Jazz Trail Music Festival is This Weekend!


~submitted by Midland DDA

June 17, 2010 – The first-ever Michigan Jazz Trail Music Festival is starting off on a high note with a $5,000 grant from the Midland Area Community Foundation.

In late May, event planners received the award to help launch the first year of a Michigan festival celebrating America’s unique form of music.

This year’s festival will take place on Saturday, June 19, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Dow Gardens, with performances by outstanding professional artists from the Great Lakes Bay Region, such as Bay City’s renowned pianist Kevin Cole, as well as powerful talent from area high school jazz bands. The festival will feature an outdoor concert event and an afterglow featuring live music, food, and refreshments at restaurants and clubs in downtown Midland.

The goal of the Midland festival is to bring the communities of Midland, Saginaw, Bay City, Freeland, and Mt. Pleasant together to celebrate the region and eventually connect with other music festivals across the state to create the Michigan Jazz Trail. Michigan’s trail will mirror other well-known trails across the country, such as the Blues Trail in Mississippi and the Bourbon Trail in Kentucky. Michigan’s trail will promote cultural tourism and economic development throughout the state.

Tickets to the Midland festival are $20 for adults and $15 for students, and may be purchased through Midland Center for the Arts (www.mcfta.org) or by calling 1-800-523-7649.

For more information on the Midland festival and plans for the statewide trail, visit www.michiganjazztrail.org or call Midland’s Downtown Development Authority office at 989-837-3330.

The Midland Area Community Foundation strengthens our community by providing leadership, fostering collaboration on local needs and issues, and encouraging a legacy of giving through grants, scholarships, and events. For more details on the Foundation, visit www.midlandfoundation.org.