Aug 10, 2018 10:00AM
by Richelle Kimble | photography by Victoria Upton
Two days, 10 fabulous jazz performances and sunshine provide the perfect foundation for a weekend of relaxation. On August 18 and 19, Grand Rapids’ Rosa Parks Circle becomes center stage for the Seventh annual GRandJazzFest presented by DTE Energy Foundation.
Be sure to catch Euge Groove’s headliner performance on Saturday night (8 p.m.) for an irresistible saxophone sunset. Euge Groove (a pseudonym for Steve Grove) is classically trained, but contemporarily successful having played with notable bands and musicians such as Huey Lewis and the News, Joe Cocker, Elton John and Tina Turner. He’s had multiple solo studio successes, including House of Groove (2012) and Got 2 B Groovin (2014). Latin jazz to free jazz, performers such as John Gist, Grupo Ayé and Oli Silk will share their unique styles to keep you on your toes with your ears perked.
Whether you’re a Grand Rapids resident or an out of towner, prepare for a full weekend of family-friendly days and dancing nights by packing the folding chairs and your best picnic set up. In addition to the wide range of jazz performances, GRandJazzFest provides free face painting for the kids. The city’s central location makes it easy to enjoy local businesses, restaurants (it’s Restaurant Week!), museums, and attractions. Light rain or shine, the show will go on, but in the case of inclement weather, performances may be delayed or canceled until the weather clears.
“Brass” yourself for two days of tunes amid 10 talented jazz musicians and the Grand Rapids community. Bring a lawn chair, the kids, and your dancing shoes to the 7th annual GRandJazzFest! For schedule, transportation suggestions, and further information about performers, visit grandjazzfest.org.
What: 7th Annual GRandJazzFest
Where: Rosa Parks Circle, 135 Monroe Center NW, Grand Rapids
When: August 18, 12 p.m.-10 p.m. and August 19, 1 p.m.-7 p.m.