JazzFest hits Old Town this weekend
By Shauna Stocken
Days before the streets of Old Town are blocked off for Lansing’s 24th annual JazzFest, a record number of guests is already anticipated.
“We’re already getting a big response on social media, and the weather is going to be great,” said Tina Miller, director of marketing with MessageMakers, a founding sponsor of JazzFest. “We’re looking at a very large crowd, and we’re very excited about that.”
The event, which has averaged around 5,000 guests in past years, will be held this Friday and Saturday, Aug. 3 and 4 at the intersection of Turner Street and Chavez Avenue (formerly Grand River Avenue) in Old Town.
“This is a free event; there is an entry fee for the Turnaround Lounge,” Miller said. “With that fee, (guests) get a $10 wristband that is good for both days.”
The wristbands will allow guests access to the beverage tent and the private Turnaround Lounge Stage.
For festival guests with children, there will be a musical petting zoo on Saturday inside the Old Town shop, “Mother and Earth.”
“The kids can touch the instruments and play the instruments and really get a feel for all these different instruments from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday,” Miller said.
Along with jazz performers and a dance number by Happendance, visitors can also anticipate a new and interesting music workshop held in Sir Pizza on the Grand Café, Miller said.
“It’s a place for community gathering to meet friends … and it’s really a collective piece of music and art and community gathering,” Miller said of JazzFest.
For a complete list of vendors, sponsors and musicians, check JazzFest on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, or by visiting the website at http://jazzlansing.com/