Amazing event in Downtown Springfield this weekend… The Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival. Springfield BID was a proud sponsor. Thank you to BID Business, MassLive.com for a great story.
SPRINGFIELD – The lilting sounds of big band music, jazz and merengue drifted over the downtown on Saturday, drawing about 1,000 people to Court Square during what emerged as a banner weekend for the city.
Spectacular blue skies. Legendary basketball stars. A top notch lineup for the Springfield Jazz and Roots Festival, where tons of people set up chairs on the city’s green to listen to the likes of Phil Woods with the Greg Caputo Big Band, Mikata, and the Charmaine Neville Band featuring Charles Neville of the famed musical family.
Nearly each act brought down the house and meanwhile, Charmaine Neville and 22-year-old saxophone phenom Grace Kelly offered music workshops at the nearby Community Music School on State Street.
“This makes me proud to live in Springfield. I wish they had things like this more often,” said resident Mindy Garcia, who came down for the festival with her husband, Edward Garcia.
The festival, which was free, also featured a beer tent and local food vendors including Adolfo’s, Nadim’s, the Q Restaurant and Elegant Affairs.
“It’s not Newport – yet!” Mayor Domenic J. Sarno joked to the crowd before presenting Woods, a Springfield native and graduate of the former Springfield Technical High School, with a key to the city.
“I don’t give many of these out,” Sarno said, estimating that he has bestowed less than a handful throughout his three terms as mayor.