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If you've been wondering and waiting when news about the Lexus Smooth Jazz Fest would be announced, the wait is OVER! It's time to make your plans for a Smooth Jazz experience like no other. Tickets are on sale now! You can make your reservations with our exclusive Accommodations Partner... the Embassy Suites Hotel as well.

Online accessibility is now active for purchasing your tickets! Just click on Buy Tickets and you're on your way to the commonwealth of Kentucky's destination for Smooth Jazz.

Thank you again for you patience, understanding, but above all support during this impasse. It means a great deal to us and our efforts to make a difference in the arts, our community and its future!

Stay tuned for more information and updates on this page as well as through the communications channels of our promotional partners.

Forum News

November 27
21st annual event is "Back In Stride Again!"
November 27, 2013 (Lexington, Kentucky) The African American Forum, Inc. (AAF) is pleased to announce that the 21st Annual African American Ball (AAB) will be presented on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at the Hilton Lexington/Downtown, which has been designated the Official Host Hotel for this regional event held annually that celebrates art, culture and entertainment from the African American Experience. more

July 24
The African American Forum is proud to present the 6th Annual Lexus Smooth Jazz Fest
The African American Forum, Inc. (AAF) is proud to present the 6th Annual Lexus Smooth Jazz Fest featuring Alex Bugnon and Special Guests Cindy Bradley and Nelson Rangell. The event will take place on Saturday, August 10; Gates open at 5:30 pm; and the concert begins at 7:30 pm. The African American Forum is pleased that Transylvania University will once again play host to this regional event held annually that celebrates contemporary American Jazz, complemented by fine cuisine and Kentucky culture. more

July 15
Official Host Hotel and Accommodations Partner
The Hilton Lexington/Downtown is pleased to be the Official Host Hotel and exclusive Accommodations Partner of the 2013 6th Annual Lexus Smooth Jazz Fest. more