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First annual Rubber City Jazz & Blues Festival comes to downtown Akron

Published: August 12, 2016 12:00 AM
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On August 26 and 27, individuals visiting downtown Akron will experience the first annual Rubber City Jazz & Blues Festival.

This is a free, family-friendly community event that will bring people together to hear first-class jazz and blues in the heart of downtown Akron. The event will take place at four different locations, including the Akron Art Museum, Blu Jazz+, Musica and Maiden Lane.

"Our team is very excited about this event," said Theron Brown, Rubber City Jazz & Blues Festival team member. "Music plays a vital role in every individuals' life. We are excited to give people the opportunity to experience first class jazz music. This is a great event to spend time with family and friends as summer comes to an end."

All community members are invited to the Akron Art Museum for preview event on Aug. 26 at noon. More music will follow at Blu Jazz+ from 8 to 11 p.m. that night.

On Aug. 27, the Rubber City Jazz & Blues Festival will kick off at Maiden Lane beginning at 1:30 p.m. A variety of jazz and blues musical performances will take place at Maiden Lane, Musica and Blu Jazz+ from 2 to 11 p.m. The festival will end with a dance party from 11 p.m. until 1:30 a.m. at Musica.

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Through a collaboration with the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Western Reserve, The University of Akron and Compass Christian Church, the Rubber City Jazz & Blues Festival will begin a music education outreach program for students in grades kindergarten through 12 with proceeds raised.

This model has been developed and fine-tuned by Open Tone Music (OTM) at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland and has expanded into the Akron area as part of OTM's strategic plan.

"On behalf of the Rubber City Jazz & Blues Festival team, I would like to extend a sincere thank you to our sponsors, including the Knight Foundation, The University of Akron and many other foundations and organizations," said Brown. "This event would not be possible without the help from our generous sponsors. I would also like to thank The Impact Group for helping to promote the event."

For more information about the Rubber City Jazz & Blues Festival, visit rubbercityjazz.com.


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