Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival
August 10 @ 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
2019 marks the sixth season of Springfield Jazz & Roots, an annual celebration that brings roughly ten thousand people together in the heart of downtown Springfield. The internationally heralded festival draws visitors from throughout the Northeast and has become a powerful expression of civic pride, uniting our region’s diverse cultural communities through music, arts, education, and revelry.
Cory Henry and the Funk Apostles, Elio Villafranca & the Jass Syncopators, and Tia Fuller will serve as the main attractions for the festival. Corey Henry is best known for his role Brooklyn-based jazz collective Snarky Puppy, which helped to earn the group two Grammy awards. The keyboardist / bandleader has toured with Bruce Springsteen, P. Diddy, Boyz II Men, and The Roots.
Elio Villafranca & the Jass Syncopators will present a unique performance at the festival, presenting “Cinque,” a five-movement suite inspired by the story of Joseph Cinque, who in 1839 led a successful revolt aboard the slave ship La Amistad days after being sold and transported to a sugar plantation in Cuba.
Tia Fuller is best known as a featured member of Beyonce’s all-female touring ensemble. A professor at Berklee College of Music, her release “Diamond Cut” was nominated for the 2018 Grammy award for Best Instrumental Jazz Album.
Elan Trotman will be playing a special after-party show at MGM Springfield.
Other artists to be featured during the event include Samite, Firey String Sistas!, Kotoko Brass, Molly Tigre, The Convergence Project, Tap Roots, The Billy Arnold Trio, Bomba De Aqui, Ryan Hollander and The HCC Student Jazz Combo.
Created to bring people together and enrich the community through a celebration of jazz and roots music, the Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival features both rising-stars and legends of American music.
11:00 AM – 10:00 PM. Court Square, Springfield, MA. The day-long music festival is free and begins at 11 a.m. Rain or Shine!!
Located in Court Square in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts (right outside of Springfield’s Symphony Hall), this is the perfect event to bring your entire family! For more information about this free event, visit www.springfieldjazzfest.com, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SpringfieldJazzFest and follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @spfldjazzfest.
The Springfield Jazz and Roots Festival is produced by Blues to Green (www.bluestogreen.org), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose goal is to harness the power of art and music (particularly jazz and blues) to celebrate community and culture, build shared purpose, and catalyze both social and environmental change.