The 5th annual GRandJazzFest presented by DTE Energy Foundation is a wrap! We hope that you were able to attend this year's GRandJazzFest, held Aug. 20 & 21 at Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan! Mark your calendars for the 6th annual GRandJazzFest to be held Aug. 19 & 20, 2017! Please take our 2016 survey to help us produce an awesome 2017 festival! The link to the survey is below. Also in this newsletter, we have a quick recap of the 2016 fest. Enjoy!
-- The Board of GR and Jazz
We want to make GRandJazzFest the best that it can be -- to do that, we need help from YOU! Please take a few moments to complete our 2016 survey. If you respond by Oct. 16 and provide your email, we'll enter you for a drawing for a goody bag of jazz artists' CDs and a 2016 GRandJazzFest t-shirt! Click here to get started
Festival recap and photos!
GRandJazzFest presented by DTE Energy Foundation
brought 11 diverse jazz performance acts to the Rosa Parks Circle stage in downtown Grand Rapids. Headlining the 5th annual GRandJazzFest was trumpeter Cindy Bradley who drew crowds of people despite the crazy weather earlier in the day. Thank you to the Grand Rapids Art Museum for letting all of us fest organizers and fest goers stay in its basement to ride out the tornados that had been sited in and around Grand Rapids that Saturday afternoon! Although there was a lot of property damage that day all over West Michigan, thank goodness no one was seriously injured in any of the tornados -- and amazingly, Rosa Parks Circle where our festival was held only had a small tent blow over. GRandJazzFest went on without incident afterward and Sunday's weather turned out to be beautiful!
If you missed the fest and want to read about who performed, visit our performers page here
. We've also been uploading photos from the fest to our Flickr site
and you can find more on our Facebook page
. Many thanks to our awesome pro photographer Chris Wilson for taking literally thousands of photos. Check 'em out -- maybe you'll see yourself! Here are just a few ...
Thank you to our awesome volunteers!
Thank you to our fantastic volunteers who helped to set up, distribute event programs, work the merchandise tent and so much more at the 2016 GRandJazzFest! Your support is greatly appreciated!
Thank you to our sponsors!!!
Pictured above: Noble Billingsly of DTE Energy, representing GRandJazzFest presenting sponsor DTE Energy Foundation, introduced the headline act.
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 – ArtPrize, LaughFest and GRandJazzFest. Our sponsors to for 2016 were:
DTE Energy Foundation
Diamond Sponsors- $10,000 +
City of Grand Rapids
GR and Jazz
Intent Public Relations
Silver Sponsors- $5000+
GRAM (Grand Rapids Art Museum)
Bronze Sponsors $2500+
Amway Hotel Corporation
LMCU (Lake Michigan Credit Union)
Matt Huizenga Video Production
Friends of GRandJazzFest $250+
Blue Lake Public Radio
View all sponsors here.
Rob and Shelly Brandt
Eric and Sharai DeLong
Derek Draft, DDS - Grandville Family Dental
Ebony Road Players
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
Steve Hilger and Deborah Richmond
Molly and Paul Klimas
Mark Lewis and Christine Wassenaar
Karen and Fred Meyerson
Michigan First Credit Union
Old National Bank
Queen Bee's Nest
The Secchia Family
Rick and Mary Stevens
Audrey and Greg Sundstrom
And finally, thank you from all of us!
Thank you to everyone who attended the 5th annual GRandJazzFest presented by DTE Energy Foundation! GRandJazzFest is produced by the nonprofit organization GR and Jazz. Here's a photo of the team along with representatives from DTE Energy and headliner Cindy Bradley.
Pictured above: DTE Energy's Scotty Kehoe; GRandjazzFest's Molly Klimas; DTE Energy's Noble Billingsly; GRandJazzFest's Steve Hilger, Rob Brandt and Audrey Sundstrom; GRandJazzFest headline performer Cindy Bradley; GRandJazzFest's Patti Flood, Krista Koster and Desiree Foster.