26th Annual Blues and Jazz Fest kicks off this evening

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The 26th Annual Blues and Jazz Festival kicked off this evening at Frontier Park, and event coordinators say it is shaping up to be a huge success.

Every year, weather permitting, the crowds pack the field near the main stage.  Whether you’re an everyday fan of jazz or you just come out to enjoy the festival, this event has something for everyone. 

Beyond music, there’s dancing, an art show, and so much more.  That’s why so many people come back every year. 

John Vanco, Executive Director Jazz & Blues Fest, says, “People love it.  People have family reunions, class reunions and just, the whole thing is a big reunion. People I don’t see the rest of the year, I see them here.”

Friday afternoon, Squonk Opera kicked off the music and by Saturday, the festival will be in full swing. 

For the first time in 26-years the festival is expanding beyond its original footprint, effectively taking over the entire park.

Bailey Williams, Producer of the Blues & Jazz Festival, says, “This year, we have a few other things. We’ve got the artists at work tent, we have the sustainability village, we’ve got food trucks, we’ve got places to eat with the food trucks up on the other side of the park away from the main stage.”

As the event evolves, organizers hope this expansion will prove successful.  

Vanco says, “It’s been one of the most popular events in the community for years and years… But this expansion is new.”

Saturday, the art and music continues with performances from Bootlegger’s Bible Club, Billy Branch & the Sons of the Blues, and many more. 

For more information and for a schedule of events, go to http://www.erieartsandculture.org/bluesandjazzfest.

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