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GRandJazzFest grooves downtown

August 13, 2015
| By Pat Evans |
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GRandJazzFest fine-tunes festival to two days
The nonprofit GR and Jazz produces GRandJazzFest, a summer festival held in downtown Grand Rapids. Courtesy GRandJazzFest

Rosa Parks Circle will be home to a weekend’s worth of jazz.

The GRandJazzFest is bringing 10 jazz artists to the downtown Grand Rapids park on Saturday and Sunday.

The headline act, The Producers, is comprised of three internationally-acclaimed musicians: Paul Brown, Nate Harasim and Deon Yates.

DTE Energy Foundation is the presenting sponsor.

“GRandJazzFest is one of the most diverse and well-attended events in West Michigan. As a major event, it has established its own name on the jazz scene in Michigan and the Midwest,” said Roger Royer, DTE Energy regional manager. “DTE Energy Foundation is proud to support the diversity and vibrancy that GRandJazzFest brings to downtown. We’ve been so pleased with the past three GRandJazzFests and look forward to the fourth annual event.”

More than 10,000 spectators stopped by the event in 2014.

A variety of other attractions will be available before, during and after the music plays, including a Saturday night after-party at The B.O.B.

The fourth annual GRandJazzFest has something for everyone — a Family Guitar Tent, free face painting for the kids, an After Party at The B.O.B., not to mention all kinds of jazz music. Best of all, GRandJazzFest is free — and the ability to keep the festival free and expand it to include additional activities is thanks to our generous sponsors,” said Audrey Sundstrom, GRandJazzFest founder.

Musical acts

Saturday

Brian Simpson & Jackiem Joyner

Grupo Aye

Mike Frost Project 2.0

Walt Gutowski & The Bridge Street Band

Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra with Edye Evans Hyde

Sunday

Steve Cole

Michael Manson

Bryan Lubeck

Big Band Nouveau

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