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Acclaimed jazz musicians to take stage at Rosa Parks Circle

Trumpeter Rick Braun is headlining the 3rd annual GRandJazzFest presented by DTE Energy Foundation on Saturday and Sunday, August 16 and 17.
Grupo Aye at inaugural festival in 2012

Grupo Aye at inaugural festival in 2012 /Courtesy of GRandJazzFest

Underwriting support from:

Rosa Parks Circle

Located between Monroe Center Street and Monroe Avenue in Downtown Grand Rapids

Grupo Aye will return for this year's festival

Grupo Aye will return for this year's festival /Courtesy of GRandJazzFest

/Courtesy of GRandJazzFest

On Saturday, August 16 and Sunday, August 17 GRandJazzFest will take place at Rosa Parks Circle in celebration of International Jazz Day. The festival, sponsored by DTE Energy Foundation, will feature 10 diverse acts plus a student jazz-jam session. 

The lineup includes:

“Rick Braun is the real deal. He’s a wonderful performer who knows how to play his instrument and make it sing. As a performer, he enjoys performing, and the audience always has a great interactive experience. I’ve seen him perform multiple times and always am amazed!” GRandJazzFest Founder Audrey Sundstrom says.

GRandJazzFest presented by DTE Energy Foundation is a community event of the nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization “GR and Jazz” founded in 2012, with the purpose of promoting and bringing awareness of jazz and related arts to new and diverse audiences through educational programs and community events. GRandJazzFest 2014 is a free weekend-long event that runs Saturday, Aug. 16, from noon until 10 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 17, from noon to 8 p.m., featuring jazz artists who are primarily Michigan-based. GRandJazzFest brings together notable jazz performers as well as highlights up-and-coming artists for diverse audiences. GRandJazzFest is being held at Rosa Parks Circle, a central location in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, where attendees can enjoy music, support local businesses and visit other Grand Rapids attractions. The festival is free. More information can be found on their website.

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