By Patrick Lynn
Central Wisconsin’s largest jazz festival returns Labor Day Weekend—and this year, it needs support from the community.
Since it began 16 years ago, the festival has always been a free event, bringing thousands of people together to celebrate and enjoy a weekend of jazz. In order to help keep the festival free for the community, the organizing group this year is asking for donations.
“This year’s Riverfront Jazz Festival schedule is packed, teeming, crammed, bursting with huge talent,” said Vanessa Garcia-Preciado, event manager.
Two days of music, on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, will feature vocalists and musicians for a family-friend affair from 3-9 p.m. Food will be available for purchase from local vendors, and attendees should bring blankets or chairs.
Featured acts this year include bassist Ike Sturm, vocalist Melissa Stylianou, guitarist Gene Bertoncini, Quartet Quad, Camila Meza, Faith Hatch Meade Street Collective, CWJE Big Band, and the Brian Lynch Quartet.
The Riverfront Jazz Festival began in 2004 with over 2,000 people in attendance. It’s since grown to a two-day event with about 5,000 attendees, with funds raises benefitting students of UWSP’s Jazz Music Program.
Donations can be made at https://createportagecounty.networkforgood.com/projects/59546-riverfront-jazz-festival
For more information, go to www.riverfrontjazzfestival.org, find the group on Facebook, or email [email protected]