Front Street Music Festival
Bloomington-Normal, Illinois. What began as an idea to introduce visitors to Downtown Bloomington and showcase a string of viable businesses along Front Street has evolved into the first annual Front Street Music Festival. Hosted by WXRJ LP-FM, this free outdoor event in the heart of the downtown along Route 66 appeals to a wide audience with some of the best local and regional artists. The festival begins on Saturday, August 20 at 2:00 p.m. and will conclude at 10:00 p.m.
There will be food and beverage vendors throughout the day including Epiphany Farms and Anju Above, Walleye Wagon, Jackson Soul and more. There will also be adult beverage available for purchase.
The Music Lineup:
Jackie Scott with Kilborn Alley Blues Band – Jackie Scott’s home town is Hampton Roads, Virginia, but she is a Chicago Blues woman through and through. Singing and producing are just a few of her musical attributes. She is really deeply passionate about continuing a legacy. In 2010 How Much Woman Can You Stand earned Jackie Scott and the Housewreckers a Blues Blast Award for Best New Artist Debut.
Originally from Urbana, Illinois Kilborn Alley won Best Contemporary Blues Album, 2007 Tear Chicago Down; Kilborn has had a lot of success and is still going strong.
Jessy Carolina and the Hot Mess – Jessy Carolina & the Hot Mess is a New York City based ensemble specializing in early American roots and jazz music. The group
features Jessy Carolina on vocals and washboard.
Soft Spoken – From Bloomington area, this is a six piece local jazz band including percussionist, with a long history of making music together.
Mardra and Reggie Thomas- The husband-wife team of Mardra and Reggie Thomas is a jazz dynamo. Mardra is a vocalist with a theatrical background. Reggie is a pianist and coordinator of the jazz program at Northern Illinois University.
Come out and have a great time and also enjoy guest DJ’s throughout the day. Support for this event includes the City of Bloomington, Bloomington-Normal Convention and Visitors Bureau, Brad Barker Honda and ABC Unlimited.
The night of the festival, The Jazz UpFront Club will follow up with an intimate concert featuring a Prince tribute by “Mico”. The performance will be held after the festival at UpFront Jazz Club. There is a $10 cover for this single performance.
For more information go to Jazz UpFront on Face book, call 1.309.200.8216 . email email@example.com or visit www.jazzupfrontfest.com or