With spring in the air, what better way to enjoy the beautiful weather than a weekend of jazz music and carnival food while sitting in the grass in the Historic Downtown Murfreesboro Square? The Southeast Tourism Society has named Main Street JazzFest one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast for May, 2014. We are fortunate to have such an event right here in our own backyard. The Jazz Festival with have music, food, and activities for the children. And don’t forget to purchase a souvenir t-shirt, as the proceeds from the sales help keep this event returning each year. So pack a blanket, a chair, and your kids in the van for a weekend of fun and relaxation.
I have been a volunteer at the Murfreesboro Jazz Festival for the past 13 years. The first year I volunteered in the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Youth Group tent. I was then recruited onto the Jazz Fest Committee and have held a role each year since. My wife Vicky and two sons have also put in many hours during the event hauling ice, greeting sponsors, erecting tents and signs, and cleaning up once the music stopped playing. This has been a great learning experience for the children over the years. I encourage you to volunteer, it only requires a 2-3 hour commitment, to help Jazz Fest be a success again this year. If interested, click on this link to register at the Jazz Festival website.
Saturday, May 3 2014
11:00 Stewart’s Creek High School
12:20 Murfreesboro Youth Jazz Orchestra
1:00 MTSU Jazz Ensemble I
2:00 Kevin Whalum
3:15 MTSU Faculty Combo
4:30 Dara Tucker
5:45 Joe Davidian
7:00 Music City Swing
8:00 Joe Johnson
9:15 129th Army Jazz Band
The Friday Night schedule will feature the Rutherford County School Jazz Bands and on Saturday the Kroger Stage will also be running music all day long. We are looking forward to seeing these schedules posted soon. Are you ready for a weekend full of Jazz Music, food, and fun? I know I am. I hope to see everyone out at the MainStreet Jazz Fest 2014.