I've just posted Part Two of my interview with James Lloyd of Pieces of a Dream. I truly appreciated the opportunity to sit down with him, knowing how busy his schedule was. James was generous is sharing the early days of POAD, What & WHO made him decide to settle down in the Youngstown Ohio area and the changes he's observed in the Music Industry. We are happy to present Piece of a Dream as our Special Guests and are anticipating a Magnificent Show!
The Energy is Building, Our Team is Electrified and the Buzz on the Street is heightening. It is really interesting to think that last year we only had five (5) weeks to prepare. We saw an opportunity and JUMPED on It. This year, what with the extended time and the strengthening of our association with the Mahoning County Visitor's Bureau, The City of Youngstown and YSU how wonderful an event we are planning for you. If you DIG Jazz of various genres and contexts, Harrison Common WILL BE the Only Place to Be!
On March 15th, we'll be announcing all of the Incredible Artists & Bands who'll be setting the evening on fire!
We are so grateful for all of the submissions we received and frankly had an exhausting time narrowing it down to the Fabulous Five we've selected - but of those who are hitting the stage, from the renown to those lesser known, Saturday July 7th WILL BE and Evening you won't soon forget.
Remember, the 2012 Youngstown Jazz Fest is a FREE, Family Friendly Event. If you remember last year, you should be taking every precaution to arrive early to get a good spot, because we are anticipating that those prime spaces will be gone. The Music Begins at 5pm.
Do I sound excited??
Six Days & Counting!
We're rounding third and headed to the stage. All of the Artists are in their final rehearsals and preparing a mesmerizing set just for you! Please See The Schedule Below, But Plan to Enjoy The Whole Show - You Don't Wanna Miss One Act!
Please Note that for the finale, there will be a Huge Jam Session featuring The Artists and Other Notable Musicians from the area to groove you to an incredible conclusion. I do have to place a disclaimer here by saying that the line up may be subject to change but I'm confident that it's gonna flow like fresh water.
Also Remember That Each Artist will be offering their music for sale. Please Support Each or All!
6:00 – PHILLIP K JONES QUARTET
6:45 – ANTOINETTE
7:35 – SAM BLAKESLEE QUARTET
8:15 – CHICO’S QUINTET
9:05 – SOUNDOCTRINE
10:20 – ALL ARTIST JAM FINALE
An Additional Note on The Parking Issue - Remember we did touch on this in a previous blog, but this one is especially for those of you who may be coming to the Jazz Fest directly from The Summer Festival of the Arts:
Harrison Common is located on Walnut Street across from the MVR. All of the streets surrounding Harrison Common will be closed. The best way to get to the Youngstown Jazz Fest is to enter the YSU Wick Avenue deck from Wick Avenue. If you park on the third level there is easy access behind the McDonough Museum of Art and down the steps to Harrison Common. Or, park on the bottom level and easily walk out directly on to Harrison Common. You may also arrive early, attend the Summer Festival of the Arts, walk across Wick Avenue and down the steps along side the McDonough Museum. Watch for the Youngstown Jazz Fest signs directing you.