‘Jazz and Blues’ to fill the streets

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Saturday the smooth sounds of jazz and blues music will be coming from downtown Lafayette as the Uptown Jazz and Blues Festival hits the streets.

To give the community a preview, event coordinator Scott Freeman made a visit to News 18 at Noon to talk about the event.

“We got some cool changes. We took what we did last year and just kinda fine-tuning things a little bit,” Freeman said. “…We just kinda streamlined it and made it a little bit more user friendly.”

Freeman said organizers made changes to the beer garden and stage placements, along with improvements in moving guests into and out of the festival.

The festival focuses on music, but it won’t just be local musicians out there this time.

“I think what’s really cool this year is we’re bringing in some really heavy-hitters this year — international musicians, world class award-winning musicians from California and Memphis — and our local jazz guys here in town,” Freeman said. “We got some really heavy-weight jazz guys here, and they’re gunna be doing it for us. It’s gunna be fun.”

Rain is in the forecast for Saturday, but Freeman said rain or shine “we’re rolling on.” He said plans had been made for rain and stages will be covered. Freeman said, “So, let’s just have fun in the rain.”

The Uptown Jazz and Blues Festival will be Saturday, Aug. 23 from 5 p.m. to midnight on Main Street in downtown Lafayette. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate.

“This is gunna be the place to be. Everybody’s gunna be hanging out down there and it’s a great vibe,” Freeman said. “Just real laid back, real fun. Folks are gunna enjoy it.”

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