GRandJazzFest April 2017 newsletter

Keep the jazz love going.

Jazz calendar: Jazz Near You offers listings of jazz happenings in Michigan ... and right here in West Michigan, there's the West Michigan Jazz Society for the latest goings-on in our region. And, of course, be sure to visit the GRandJazzFest website for updates on the 2016 festival! Jazz is a year-round love-affair in our hometown! 

Watch our video!

Get a taste of what's in store: We're pleased to share our video showcasing highlights from the 5th annual GRandJazzFest. Watch the video here!

Do good! Be a GRandJazzFest sponsor!

It's easy! We have some wonderful sponsorship opportunities for businesses, organizations and individuals. GRandJazzFest provides an opportunity to share and showcase your brand. GRandJazzFest is a free, fresh, family-friendly entertainment event -- one of the major events of the summer! View the 2017 sponsorship brochure here.

Dear Friend,
In our first newsletter of 2017, we're excited to officially announce the dates for the FREE 6th annual GRandJazzFest presented by DTE Energy Foundation -- the fest is Aug. 19 & 20, 2017, at Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan! In this newsletter we recap some of the details. Read the press release announcement here. Check out our official Facebook page, and save the date with our Facebook event page!

As part of our kickoff, we're having a special lineup reveal event on Wednesday, April 26, at H.O.M.E. at The B.O.B. in downtown Grand Rapids. Learn more in the article below! 

Some folks have begun asking us how they can volunteer at this year's fest. We love the enthusiasm! We'll be putting up our volunteer sign-up page on our website toward the end of June. Or, drop us an email at if you want to get involved sooner. 

We're still seeking sponsors to help make GRandJazzFest a FREE event! Details below about how you can help! 

Cheers to the 6th annual GRandJazzfest presented by DTE Energy Foundation! We hope to see you there!

-- The Board of GR and Jazz

GRandJazzFest announces 2017 dates
GRandJazzFest presented by DTE Energy Foundation returns to Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, this Aug. 19 and 20, for the sixth annual festival. The popular family-friendly festival -- West Michigan’s only free, weekend-long jazz festival -- is free because of Presenting Sponsor DTE Energy Foundation, the City of Grand Rapids and other sponsoring organizations and individuals. At this year's festival, 11 diverse jazz artists and bands will perform, including a student jazz band and two major headline acts. Free face painting by Fancy Faces will be available for kids and, if lines aren’t too long, for “kids at heart.” Plus, we're working on plans for an After Party at The B.O.B. on Aug. 19 and other fun happenings! Stay tuned!

Lineup Reveal Party!
GRandJazzFest 2017 lineup to be announced April 26 at H.O.M.E at The B.O.B.

The 2017 festival lineup will be announced on Wednesday, April 26, at the House of Entertainment and Music (H.O.M.E.) at The B.O.B. That night at H.O.M.E., the Steve Hilger Jazz Quartet takes the stage. Steve's band has performed at past GRandJazzFests. Like last year’s reveal, festival organizers have coordinated with leaders at International Jazz Day to include GRandJazzFest’s reveal announcement as a sanctioned International Jazz Day event. The fun starts at 7 p.m. that night (doors open sooner)! Enjoy some awesome jazz and be the first to know who's performing at this year's GRandJazzFest! More details to follow in the coming weeks. Save the date here with our Facebook event page!


Our sponsors make GRandJazzFest a FREE event!
We are very grateful to our generous sponsors -- they help to make GRandJazzFest a FREE event! Here are our sponsors to date for 2017:

Presenting Sponsor
DTE Energy Foundation
Diamond Sponsor
City of Grand Rapids
Gilmore Collection
GR and Jazz
Gold Sponsor
(This could be YOUR business or organization! :-)  

Silver Sponsor
Corporate Live
Grand Rapids Art Museum
Bronze Sponsor
Amway Hotel Corporation
Experience Grand Rapids
Icon Sign
Matt Huizenga Videography
Friends Sponsor
Clark Hill
Fancy Faces
Grand Rapids Community College
Hilger Hammond
Kitchen 67
Rick and Mary Stevens
Rockford Construction
Swift Printing

You can be a sponsor too! 
GR and Jazz, the organization that produces GRandJazzFest, is a volunteer nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. Your financial contribution can help to keep GRandJazzFest a free event for all in our community. We're one of the most diverse, family friendly events in the region. For two years in a row, Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. had named GRandJazzFest a Signature Event -- a distinction reserved for only a few events in our region! There are great options for supporting GRandJazzFest -- you can be a sponsor or donate through our secure PayPal connection. You can learn more and donate here: you for your support! 

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