Aug. 1 – 2, 2014

2014 jazzfest poster

Entering its 20th year, the Lansing JazzFest is a two-day FREE music festival that brings national, regional, and local acts to an audience of over 7,000 people from across Michigan and nearby states.

JazzFest’s music truly is living music, history in the making. Each artist at the festival is asked to play an original composition, something that hasn’t been played at any other festival.

The 2014 festival will take place Friday, August 1  & Saturday, August 2, in the streets of Old Town, surrounded by the best of the Capital City’s art galleries as well as unique retail stores and grand architecture. Vendors offer delicious food, beverages, art, clothing, and crafts, and nearby galleries and boutiques open their doors during festival hours.

Lansing JazzFest continues to grow thanks to the contributions of its sponsors and volunteers. Support Old Town, Lansing, and live jazz!

JazzFest is produced by MICA (Michigan Institute for Contemporary Art).

MICA: Michigan Institute for Contemporary Art

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Dedication to Lansing

Lansing JazzFest began in 1995 when the Old Town Business & Art Development Association (OTBADA), having successfully produced OctoberFest the year prior, discovered that music festivals are an excellent way to encourage people to visit and enjoy Old Town.

Lansing’s jazz radio station, 89.7 WLNZ, signed on as a founding media sponsor, and MessageMakers became the festival’s founding business sponsor that same year.

In its early days, local musicians donated their time to play at JazzFest, and volunteers from the neighborhood and the local community pitched in to see that the 3,000-4,000 people in attendance had a good time.

Over the years, the scope of the festival — with paid performers, including those of national and regional stature; three stages and 20 hours of programming; addition of clinics, workshops and children’s activities — has grown to bring in closer to 7,000 attendees per year, making sponsors and volunteers more important than ever!

Since its inception, JazzFest has welcomed such renowned artists as TS Monk, Stanley Jordan, Hot Club of Detroit, Tim Cunningham, Johnny O’Neal, Rayse Biggs, Mose Allison, Michael Kaeshammer, the Professors of Jazz at MSU (Derrick Gardner, Randy Gelispie, Diego Rivera, Rick Roe, Rodney Whitaker, Sunny Wilkinson), Terell Stafford, Marcus Belgrave, Dr. E, Nicole Mitchell, John Douglas, Francis Kofi, Betty Joplin, Tyrone Johnson, Straight Ahead, Orrick Ewing, and numerous regional and local acts. Click HERE for more complete lists of past artists.

JazzFest is produced by MICA (Michigan Institute for Contemporary Art). WLNZ and MessageMakers remain founding supporters of JazzFest, along with other corporate sponsors and a committed team of over 150 volunteers.

JazzFest is THE place to enjoy the soothing rhythms and contagious beat of cool jazz tunes on a hot summer weekend!

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A volunteer on the job

Lansing JazzFest is in need of volunteers in order to continue as a fantastic, free community event. Volunteering for JazzFest is a great way to go behind the scenes, meet new people, and have fun! Check out the volunteer page on the site to learn more.

If you’re interested in volunteering for the 2014 festival season, please click on one of the opportunities below.

Please contact us at 517-371-4600 or if you are unable to access the options shown.

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