2014 Brick Street Jazz Festival – Minerva, OH

Man playing a hornOften called “food for the soul,” music is one art that for decades has brought people together. When there is mutual appreciation, when emotions are stirred and stories are being told, listening to great music can be fun and a truly memorable experience. The Brick Street Art & Jazz Festival in Minerva, OH happening May 30-31, 2014 is truly a celebration of music—a time where jazz music takes center stage during a festival that brings a whole community together.

Did you know that jazz has its roots right here in the U.S.? The blues style of music that began in the south is the true foundation for jazz, which evolved into its own style in New Orleans, Louisiana. When European horns met up with African drums and then mixed with a bit of church music, opera and ragtime, jazz became a standard, popular style of music.

The Brick Street Art & Jazz Festival is a way to showcase the jazz talents of local artists and beyond and offer the community a great chance to have some fun. On Friday there will be workshops held for all ages. On Friday evening there will be a special ticketed performance in the Roxy Theatre featuring Sandy Davis Today, a fantastic jazz quartet you won’t want to miss. All ticket proceeds are also going toward scholarships for high school student summer music experiences.

Saturday, the festival continues from 12pm – 9pm on North Market Street. The lineup for this year is spectacular: The Dreamtones, Brighter Side Blues Band, Elec Simon and Friends, The John Tripani Big Band, plus several local high school jazz bands. A large gallery of student ark work will be on display with various artists offering demonstrations of woodturning, painting, pottery, swing dancing and more. If you have a whole crew of kids coming along, there will be plenty to keep them busy! A free art area plus interactive activities, a petting zoo, face painting and storytelling. All of the unique vendors from the Minerva Farmer’s Market will also be there and there will certainly be no shortage of fantastic New Orleans inspired food from the vendors set up around the festival. If you are just developing a passion for photography, there will also be a Photography Shoot-Out for the first time this year where amateur photographers will have a chance to capture moments during the festival. Each will choose one picture to be printed, matted and framed and prizes will be awarded.

Just a short half-hour drive from this great festival is Whispering Pines Bed and Breakfast—the perfect place to stay while visiting our area or if you would just like a weekend getaway. Our spectacular lakeside inn overlooking Atwood Lake is a relaxing, peaceful retreat. Explore our rooms and property online and call us at (330) 735-2824 or (866) 452-5388 for reservation information.

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