35th Annual Flint Jazz Festival coming Aug. 12-14

A look back at the 34th Annual Flint Jazz Festival.

A look back at the 34th Annual Flint Jazz Festival.

FLINT – Bring your blanket and boogie over to The Meadow on the campus of the Flint Cultural Center! One of the nation’s longest running jazz festivals is scheduled to swing our town Aug. 12-14 and you won’t want to miss it.

“It’s hard to believe this is our 35th Annual,” admits Greg Fiedler, President and CEO of the Greater Flint Arts Council. “And what’s really amazing is that every year, the level of excitement and entertainment manages to hit all the high notes!”

The plush grass and magnificent trees of The Meadow provide plenty of shade to help festival goers stay cool, but for your ultimate comfort, Fiedler suggests you bring lawn chairs, cushions and blankets. Seating is not provided.

“Just so you know, we don’t allow outside food or beverages” informs Fiedler. “We ask that people support our vendors on-site, so they will be able to afford to serve us in the coming years.”

Kicking off the three-day jazz fest on Aug. 12 will be British jazz and rock keyboardist Brian Auger on the Hammond B3.

Headlining on Saturday evening is Christian Sands, a Steinway-sponsored artist and three-time Grammy Nominee.

Wrapping it up on Sunday, clarinet sensation Dave Bennett puts his exclamation mark on the weekend of jazz playing in the “swing style” of Benny Goodman.

“From beginning to end, it is absolutely the best live music you’ll hear all summer!;” smiles Fiedler. “You cannot find finer musicians anywhere.”

Performances are scheduled to start on Friday at 5 p.m. and at 2 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.

Admission for Friday is $5, which includes a weekend pass. Admission is $3 per day for Saturday and Sunday.

The annual Flint Jazz Festival is produced by Greater Flint Arts Council and is made possible by generous funding from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the William G. and Katherine S. Huber Fund, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, Mott Community College, National Endowment for the Arts (Art Works), and more.

The Flint Parade of Festivals is a marketing program of the Greater Flint Arts Council, made possible by a generous grant from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.

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