Dear Friend: The weather is (finally!) starting to warm up and the jazz scene in West Michigan is getting hot-hot-hot! Before we know it, summer will be here -- and with it, the 4th annual GRandJazzFest presented by DTE Energy Foundation! In just a little more than a month, we'll be announcing our lineup of performing artists ... but we've got some fun news in this edition of our GRandJazzFest newsletter to keep you going until then ...
Save the date!
GRandJazzFest is Aug. 15-16, 2015
The 4th annual GRandJazzFest presented by DTE Energy Foundation will be held Aug. 15-16, 2015, at Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. Read the full press release here. Once again, thanks to the incredible generosity of our presenting sponsor and others, the festival will be FREE! We'll be announcing our 2015 lineup this spring! Be sure to check our website, Facebook and Twitter pages for the latest info!
We had a little fun at frozen Rosa Parks Circle
GRandJazzFest organizers took to Rosa Parks Circle in "frozen February" to distribute t-shirts and save-the-date cards to those who were ice-skating there! In just a few short months, this beautiful venue in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, will be the site of the 4th annual GRandJazzFest! #thinksummer #freejazz Oh, yeah!
Fun mentions in the media!
GRandJazzFest and the GR jazz scene have made it in some fun blogs recently. A site called Rukkus listed us and the Rosa Parks Circle venue in The Top 100 Places to See Live Music. And a site called Movoto wrote a fun blog post about the things that no one tells you about leaving (and missing!) Grand Rapids -- and our jazz scene made the list! Cool!
We still need sponsors! GRandJazzFest provides an opportunity to share and showcase your organization's brand among diverse audiences at a free, fresh, family friendly entertainment event! To learn more about sponsorship opportunities and benefits, please visit our website sponsorship page at http://grandjazzfest.org/sponsors/ or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Audrey Sundstrom at 616-617-7720. GRandJazzFest is produced by GR and Jazz, a Grand Rapids-based, volunteer-run, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
Thank you to our 2015 sponsors to date!
Presenting sponsor: DTE Energy Foundation
Diamond-level sponsors: City of Grand Rapids, Gilmore Collection, GR and Jazz, IntentPR
Gold-level sponsors: Moxie Men Incorporated
Silver-level sponsors: Consumers Energy
Bronze-level sponsors: Amway Hotel Corporation, Comcast, Experience Grand Rapids, Meijer, Steelcase, The Geek Group
Friends: Blue Lake Public Radio, ClarkHill, Fancy Faces - Face Painting, Gloria Flanders, Greg and Audrey Sundstrom, Herman Miller Cares, Hungerford Nichols, Kitchen67, Mercantile Bank of Michigan, Old National Bank, Paul and Molly Klimas, Richard and Mary Stevens, Rockford Construction, Swift Printing
Check out The B.O.B.'s website for info on Wednesday night blues and jazz happenings!