ColaJazz Fest returns Sept. 24 – 25 featuring local and national musicians

August 15, 2022
  • Saturday, Sept. 24, 6 – 10 p.m. at the State Museum
  • Sunday, Sept. 25, 1 – 8 p.m. at the Hampton-Preston Mansion and Gardens

Brought to you by the 2021 Governor Award-winning ColaJazz Foundation (ColaJazz), the fifth annual ColaJazz Fest takes place Saturday, Sept. 24, and Sunday, Sept. 25. Named the Free Times’ Best Annual Music Event two years in a row (2021 and 2022), the ColaJazz Fest fall edition is an exciting weekend celebrating local and national jazz stars alike.

Saturday night’s gala features two intimate concerts inside the main lobby of the South Carolina State Museum. Tickets are $50 per person for general admission and $85 for VIP. Sunday’s all-day event is $20 per person and features five bands, food trucks and more. The music ranges from blues, Latin, gypsy, swing, fusion, groove to straight-ahead jazz. Tickets are available at

“ColaJazz has an inspiring partnership with the State Museum that includes engaging videos and programming,” says Mark Rapp, executive director, ColaJazz. “Our new partnership with Historic Columbia furthers our collective reach and effectiveness in serving our diverse communities. These partnerships are a fantastic enhancement to our ever-growing jazz outreach and programming efforts. Supporting local artists and enriching our capital city with a stellar ColaJazz Fest weekend exemplifies our collective belief in each other, our artists and our city.”

“We are thrilled to host ColaJazz Fest this fall,” says State Museum Executive Director Amy Bartow-Melia. “ColaJazz has been a proud partner of ours for years, and the State Museum is excited to provide a space to celebrate local and national jazz musicians.”


About the ColaJazz Foundation

Founded in 2014 by Mark Rapp, the ColaJazz Foundation (ColaJazz) is dedicated to growing, supporting and promoting jazz in the Midlands through events, education, recordings, resources and advocacy. A Governor Award-winning, community-minded 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, ColaJazz brings world-renowned jazz educators and performers face to face with students and the public offering diverse and exciting experiences. ColaJazz produces an annual season of programs and events including the ColaJazz Summer Camp, ColaJazz Fest, Live in the Lobby (Koger Center for the Arts), ColaJazz Presents (South Carolina Public Radio), Rapp on Jazz (South Carolina Public Radio), after-school curriculum, and more. For more information, visit