GAHANNA, Ohio – Tickets go on sale Monday, February 26 for the Annual Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival, Gahanna’s annual signature event and one of the state’s largest celebrations of blues and jazz. This year the jam-packed 20th anniversary concert and party will be held from June 15th to the 17th. Visit Gahanna (also known as the Gahanna Convention & Visitors Bureau and the producer of the Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival) just released the lineup for this year’s Festival. This year’s list of performers boasts the festival’s biggest lineup of blues and jazz artists and includes dozens of musical acts on multiple stages: The Union Bank Blues Stage; the Heartland Bank Jazz Stage; the Mount Carmel Creekside Community Stage; and the Toyota Direct Acoustic Alley Stage. The entertainment is not limited to music, however, as this year’s Festival will feature expanded tasting offerings. Watershed Distillery will be on hand again to showcase their latest take on cocktails. Brown-Forman’s Whiskey Ambassador Whiskey Pete also will return for the anniversary celebration with his quirky take on bourbon and whiskey tastings. Gahanna’s own Noble Cut Distillery, brand new to Central Ohio’s distillery scene, will offer tastings of their delicious new product line that includes a limoncello made from a 242-year-old family recipe. The Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival has fun for everyone with family friendly offerings that include interactive musical workshops for kids on the Musical Discovery Zone Stage. New this year is the COTA Teen Stage, which will feature budding teenage musical artists from the Central Ohio area. Buskers Bayou will feature magicians, balloon artists, jugglers and more. The Giant Eagle Family Fun Zone offers a free, family friendly area featuring hands-on crafts, games and activities. Food vendors, artisan market, amusement and paddleboat rides and other activities are held throughout the three-day festival. -more- “We are especially excited for this year’s musical acts and lineup, and all of the special treats we have in store to celebrate the 20th anniversary of this very special festival,” said Laurie Jadwin, Executive Director of the Gahanna Visitors & Convention Bureau. “It’s wonderful how this event has grown in size and stature from the first year it was held, and I think it’s a reflection of the growth and spirit of Gahanna itself.” The musical acts for this year’s Festival include:Union Bank Electric Blues Stage-FRIDAY 6/15: 5-6 Who Dat Trio , 6:15-7:30 Orion and the Constellations, 7:45-9:15 Will Freed Band, and 9:30-11 Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band SATURDAY 6/16: 12:30 – 2 Roadhouse Redeemed , 2:15-3:45 Change It Up Charlie, 4-5:30 Davina and the Vagabonds , 5:45-7:15 Mark May Band, 7:30-9 Fabulous Thunderbirds featuring Kim Wilson , and 9:15-11 Sean Carney and Friends SUNDAY 6/17 : 12:30-1:45 Mojo Theory, 2-3:45 Austin Walkin Cane , and 4-6 McGuffey Lane Heartland Bank Jazz Stage- FRIDAY 6/15: 5-6:30 Tim Cummisky Fusion Syndicate , 7-8:30 Flippo performs the music of Herbie Hancock , and 9-10:30 David Sanborn SATURDAY 6/16: 1-2:30 The Liz Wooley Band , 3-4:30 The Colin Lazarski Quartet, 5-6:30 Mary McClendon Trio, 7-8:30 Safety Squad, and 9-10:30 The Urban Jazz Coalition with special guest Lin Rountree SUNDAY 6/17: 12-1:30 The Tony Hagood Trio, 2-3:30 The Columbus Jazz Youth Orchestra , 4:30-5:30 The Columbus Jazz Orchestra featuring Byron Stripling Mount Carmel Creekside Community Stage- FRIDAY 6/15: 5 – 6:30 The Whirlybirds, 7 – 8:30 Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal, and 9 – 11 Soul Kitch’n SATURDAY 6/16 : 12-1 CAMP Blues , 1:30-3 Sugarcreek Bluegrass , 3:30-5 Swing’s the Thing , 5:30 -7 Andy Shaw Band , 7:30-9 Po Ramblin’ Boys , and 9:30-11 Angela Perley & the Howlin’ Moons SUNDAY 6/17: 12-1:30 Dave Buker & the Historians, 2-3:30 Honey and Blue, and 4-5:30 TBD Toyota Direct Acoustic Alley Stage- FRIDAY 6/15: 5:30-7 Nancy & The Keepers , 7-8:30 Bill Foley, and 9-10:30 John McNamee SATURDAY 6/16 : 1-2:15 Derek DiCenzo , 2:30-4 Delyn Christian , 4:15-5:30 Chief Johnny Lonesome , 5:45-7:15 Miss Molly, 7:30-8:45 Sonny Moorman, and 9-10:30 Cowboy Poets SUNDAY 6/17: 1-2:30 Terry Douglas , 2:45-4 Skip Werke , and 4:15-5:30 Erica Blinn This year, both the Union Bank Blues Stage and the Heartland Bank Jazz Stage will offer covered seating for festival attendees, as well as reserved seating packages. Each package includes a VIP parking pass to reserved lot and access to VIP shuttle that will deliver guests directly to a main admission gate and a special VIP entry. With either package, guests will enjoy exclusive amenities to create a relaxing day or weekend at the Festival. Additional information is available at creeksidebluesandjazz.com or by calling Visit Gahanna, (614) 418-9114. About the Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival An estimated 35,000-plus people are expected for the three-day festival featuring more than 90 hours of live music and entertainment. Festival hours are: Friday, June 15 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, June 16 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, June 17 from Noon to 6 p.m. A variety of corporate hospitality packages offering festival admission and amenities including reserved seating, food and beverages, VIP parking and express entry are available online at creeksidebluesandjazz.com or by contacting (614) 418-9114. The Festival is presented by Visit Gahanna and is made possible with the support of sponsors and the help of a dedicated corps of local volunteers. A complete schedule of entertainment and additional information is available at creeksidebluesandjazz.com or by calling the Visit Gahanna office at (614) 418-9114. Become a Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival “Jambassador” by following on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest using the #2018CBJF hashtag for contests, special offers and more. Tickets and Pricing Admission is $7 on Friday and Sunday, and $10 on Saturday. Children under 12, and members of the military (and their immediate family) with military ID, are FREE. Discounted weekend passes are available online prior to the festival weekend at creeksidebluesandjazz.com (early bird pricing of $15 through April 30, $18 from May 1 through June 8). After June 8, weekend passes will be available online (or at admission gates on Friday, June 16) at $21. Free admission on Sunday between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. is available for each person who donates at least one nonperishable food item to benefit Gahanna Residents in Need (GRIN). Ride-all-day wristbands are available each day for the amusement area.
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