, not to mention a little perplexed.
Glendale-based promoter BTW Concerts, which has put on the Arizona Jazz Festival for several years, announced on Friday, October 16, on its website that this year’s event was cancelled due to unspecified reasons.
It came as a major disappointment to those who were planning to attend the festival, which was scheduled to take place from Friday, October 23, to Sunday, October 25, and feature performances by a star-studded lineup of R&B, soul, and hip-hop artists, including Edmonds, Badu, and Sweat, as well as The Roots, Jodeci, Blackstreet, Maxwell, Ledisi, Mint Condition, Toni Braxton, and Common.“