GRandJazzFest July 2016 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 4th 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 2016 sponsorship brochure here.
Dear Friend,

The 5th annual GRandJazzFest presented by DTE Energy Foundation is just a month away! We're excited to share this latest newsletter with you! Inside, you'll find tips for planning your visit to GRandJazzFest, how to volunteer, the performance lineup and more! The 5th annual GRandJazzFest presented by DTE Energy Foundation is Aug. 20 & 21 at Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. We hope to see you there!

-- The Board of GR and Jazz 

Volunteer for GRandJazzFest! 

Volunteer for GRandJazzFest presented by DTE Energy Foundation! It's great fun, you'll get a free GRandJazzFest t-shirt, food catered by Gilmore Collection in our food tent and plenty of cold bottled water -- all while enjoying West Michigan's awesome jazz festival! It's easy to sign up -- go to and choose how you'd like to help!

Cindy Bradley headlines the 5th annual GRandJazzFest presented by DTE Energy Foundation

GRandJazzFest presented by DTE Energy Foundation has announced the performance lineup for the fifth annual festival being held Saturday, Aug. 20, and Sunday, Aug. 21, at Rosa Parks Circle in Grand Rapids. Eleven diverse acts are on tap for West Michigan’s only free, weekend-long jazz festival. The lineup:
  • Saturday night headliner / main headline act: Cindy Bradley
  • Sunday night headliner: Chris Standring
  • Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra with Edye Evans Hyde
  • Organissimo 
  • Tumbao Bravo
  • Steve Hilger 
  • Tim Bowman
  • Student Showcase band – Bierenga-Sullivan Quintet
  • Lakeshore Big Band
  • Urban Jazz Coalition
  • Walter White
More information on the 5th annual GRandJazzFest presented by DTE Energy Foundation can be found at, and at the festival’s Facebook and Twitter sites – and

Plan your visit!

The 5th annual GRandJazzfest presented by DTE Energy Foundation will have something for everyone! We’re talking all kinds of jazz music – from big band to Latin to contemporary – plus dancing, face painting for the kids and much more! Best of all, GRandJazzFest is free! Here are some suggestions for attending this popular family-friendly music festival being held Aug. 20 &21, 2016, at Rosa Parks Circle in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids.

Make a weekend of it! The Amway Grand Plaza Hotel is offering special rates the weekend of GRandJazzFest. This beautiful hotel, with a contemporary tower along the Grand River and a classic historic section located at Monroe and Pearl avenues, is just steps away from Rosa Parks Circle where GRandJazzFest takes place. Book your visit with the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel at

The nightly rate for Aug. 19, 20 and 21 is $159. The Group Code is JAZZ.

Book your room before they’re gone – there are a number of other events going on in Grand Rapids the same weekend!

For additional local hotel information, please visit Hotels within walking distance of Rosa Parks Circle:

  • Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
  • City Flats Hotel
  • Courtyard by Marriott Downtown
  • Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Downtown
  • JW Marriott Grand Rapids


Get there early – especially if you love big band music. Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra with Edye Evans Hyde kicks off the festival, which starts at noon on Saturday, Aug. 20. The fest goes until about 10 p.m. that night and then continues Sunday, Aug. 21, starting at 1 p.m. and going until about 9 p.m.

Plan your trip with Pure Michigan!

Check out GOSite when you’re in town (or online). The GOSite is an innovative, fun and welcoming place for visitors and locals alike to find and share information about Grand Rapids. GOSite is locate in the northwest corner of the Grand Rapids Art Museum, which is adjacent Rosa Parks Circle.



GRandJazzFest will be held at Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. Rosa Parks Circle is located at 135 Monroe Center NW, Grand Rapids, MI  49503. You can find Rosa Parks Circle on Google Maps.

Pedal to the fest!

A bike rack provided by the Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition will be at the Rosa Parks Circle venue so you can stow and self-lock your bike. Bike riders will receive a ticket for a free bottle of water from the main festival tent when they stow their bike at the corral.

If you’re riding your bike, here are some helpful links:

Walk to the fest!

Why not?! Depending on how close you live to downtown, it’s a great way to get around! And why not walk around downtown while you’re here? Info on self-guided walking tours can be found at

Ride the bus!

The Rapid, the Grand Rapids metro area’s bus transit provider, has easy routes to get you downtown fast. Get there even faster with The Rapid’s Silver Line. More on routes and rates at

Parking for if you drive

Check out this downtown map for parking locations: This web page by Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. also has helpful parking info:


Bring lawn chairs, mini-coolers if you want, and sunscreen – the venue is a sunny, open area with some shady areas around the perimeter. The fest’s main tent will have bottled water for sale, the adjacent Grand Rapids Art Museum will be featuring a special refreshment area, and there are plenty of places surrounding Rosa Parks Circle to grab a quick bite and beverage. Plus, it’s Restaurant Week during GRandJazzFest! Learn more here:

Also: Bring your smart phone if you have one – GRandJazzFest's website is mobile-optimized, which makes it easy to find the fest schedule and more. Plus, you’ll want to take photos while you’re at the fest! And you'll be able to take our online survey with your phone to help us keep producing great fests (there's free wifi at Rosa Parks Circle via iserv, compliments of The City of Grand Rapids).


Face painting for the kids

The kids can get their faces painted for free by Fancy Faces! Face-painting artists will be at two locations at Rosa Parks Circle.

Join the After Party!

Keep the jazz love going by stopping by The B.O.B. – just a block away from Rosa Parks Circle – for the GRandJazzFest After Party on Saturday, Aug. 20! Steve Hilger and other jazz performers welcome all for a jazz jam session! The party takes place in The B.O.B.’s Brewery, located on the lower level. Bring your GRandJazzFest event program with you to get into The B.O.B. that night with no cover charge! The club is featuring $6 wood-fired pizzas that night – and enter to win the chance for a gift card to Gilmore Collection restaurants ($400 value)! Jazz, pizza, beer, fun! If you're 21 or older, join in!


GRandJazzFest 2016 is a DGRI Signature Event!

Thank you to our sponsors to date!
We are very grateful to our generous sponsors – they help to make GRandJazzFest a FREE event! We're very pleased to be a Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. (DGRI) Signature Event for the second year in a row. This distinction is given to just a few events in our community – currently, ArtPrize, LaughFest and GRandJazzFest. Our sponsors to date include:

Presenting Sponsor
DTE Energy Foundation
Diamond Sponsors- $10,000 +
City of Grand Rapids
Gilmore Collection
GR and Jazz
Intent Public Relations
Michigan Lottery
Silver Sponsors- $5000+
Corporate Live
GRAM (Grand Rapids Art Museum)

Bronze Sponsors $2500+
Amway Hotel Corporation
Consumers Energy
Experience GR
Icon Sign
LMCU (Lake Michigan Credit Union)
Matt Huizenga Video Production
MoxieMen Incorporated
Friends of GRandJazzFest $250+

Blue Lake Public Radio
Rob and Shelly Brandt
Clark Hill
Eric and Sharai DeLong
Derek Draft, DDS - Grandville Family Dental
Ebony Road Players
Ellis Parking
Fancy Faces
Gloria Flanders
Patti and Jim Flood
Forest Hills Financial
Desiree and Robert Foster
Barbara and Sandy Freed
Grand Rapids Community College
Grand Rapids-Kent County Convention Arena Authority
Herman Miller Cares
Hilger Hammond
Steve Hilger and Deborah Richmond
Hungerford Nichols
Kitchen 67
Molly and Paul Klimas
Krista Koster
Mark Lewis and Christine Wassenaar
Karen and Fred Meyerson
Michigan First Credit Union
Old National Bank
Queen Bee's Nest
Rockford Construction
The Secchia Family
Rick and Mary Stevens
Audrey and Greg Sundstrom
Swift Printing

View all sponsors here

You can be a sponsor too! 
GR and Jazz, the organization that produces GRandJazzFest, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, volunteer-run organization. Your financial sponsorship can help to keep GRandJazzFest a FREE event for all in our community. Learn more at you for your support! 

Or donate!
If you're an individual (as opposed to a company) and would prefer to make a smaller contribution, that's great too
every donation helps to keep GRandJazzFest a FREE event in our community. You can donate to GR and Jazz, a 501(c) nonprofit organization, through our secure PayPal connection. Learn more and donate via Thank you for your support! 

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