The Main Street JazzFest has confirmed dates for this year’s festival with many new plans on the horizon.
Taking place May 6-7 on the Square in downtown Murfreesboro, the music committee has wrapped up a lineup that crosses many styles of jazz consisting of Chester Thompson, El Movimiento, 3rd Coast Vocals, Jerry Tachoir Group, Jazz Guardians plus the MTSU Jazz Ensemble and the MTSU Faculty Jazz Ensemble.
There will also be several high school and middle school bands in attendance as well for the festivities along with Music City Swing and Jazzmin from Belmont University.
“I’m excited because things are coming together nicely for this year’s festival,” Main Street Murfreesboro Director Kathleen Herzog said.
“The bands are diverse, regional and full of talent. I love the talent in Middle Tennessee.”
One of the new accompaniments this year will be Jazz After Dark – a nightcap of jazz music that will extend into participating restaurants and venues after the initial music from JazzFest ends on Saturday night.
One of the participating restaurants will be Maple Street Grill who has booked Mood Swing Jazz Quartet for the night of Saturday, May 7.
“I’m excited to have an opportunity to keep people on the Square,” Maple Street Grill owner Mike Zelenak said.
“It’s a great idea since people are already motivated to listen to jazz music.”
In addition to the music, there will be several food vendors and an enhancement with the food court and children’s activities in the Kids Alley. Alongside this, the Garden Mart will be back again where vendors will be offering art and accessories for the garden.
JazzFest has also received a revamped logo this year from designer Shane Read. With a bold purple and black color scheme backed against the courthouse and musicians, it represents a modern feel with traditional flair.
The new logo will be adorned on T-shirts for the event among other promotional material.