Akron’s Got the Blues – and Jazz and Funk at Big Annual Fest

Thu 8/23-Sun 8/26

The Rubber City comes alive with four days of Jazz & Blues Festival.

Festivities for the third annual fest, for which the theme is “The Rhythms of Akron,” open Thursday at 7pm with a meet-and-greet, followed by a jam session with the Theron Brown Trio at Blu Jazz+.

On Friday, George Foley Power Lunch jams at the Akron Public Library, followed by Justin Kauflin’s documentary film Keep on Keepin’ On. A Q & A takes place after the screening. Also on Friday at the library, listen to Piano Palooza Jam with Jackie Warren, Joe Hunter, Dave Thomas and Theron Brown. Once again, Blu Jazz+ opens its doors with Nathan-Paul Davis and the Admirables Friday Funk.

Saturday sounds begin at noon at the Akron Art Museum, then you can hop on over to the library for another Piano Palooza. And if parades are you thing, check out the procession from Maiden Lane to Lock 3 with Cold City Brass piping the way. Note: You may have a hard time deciding what to do between noon and parade time Saturday, because other venues like High St. Hope House and Musica also open their doors for about half a dozen live acts.

Sunday completes the festivities with Burning Bush Church’s live performances at 3pm. Admission is free.


[Written by Lucy McKernan]

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