East Lansing Summer Solstice Jazz Festival Lineup

 The 19th Annual Summer Solstice Jazz Festival (SSJF) will make its way to downtown East Lansing June 19-20, featuring a high-caliber ensemble of local, regional and national musicians.
The festival is presented by the City of East Lansing, Wharton Center for Performing Arts and the MSU College of Music, with artistic direction by Rodney Whitaker.
This FREE-to-the-community festival is centered around a large tent located in the heart of downtown East Lansing in Parking Lot 1, 230 Albert Ave., and Ann Street Plaza, located on the northwest corner of the Albert-M.A.C. intersection.
Two events that were well-received last year will be returning for 2015. The Kozmic Picnik gives festival-goers an opportunity to pack a picnic lunch and enjoy avant-garde jazz in the lovely setting of the Broad Art Museum Sculpture Garden. Immediately following will be a New Orleans-style Second Line Parade where everyone is invited to participate in a brass band processional to Ann Street Plaza. The SSJF also features main stage performances, the Jazz Kids children’s activity area, onsite food vendors, jazz cafes, and the MSU Outreach and Engagement Education Stage.
FRIDAY, JUNE 19
Main Stage (Lot 1, 230 Albert Ave.)
4:30 p.m. Metro Jazz Voices
6:00 p.m. Rodney Whitaker and Soul-R-Energy
7:30 p.m. Bria Skonberg
9:15 p.m. Grupo Aye’

MSU Educational Stage (Ann Street Plaza)
5:00 p.m. J.A.M.M. Scholarship Quartet
6:00 p.m. East Lansing HS Jazz Combo
7:00 p.m.  Ari Teitel Organ Trio
8:30 p.m. Thornetta Davis
Peppino’s Sports Grille ( 213 Ann St.)
10:45 p.m.  Etienne Charles
SATURDAY, JUNE 20
Kozmic Picnik (Broad Art Museum Sculpture Garden, 547 East Circle Drive)
Bring a picnic basket, a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy avante-garde jazz
1:30 p.m.  Jason Adasiewicz Quartet
Second Line Parade (Procession from Sculpture Garden to Ann Street Plaza)
The second-line parade is a New Orleans tradition where participants follow the grand marshal and brass band while dancing, handing out beads and twirling parasols. The entire community is invited! Costumes are encouraged!
2:30 pm  New Orleans Swamp Donkeys
MSU Educational Stage (Ann Street Plaza)
3:30 p.m.  MSU Community Music School-Detroit Big Band
4:30 p.m.  MSU Jazz Studies Big Band Symposium
7:30 p.m.  Cindy Scott
9:15 p.m.  Chris Canas Band
Main Stage (Lot 1, 230 Albert Ave.)
4:30 p.m.  Lansing Symphony Jazz Orchestra
6:00 p.m.  Jeff Hamilton Trio
7:30 p.m.  Guitar Summit w/ Napoleon, Bernstein and Stryker
9:15 p.m.   Orquesta Ritmo
Peppino’s Sports Grille ( 213 Ann St.)
10:45 p.m.  Organissimo

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