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Springfield Jazz & Roots
Saturday August 12| Free
Saturday, August 12, 2017 – 11am – FREE
Downtown Springfield, MA
The Springfield Jazz and Roots Festival is a free event offering music, theater, dance, arts & crafts, educational workshops, and local culinary offerings in the heart of Springfield, Mass. It was created to bring people together and enrich the community through a celebration of jazz and roots music. This year’s Festival will feature trend-setting musicians, revolutionary conversations, workshops, and special initiatives that highlight the unique nature of Springfield and western Massachusetts. Talent lineup includes The Jeremy Turgeon Quintet; Community Grooves, (the faculty band of the Community Music School); the Latin beats of Zaccai Curtis & Insight with vocalist Natalie Fernandez; Springfield native Sarah Elizabeth Charles and her band SCOPE, with special guest trumpeter Christian Scott. Innovative bassist Miles Mosley graces the stage, and is followed by the beautiful sounds of vocalist Lizz Wright. And last but not least, dance the night away to the sounds of Rebirth Brass Band. Special activities include Hoopla Basketball, the New Orleans Youth Brass Band Camp & Second Line Parade, a Local food challenge featuring partnerships with local farms, and a Friday night event: Jazz and Justice, a conversation and concert featuring innovative trumpeter Christian Scott, Charles Neville and Springfield native Sarah Elizabeth Charles.