Franklin Jazz Festival
Join the “end of summer tradition” by attending this year’s 18th annual Franklin Jazz Festival September 2-3, on the Public Square in Downtown Franklin. The event is put together by the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County, the Downtown Franklin Association and by Zia Music Production, LLC, with the purposes “to acquaint the public with the restored historic downtown area, to showcase high quality superb musical entertainment, and to raise funds to continue to revitalize downtown using historic preservation methods,” said Nancy Williams, Downtown Franklin Association Director.
The two day festival will run Sunday, September 2, from 3-10 p.m. and Monday, September 3, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Eleven groups will perform a variety of Jazz, Blues and R&B styles from contemporary to pop. Sunday acts include “Delicious Blues Stew,” “Jerry Tachoir,” “Sandy Kastel” and “Mingo Fishtrap,” while Monday performance include “Heritage Dixieland Band,” “Scat Springs Band,” “James ‘Nick’ Nixon,” “Kristie Agee,” “Diane Marino,” “Pat Coil,” and the “Nashville Jazz Orchestra with Annie Sellick.” This year’s event will also include more food vendors, a beer and wine tent and all the usual fun including kids’ activities. Admission to the festival is only $5 a person, available at the gate.
Not to be forgotten, is the “Last is Lucky” drawing which takes place Monday evening. The Heritage Foundation is selling 400 raffle tickets for $100 each. They will begin drawing numbers Monday afternoon, and the last lucky ticket holder will win $10,000. Raffle tickets are available at the Heritage Foundation and will also cover entrance fee to the Jazz Festival. Come out and enjoy “one of the longest running jazz festivals in the south,” said Williams. For more information about the event, call the Heritage Foundation at 615.591.8500.