GRandJazzFest March 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,
In our first newsletter of 2016, we're excited to officially announce the dates for the FREE 5th annual GRandJazzFest presented by DTE Energy Foundation, to be held Aug. 20 & 21, 2016, 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 to be held April 27 at The B.O.B. 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 5th annual GRandJazzfest! We hope to see you there!

-- The Board of GR and Jazz

GRandJazzFest announces 2016 dates
GRandJazzFest presented by DTE Energy Foundation returns to Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, this Aug. 20 and 21, for the fifth annual festival. The popular family-friendly festival, which attracted more than 10,000 people last year, is West Michigan’s only free, weekend-long jazz festival. The two-day festival will again be 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. 20 and other fun happenings! Stay tuned!

GRandJazzFest lineup to be announced April 27 at H.O.M.E at The B.O.B.

The 2016 festival lineup will be announced on Wednesday, April 27, at the House of Entertainment and Music (H.O.M.E.) at The B.O.B. That night at H.O.M.E., the band Evidence led by saxophonist Michael Doyle takes the stage. Evidence performed at the 2014 GRandJazzFest. Like last year’s reveal, festival organizers will coordinate 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! Enjoy some awesome jazz by Evidence, and be the first to know who's performing at this year's GRandJazzFest! More details to follow in the coming weeks.

Thank you to our sponsors to date!
We are very grateful to our generous sponsors -- they help to make GRandJazzFest a FREE event! Our sponsors to date include DTE Energy Foundation (presenting sponsor), the City of Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM), GR and Jazz, IntentPR, Gilmore Collection, Comcast, Hilger Hammond, Amway Hotel Corporation, Experience Grand Rapids, ICON Sign, Meijer, Moxie Men Incorporated, Hungerford Nichols, WGVU, Steelcase and Clark Hill.

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. There are great options for giving -- you can be a sponsor or donate through our secure PayPal connection. You can learn more and donate here: you for your support! 

Book your hotel now! Amway Grand Plaza offering special rates

The Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in downtown Grand Rapids is offering special rates the weekend of GRandJazzFest! The booking link is (code is JAZZ to access the special rates). With so much going on in Grand Rapids -- including Restaurant Week that same week -- you'll want to make a weekend of it! (Even if you live here in GR!) Check out Experience Grand Rapids' website, which lists all of the great things going on in Grand Rapids. Another great website to check out is GRNow. And, you can get help planning your visit with some suggestions at the Plan Your Visit page on our website.


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