Big Bear Lake Annual Jazz Trax Summer Music Festival 2013

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The 8th annual Big Bear Lake JazzTrax Summer Music Festival returns June 21- 23, 2013.
The stars of smooth jazz return to the summertime Southern California Mountains.This is one special Jazz Festival at 6,000 feet on lake and a floating stage! The artists perform literally on the lake. The “smoothers” of smooth jazz arrive (that’s the audience!) from all over California for this event and convene on the Hotel Marina Resort Lakeside Lawn. This is a one of a kind music festival in Big Bear, and each year plays to near sold out crowds!

The backdrop to all this grandeur is the pristine alpine setting of Big Bear Lake are of course, the performers. Currently on the line up for summer 2013:

Legendary Producer/Keyboardist GEORGE DUKE
Legendary British Guitarist PETER WHITE
Mr. Groove Saxophonist EUGE GROOVE
Super Legendary BOOKER T JONES and his Hammond B-3 Organ
Booker T & the MG’s Rising Star Sensation NICHOLAS COLE
Chicago Guitarist NICK COLIONNE
Barbados Brewed Saxophonist ELAN TROUTMAN

And special performance Sunday Afternoon:

Unplugged Performance by Guitarist and Scatter Extraordinary STEVE OLIVER

The Big Bear Jazz Festival party goers can stay close to the festival grounds in one of the local Big Bear hotels, or stay in a real luxury rental cabin in Big Bear. Staying close is the key so you can walk into the festival, walk into the Village for restaurants and shops and coffee houses.

Special Lodging, Special Tickets
City Concierge and the JazzTrax producers have created  Big Bear special lodging packages for this event. Discounted all event tickets are available through City Concierge only when purchasing lodging through us. At this time you cannot buy the tickets separately. You must purchase your tickets and lodging together in order to have those discounts.
We’ve got two special prices:

Two day ticket Saturday and Sunday – Save $20.00
One Day Sunday only ticket – Save $10.00*

The Festival itself is on the Lakeside Lawn of the Marina Resort Hotel. After the final note each evening the musical after parties continue at Nottingham’s across the street at the Robin Hood Resort “Notti Girl Bar”.

How to get discount Jazz Trax tickets.
Select your exact seat or table or beach chair on-line without waiting for an operator by visit or by calling 866-Trax Tix, 866-872-9849. But do not pay for them yet. To get your discount, first, you need to call City Concierge to purchase lodging from us and then get your discount codes. So pick out your seats and then call us to book your lodging special and get your cheaper tickets.

Come elevate your smooth jazz this June at the Big Bear Lake JazzTrax Festival above the clouds in the Mountain Resort Village of Big Bear Lake in the summertime Southern California Mountains.
* Sunday only tickets are available without lodging, but you must call to get the discount code! 877-864-6444


The Right Accommodations in Big Bear

Big Bear Cabins

A very luxury rental log cabin in Big Bear

If you live near San Bernardino or in Southern California there is no excuse not to vacation in Big Bear Lake for some rest and relaxation. The mountains are beautiful anytime of the year, and it is the local city goers getaway.  Whether in summer, winter or the quieter spring and fall, Big Bear California is full of things to do.  From skiing to hiking, to fishing to the new crazy sports on the water, the lake and the alpine atmosphere make any vacation, a real vacation.

Hotels are not that prolific in town, so getting a Big Bear vacation cabin rental is the perfect thing to do and has so many more options than regular hotel accommodations. A Big Bear vacation cabin will be unique and may have amenities such as a private hot tub, billiard or game table, and maybe if it is not too remote even internet.  When you rent a Big Bear cabin you can expect that it will come with full linens, towels and are ready to go when you are. You just have to bring the fun!   While it’s always a good idea to inquire what is inside especially if you have your list of things you must have, most are going to be very well equipped.   Big Bear cabin rentals can give you the perfect relaxing break from your busy daily life by giving you so much space to unwind it. They are perfect for couples, families, a weekend getaway or a corporate group bonding trip… anyone looking for something rustic and a place to get away from it all.

Each time you come to visit the Big Bear resort you will find new things to do. Bear Mountain and Snow Summit are the hot places in the winter with endless skiing and snowboarding. During the summer months fishing, hiking and mountain biking are big as are all the outdoor concerts.  Surrounded by unbelievable soaring landscapes, towering trees, the sounds of frogs chirping, the creek side, Big Bear Lake is an unspoiled scenic environment. Your Big Bear vacation rental  could be in the forest, in town, lakefront, or near the quaint village but either way, just be steps from the various outdoor activities. is a good source with  cabin rentals in everybody’s price range

We found that most accommodations in Big Bear are set up to be second homes for the owners and rented when they are not there, so they are comfortable and come with cozy wood burning fireplaces, BBQ grills for patio cooking, or maybe an outdoor Jacuzzi. Many of the Big Bear vacation cabin rentals are both kid friendly and pet friendly. Just look in the amenity list to see if it listed as a pet friendly cabin rental. Unlike hotel lodging, the Big Bear cabins are all unique and so there will be differences in facilities in each rental home or cabin.

If you’re of like mind then staying by the lake is going to be your first priority when you travel in the warmer months and near the ski slopes in the colder months.  The town of Big Bear Lake California is not very big, so unless you’re staying high on a hill, everything is very close.  While the list of activities is endless, we do want to mention that a must do is the drive around the lake.  It takes about an hour to go all the way around and when you get to the other side, do make a stop at the Discovery Center.  I’ll write about that on another post.  Have a fun time and let me know where you stayed and what you did.