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Downtown Scranton is the place to be this weekend, especially if you love jazz.

The sixth annual Scranton Jazz Festival kicks off Friday night.

Thousands of music fans are expected and businesses are ready to welcome them to the Electric City.

If you are looking to stay at the Hilton in downtown Scranton, you won’t be able to get a room. The manager said the place is booked this weekend.

A manager at the nearby Radisson said it will also be hard to get a room there this weekend.

“We are booked up on Saturday, Friday we have 15 rooms and Sunday too, that’s great compared to last year and the year before,” said worker Sameer Ali.

The festival includes a jazz walk, featuring live music at downtown bars and other businesses.

The owner of the Cigar Club on Spruce Street will be part of the event. He said the jazz festival is one of his busiest weekends of the year.

“I’d say a 10 to 20 percent increase of business. It’s kind of like fine wine and jazz and a good cigar it mixes very well with jazz,” said Peter Castelline.

The owner of 130 Brixx Grille and Tavern on North Washington Avenue doesn’t know what to expect. This is his first year participating in the festival, and he is getting his staff ready in hopes of a big crowd.

“We are hoping that they come in and do spend money and from what I understand it’s a lot of out of town money, again coming into our area, our area is so inexpensive compared to the bigger cities, in anticipation of that that they will spend a little more money,” said John Kerzetski.

Scranton’s Jazz Festival starts Friday night and runs through Sunday.

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