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The 4th annual GRandJazzFest presented by DTE Energy Foundation is this weekend, Aug. 15 & 16, at Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids! The fest has something for everyone. We're talking all kinds of jazz music -- from big band to Latin to contemporary and more -- plus dancing, face painting for the kids, a Family Guitar Tent, an After Party at The B.O.B. and much more. Best of all, GRandJazzFest is FREE! 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. 15. The fest goes until about 10 p.m. that night and then continues Sunday, Aug. 16, starting at 1 p.m. Download the complete schedule here.
Headline act: Nate Harasim, Paul Brown and Deon Yates.
Ten great performance acts - plus, vocalist Melina is added to headline act
This Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 15 and 16, GRandJazzFest presented by DTE Energy Foundation brings 10 diverse jazz performance acts to the Rosa Parks Circle stage in downtown Grand Rapids at West Michigan’s only free, weekend-long jazz festival. This year’s headline act brings together three internationally acclaimed musicians – Paul Brown and Nate Harasim with special guest Deon Yates – under the billing “The Producers.” Anchored by veteran contemporary guitarist and Grammy-Award-winner Paul Brown from California, the trio is high-energy jazz.
The headliners just announced that emerging artist Melina will perform with them at GRandJazzFest. The San Antonio, Texas-based singer emerged on the national stage after several years of headlining festivals and clubs in her hometown. “It’s always a thrill to discover new talent,” Paul Brown said. “When it comes to vocalists, it’s rare to find someone like Melina … she has a voice that’s seriously as big as Texas!”
The complete 4th annual GRandJazzFest performance lineup:
- Saturday night headliner: Paul Brown & Nate Harasim (“The Producers”) with special guest Deon Yates and vocalist Melina
- Sunday night headliner: Steve Cole
- Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra with Edye Evans Hyde
- Walt Gutowski & The Bridge Street Band
- Mike Frost Project 2.0
- Grupo Ayé
- Brian Simpson and Jackiem Joyner
- Big Band Nouveau
- Bryan Lubeck
- Michael Manson
Read about all of our 2015 performers here: http://grandjazzfest.org/performers/
Check out the schedule here: http://grandjazzfest.org/schedule/
Get to the fest contest! Win a GRandJazzFest t-shirt!
How will you #GETTOTHEFEST ???
There are great ways to get downtown besides the good old auto! Why not set out to explore other convenient options that invite you to learn and see more of our great city! For example: riding the bus, riding your bike, walking ... and we're making it even more fun with a contest! Post your pics of you taking alternative transportation -- for example, riding The Rapid: Transit Authority for the Grand Rapids metro area's Silver Line -- or bicycle riding to the fest -- with the hashtag #gettothefest. We'll pick a winner on Aug. 16 for most creative photo! Post your photo on our Facebook page. Be sure to use the #gettothefest hashtag! Winner gets a 2015 GRandJazzFest t-shirt! smile emotic Plus, we've got some free bottled water for bike riders -- and, thanks to the Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition, we will have bike racks to stow and self-lock bikes at Rosa Parks Circle. Learn more about different transportation options -- and other fun stuff to help you plan your GRandJazzFest visit -- at http://grandjazzfest.org/plan-your-visit/
Family Guitar Tent and guitar giveaway!
We're excited to announce the addition of a Family Guitar Tent at this year's fest where people can try out different types of guitars and meet GRandJazzFest performer and Spanish guitarist Bryan Lubeck. Kids and families can visit the tent in between musical acts to learn about guitars, jam-meet the artist and put their name in for a drawing for a guitar -- there will be two drawings and winners will be announced on Saturday and Sunday of the festival. The winners must be present to win. Thank you to Bryan and to Cordoba Guitars and Godin Guitars for bringing this awesome opportunity to GRandJazzFest!
Face painting for the kids - and it's free!
The kids can get their faces painted for free by Fancy Faces Face Painting! We'll have two face-painting artists Rosa Parks Circle this year!
What to bring
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, 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: http://www.experiencegr.com/restaurants/restaurant-week/.
Also: Bring your smart phone if you have one – GRandJazzFest has launched a new mobile website, which makes it easy to find the fest schedule and more. Plus, you’ll want to take photos while you’re at the fest!
Location and parking for if you drive
GRandJazzFest is 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.Check out this downtown map for parking locations: http://bit.ly/1K4B2c3. This web page by Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. also has helpful parking info: http://beta.downtowngr.org/get/parking.
Make a weekend of it!
The Amway Grand Plaza Hotel is offering a special GRandJazzFest rate of $149/night available for Friday, Aug. 14, Saturday, Aug. 15, and Sunday, Aug. 16. It’s a great rate in an ideal location just steps away from GRandJazzFest at Rosa Parks Circle. Book your room before they’re gone — there are a number of other events going on in Grand Rapids the same weekend! Book your visit with the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel here. More ways to plan your visit are at http://grandjazzfest.org/plan-your-visit/
Also - 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. GOSite has set up an exhibit that explores some of Grand Rapids’ storied jazz history!
The Amway Grand Plaza Hotel is offering a special deal.
Join us for an After Party on Saturday, Aug. 15
The B.O.B. hosts an After Party after our headline act closes up the first night of GRandJazzFest on Aug. 15. Located at 20 Monroe Ave. NW, The B.O.B. is just steps away from Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids. We’ll keep the jazz love going out this awesome nightclub and entertainment venue! Mike Frost Project 2.0 -- one of our 2015 performance acts -- serves up the jazz-and-jam session, taking you into the night with great music! Enjoy $6, three-topping wood-fired pizzas in The B.O.B.'s Brewery! And there's a chance to win a dining tour of the nine Gilmore Collection restaurants (a $400 value). Be sure to join the fun!
The fun continues at The B.O.B. with an After Party, Saturday, Aug. 15, starting around 10 p.m.!
Check out our new website and mobile site!
The world's gone mobile, and so have we! We've launched a brand-new website that includes a mobile-optimized site for smart phones. It's easier than ever to connect with GRandJazzFest! Visit us online at www.grandjazzfest.org! Many thanks to the great team at MoxieMen Incorporated that built our new sites!
A view of our new mobile site!
GRandJazzFest is FREE because of our generous sponsors!
GRandJazzFest is FREE because of our generous sponsors. We are so grateful! Thank you! Cheers to a great fest!
DTE Energy Foundation
City of Grand Rapids
Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. (DGRI)
GR and Jazz
Amway Hotel Corporation
Experience Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids-Kent County CAA-CIG
Lake Michigan Credit Union
The Geek Group
To see the list of Friends of GRandJazzFest, please visit http://grandjazzfest.org/sponsors/