Ann Arbor Jazz and Blues Festival
Held since August 1969, the Ann Arbor
Blues Festival was the first blues festival of its kind in North
America. It was expanded to include jazz in 1972, and over the
years it has had an impressive roster of performers from both
genres, including Bonnie Raitt and Muddy Waters. The all-volunteer,
non-profit event has gone from an outdoor concert to a full weekend
of day and evening performances held in various settings, including
an intimate jazz club. It now includes activities for children,
educational outreach programs, and a "Meet the Artist" program. The
festival is documented in historical text, a videotape,
photographs, and promotional materials.
Originally submitted by: Debbie Stabenow, Representative (8th District).
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