(Murfreesboro, TN) The historic square in downtown Murfreesboro was quiet on the opening night of JazzFest. Due to the forecast of impending inclement weather earlier in the day, organizers decided to move opening night to Central Magnet School on East Main Street.
Saturday’s events are set to continue with the Rutherford County Courthouse as the backdrop for the event.
Main Street JazzFest, the annual springtime celebration held the first weekend in May in Murfreesboro’s historic downtown plaza, has announced the artists for its 2022 music lineup on its 25th anniversary. The free outdoor event continues to be one of the most popular annual activities for all ages in Rutherford County.
Saturday’s musical repertoire will begin with five college bands starting at 10:00 a.m., including Blackman, Oakland, Rockvale, Rocky Fork and St. Rose. MTSU Jazz Ensemble 1 performs at 1:30 p.m., then activities shift to the Arts Center from 2-3 p.m. with the traditional Jazz Clinic 101 led this year by Karl Wingruber, a multi-talented local jazz musician and teacher. This free indoor clinic is open to all ages and will include an interactive, up-close and personal look at jazz music.
Professional artists take the stage at 3:00 p.m. with the famous jug band, known for their early 1900s blues sounds JAKE LEG STOMPERS. For more than 18 years, this group has released four albums, played at festivals in the Mid-South, including the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival 2022.
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THANE SHEARON & FRIENDS perform at 4:30 p.m. with their soul-blues-meets-jazz ensemble. Classically trained, Lassiter is considered by many to be one of Nashville’s finest jazz guitarists.
6:00 p.m. brings on stage the artist recently inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, BEN TANKARD, the “godfather of gospel-jazz”. Also, a former professional basketball player, pastor, motivational speaker, record company CEO, and TV star with the hit family reality show Thicker Than Water: The Tankards. .
At 7:30 p.m., a diverse group of Nashville musicians bring their love of big band music to THE ESTABLISHMENT, an ensemble dedicated to performing a wide range of jazz orchestra music. This group of 20 musicians will certainly make the public dance!
Closing JazzFest at 9:00 p.m. is the Tennessee-based HIGHER GROUND BAND, influenced by funk, hip-hop, R&B, soul, neo-soul and jazz music. Featuring popular hits from the 60s to today, Van Bradshaw will provide a lively hour of dancing and entertainment.
In addition to all the talented musicians, JazzFest features food vendors, a Kids’ Alley with free hands-on activities for all children and this year a small stage set up by Music City Showcase, showcasing the talent of local children and local craft vendors. “Everybody Drum Some” will feature group rhythm sessions on Saturday, and many local nonprofits including The Discovery Center, Wilderness Station, Read to Succeed, Bradely Academy, and more will be in attendance.
Two new additions to this year’s JazzFest are a traveling New Orleans-style marching band that will perform through the crowd during stage changes beginning at 4:00 p.m. and a Craft Beer Garden.
With the purchase of a $20 wristband, attendees 21 and older can access the Mid-State Brew Crew Craft Beer Garden located in the inner circle of the courthouse.
Access will be all day Saturday including a commemorative beer tasting glass and tastings from 8 local craft vendors including.
The public square will be closed on Saturday May 7 from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
For more information follow www.mainstreetmurfreesboro.org/jazzfest