For those seeking a most chill time in the center of downtown, we can’t think of a more fitting festival in the city than the sixth annual GRandJazzFest presented by DTE Energy Foundation.
This annual event seamlessly blends groups of all ages, races, and even musical ability in the audience to line the line Rosa Parks Circle’s bowl with blankets, chairs, and even long boards for a two-day festival devoted to live jazz music.
This year, they welcome 11 acts over the weekend, ranging from the local to international as a diverse lineup of musicians perform at this free event.
The headliner this year is Scottish-born saxophonist Richard Elliot who will perform the closing 8 p.m. slot on Saturday night. Since Elliot’s 1986 debut of “Initial Approach,” he has released more than 15 recordings and is beloved over the decades since for his infectious melodies and smooth grooves.
This is the perfect summer weekend to get to know your local jazz scene as well as enjoy some deliciously cool live music in our downtown.
We are quite certain live jazz is just what we need to take the edge off of a very long work week.