Erykah Badu headlined the opening night of the Riverfront Jazz Festival 2017 held at the Texas Horse Park in south Dallas on Friday, Sept. 1, 2017. The three-day festival was presented by The Black Academy of Arts and Letters Inc.

Erykah Badu headlined the opening night of the Riverfront Jazz Festival 2017 held at the Texas Horse Park in south Dallas on Friday, Sept. 1, 2017. The three-day festival was presented by The Black Academy of Arts and Letters Inc.

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The Riverfront Jazz Festival has moved to The Black Academy of Arts and Letters at the Dallas Convention Center in downtown Dallas.

TBAAL founder Curtis King inaugurated the festival in 2017 at Texas Horse Park. The change in location was announced via email on Tuesday night.

Set times were announced in July; Erykah Badu is set to close out the first night starting at 9 p.m. Aug. 31. There will also be performances after the stages are over at hotels in the area, including the Richmond Punch Jazz Trio at the Hilton Anatole, Martha Burks at Fairmont and Jaisun Williams and Company at AC Hotel by Marriott on Sept. 1-2.

The Black Academy of Arts and Letters is located at 1309 Canton St., Dallas.

Previously: The Riverfront Jazz Festival will return for its second edition on Labor Day Weekend.

Curtis King, the founder of The Black Academy of Arts and Letters, started the festival in 2017, with the goal of providing a world-class event for a world-class city. As it was last year, the festival will be across the fall holiday weekend, which is Friday, Aug. 31, to Sunday, Sept. 2.

Acts will perform on three stages at Texas Horse Park (811 Pemberton Hill, Dallas). Erykah Badu will perform on the main jazz stage, reprising her role as the headliner for the opening night. 

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"I'm glad to have been a part of the inaugural festival in my hometown," Badu said on the festival website. "I'm looking forward to the 2018 Festival!"

Tickets range from $55 to $125, with a three-day pass for $145. After the music dies down at the park, there will be an official after-party at TBAAL at a cost of $10.

Funk, soul, jazz and R&B will be well-represented by well-known talent. Scheduled performers include Kenny Lattimore; Dee Dee Bridgewater; Bobby Rush; Hiroshima; Julio Iglesias Jr.; Dianne Schuur; Rachelle Ferrell; Micki Howard; Sir Charles; Rahsaan Patterson; Lalah Hathaway; and Tito Puente Jr.

The action doesn't stop there. There will be plenty of food, drink and vendors. Rain or shine. 

Keep up with developments at tbaalriverfrontjazzfestival.org.

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