2010 Gahanna Creekside Blues and Jazz Festival



Central Ohio suburbs offer a variety of community festivals for families throughout the summer and one of my favorites is the Creekside Blues and Jazz Festival in Gahanna.  My REMAX® Connection Realtors, real estate office is located at 130 Mill Street, in Olde Gahanna, right across from Creekside.  So I like to support the local festivals in Gahanna and usually try to attend the Creekside Festival.  Since it’s one of my favorites – I thought I’d share the details for the 2010 Gahanna Creekside Blues and Jazz Festival here.

GAHANNA, Ohio – Gahanna continues one of its proudest traditions June 18 – 20, as the Gahanna Convention & Visitors Bureau (GCVB) presents the 12th Annual Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival, bringing together local, regional and national blues and jazz musicians in Olde Gahanna.  The three-day festival promises more than 90 hours of live music on four stages, plus plenty of activities, great food and fun for all ages, all set in the picturesque backdrop of Gahanna’s Creekside Park and Plaza.

“The Gahanna CVB and the Festival Planning Committee are putting the finishing touches on what we believe are dynamic, new components for this year’s event,” Laurie Jadwin, Festival chair, said. “The Festival is thrilled that we are able to attract so many talented musicians each year who really want to be part of this event.

“This year we’re partnering with local Gahanna businesses to launch an inaugural pub crawl so that we can feature as many musicians as possible.  The crawl will be held the weekend before the festival to help showcase these talented entertainers and their music, as well as the festival, ‘wanna-be musicians’ will have a chance to learn directly from some of the best blues and jazz musicians in central Ohio through new teaching workshops that we’ll be offering. That’s just a sampling.  We’re still in the planning phase, so there will be much more to come.”

Singin’ the Blues

On Saturday, June 19, Blues headliner and swamp-blues master Tab Benoit will take the stage to bring his brand of bayou blues to Creekside.  He won the Blues Music Association’s Contemporary Male Artist of the Year Award in 2007 and 2008.  Benoit performs more than 250 days a year, with a special focus on small towns, as a tribute to his own small-town roots.  In addition to his work playing and singing the blues, Benoit is also co-founder of Voice of the Wetlands, an activism organization advocating the preservation of the Gulf Coast.

Additional Blues headliners include:

  • The Jimi Vincent Band– For more than 20 years, crowds have been buzzing for this high-energy blues-rock band.  The band is a staple at many well-known popular blues festivals, and returns to Gahanna for the second, straight year by popular demand.  The band is currently working on material for a new CD and its upcoming festival tour.  Band members are Jimi Vincent, Sam Romagnoli, Dustin Smith and Bob Dutton. (Friday)

  • The Sonny Moorman Group-This Cincinnati, Ohio-based power trio has continued to collect awards and recognition over the years, including a win at the Columbus Blues Alliance Challenge in 2009 and as a finalist in the 2010 International Blues Challenge. The band’s album Crossroads Motel, with its title track, drew nominations for the 2009 Just Plain Folks Award for Blues Album and Blues Song of the Year.  The group features Moorman on guitar and vocals; Marc Hoffman on bass; and Dave Fair on drums and vocals. (Saturday)
  • Sean Carney Band-Hailed by Columbus Monthly in 2007 as the city’s best band, the Sean Carney Band has taken blues music around the world, performing at festivals across North America and Europe.  In fact, the band will perform in 12 countries in 2010.  The band was a winner in the 2007 International Blues Festival.  The band self-produced its Live Blues on Whyte CD in 2009, and is working on a new studio recording as well. (Sunday)

And All That Jazz

Critically-acclaimed jazz trombonist and Pickerington, Ohio, native Sarah Morrow will headline the Jazz Stage on Friday, June 18.  Morrow holds the distinction of being the first female instrumentalist to become a member of the Ray Charles Orchestra, touring with the music legend in the mid-1990s.  She has also toured with other jazz greats including the Duke Ellington Orchestra.  In another local connection, Morrow will team up with fellow central Ohio native Bobby Floyd and his trio on stage. Like Morrow, Floyd’s musical prowess has taken him across the United States and around the world.  He has shared the stage with the likes of Dionne Warwick and Doc Severinsen, as well as being a featured performer with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, Columbus Symphony Orchestra and ProMusica Chamber Orchestra.

Additional Jazz headliners include:

  • Urban Jazz Coalition-Praised by the Las Vegas City of Light Jazz Festival as the “best-kept secret in smooth jazz,” this Columbus-based septet of musicians has been wowing U.S. audiences for 14 years.  UJC has toured with many jazz artists and groups, including Spyro Gyra, The Rippingtons and Al Jarreau. Their last two CDs climbed high on jazz music charts, with Down To Get Up in the #3 spot for 2007 on The JazzWeek Independent Smooth Jazz Chart. (Saturday)
  • Columbus Jazz Orchestra (CJO)-For more than three decades, the CJO has been regarded by many as a model musical organizaton, as well as one of the finest jazz orchestras in the world.  Hosting nearly 50 subscription concerts each season in Columbus, the CJO teams with internationally-known guest artists to champion the big band jazz format for thousands of fans each year.  The CJO is led by former Count Basie Orchestra lead trumpet, Byron Stripling, who has also performed and recorded with the bands of Dizzy Gillespie and Lionel Hampton.  In addition, Stripling’s career includes featured solo appearances with the Boston Pops, Pittsburgh Symphony and the National Symphony. (Sunday)

Additional attractions and activities will include:

  • Rising Stars Blues & Jazz Contest: Gahanna’s version of American Idol for budding blues and jazz musicians.
  • Jog for Jazz: The Third Annual “Jog for Jazz,” a 5K run/walk event, will be held on Saturday, June 19, in Olde Gahanna.
  • Musical Discovery Zone: This free, hands-on blues and jazz musical learning experience is for the entire family-beat the bongos, blow the horns, make your own musical instrument and more.
  • Mini-Midway:  Amusement rides including a fun house, giant slide, ferris wheel, merry-go-round, climbing wall and rides for small children.
  • Paddle Boat Rides: Boaters can enjoy the music as they take a leisurely paddle along a branch of Big Walnut Creek.
  • Street performers, festival food, artisans and crafters

During the past 12 years, Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival has evolved from a half-day event into a three-day family friendly event, with four stages of entertainment-Creekside Community Stage, Jazz Stage, Blues Stage, and Acoustic Alley, more than 50 musical groups and much more. The festival location spans the area from the eastern banks of Big Walnut Creek with its Creekside Park and Plaza into historic downtown Olde Gahanna.  The park and plaza areas feature beautiful views of the creek, boardwalks, a lagoon, two waterfalls, waterside dining, retail shops and more.

Admission is $3 for adults (ages 12 and up). Children under 12 are free.  Members of the military will also receive free admission, ID required.  The Festival is presented by the Gahanna Convention & Visitors Bureau and is made possible with help from a corps of dedicated local volunteers. Photos are available upon request.

For more information, visit www.creeksidebluesandjazz.com or call the Gahanna Convention & Visitors Bureau at 614-418-9114 or 1-866-GAHANNA

The Gahanna Convention & Visitors Bureau (GCVB) is a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization funded by a local hotel tax and partner support whose mission is to promote Gahanna as a vibrant destination by connecting the people and places of our community which contributes to economic prosperity. The GCVB annually presents the Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival and Holiday Lights! Parade and Festival. We are grateful for the support given to the Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival by the event sponsors listed on our Web site: www.creeksidebluesandjazz.com

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