|Main Street Murfreesboro has confirmed the weekend of May 3-4 for this year’s Main Street JazzFest.
The annual music fest is on pace to once again pack attendees on the Square in Murfreesboro, Tenn. for music, fun and a good time.
The music committee has put its final stamp of approval on a lineup that features regional and local talent including Marcus Finnie Band, Dara Tucker and Quintet, Joe Davidian and Friends, Joe Johnson, and the 129th Army Jazz Band.
Also on tap for Saturday slots are local groups in the form of the Murfreesboro Youth Jazz Orchestra, MTSU Jazz Ensemble I and MTSU Faculty Combo.
On Friday night, area high school bands will be on the bill for what will surely be a jam-packed evening featuring some of the county’s rising talent.
Main Street Murfreesboro Executive Director Kathleen Herzog is excited about this year’s lineup and said “all artists are thrilled to be at this year’s festival.”
Children’s activities will take place on Saturday morning while Jazz After Dark will return after a year hiatus.
For newcomers, Jazz After Dark is a concept to keep the music going into the late hours of the night on the Square. After the final notes hit on the main stage on Saturday, participating restaurants and music venues will feature live jazz acts for the remainder of the night, in an effort to keep the party alive.
JazzFest has been a major player in Rutherford County with the development and education of jazz music among all ages. Since its conception, the pace at which area schools have started jazz bands has increased exponentially.
“This is the quintessential Main Street event. It highlights the Square and great local jazz music while being a family event at the same time,” JazzFest Chair Laura Bohling said.
“It’s the coolest thing to do in in Murfreesboro in May. You get to see friends and make new ones,” Bohling said about why attendees should visit Murfreesboro for the weekend.
The festival will attract thousands of visitors to the Square in Murfreesboro over this two-day span and the event is free for all ages.
Other news regarding additional acts and schedules will be finalized in the coming weeks. For more information on the festival, visit www.mainstreetjazzfest.net.