Making Music in the Meadow… The 34th Annual Flint Jazz Festival breezes into town August 14-16!

Tiempo Libre during one of its performances.

Tiempo Libre during one of its performances.

FLINT — The show must go on! Despite the fact that Riverbank Park is closed this summer for renovations, the legendary Flint Jazz Festival will have downtown Flint swinging once again in a new, cool hot spot…the Meadow located on the campus of the Flint Cultural Center.

“When we found out Riverbank Park was going to be unavailable, we went to work to find a suitable venue,” explained Greg Fiedler, President and CEO of the Greater Flint Arts Council. “We were ecstatic to relocate to the Meadow on the campus of the Flint Cultural Center…it’s perfect! The grass is plush and the magnificent trees will provide plenty of shade to help festival goers stay cool in the hot August sun.”

For your ultimate comfort, Fiedler encourages those attending to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Seating will not be provided.

“Come early to choose your spot. Oh, and come hungry” smiles Fiedler. “No outside food or beverages are allowed, but we will have a wide variety of vendors on hand to please your palate and enhance the entire experience.”

And what an experience it promises to be!

Headlining Aug. 14 will be Grammy Award Nominee Najee. Known for his smooth jazz sound, Najee has recorded and toured extensively with world famous artists such as Chaka Khan, Freddie Jackson, Patti Labelle, Marcus Miller, Herbie Hancock and more.

On Aug. 15, the Delfeayo Marsalis Quintent will take center stage. A member of the famous Marsalis musical family, Delfeayo was born in New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz and is one of the top trombonists, composers and producers in the genre today.

Closing out the three day-jam fest on Sunday will be Tiempo Libre, one of the hottest Latin bands in the industry. This Grammy-nominated Afro- Caribbean music group is celebrated for its sophisticated and exhilarating mix of jazz harmonies, contemporary sonorities and seductive Latin rhythms.

“It’s three days of the best live music you’ll hear all summer,” promises Fiedler. “You really need to show up on Friday and spend the entire weekend with us!”

Performances are scheduled to start on Friday at 5 p.m. and at 2 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. (Please see the attached Jazz Festival brochure or visit for the complete list of performers.)

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

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