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Downtown Springfield this weekend

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.

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Stearns Square

Enjoy photos from Stearns Square from MassLive.

Stearns Square Summer Concert Series is brought to you by the Springfield Business Improvement District and local sponsors. Free street parking at downtown Springfield meters after 6pm. Deals in SPA lots.

Great restaurants all around Stearns Square that are open for business before, during and after the show. Come down early, order take-out, and enjoy it outside in the Square. Great vendors inside concert with everything from pizza and burgers to kabobs and barbecued meats.

Join a fun-loving crowd that moves to the nearby bars and clubs after the concerts end and often have live music of their own.

Be part of the scene in Stearns Square (between Worthington and Bridge Streets in downtown Springfield) Thursday nights through September 12, 2013. Intro bands begin at 6:00 pm. Featured bands begin at 7:30 pm.

Biggest Loser

Springfield is on the national map. Time to root on Springfield native, Rob Guiry, on Biggest Loser.

At 26 years old, Rob Guiry says, “I always wanted to get healthy, but didn’t feel that I could.” Now at 483 pounds, he says, “I am ready to get it done!” Guiry was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised with two younger siblings in New Jersey. He played football in high school and also participated in soccer, wrestling and basketball. After high school, Guiry discovered rugby and fell in love with the sport. While playing rugby at Western New England University, Guiry earned a degree in sports management and an MBA with a focus in leadership. He has struggled with weight his whole life. Stress, the mentality that “bigger was better” for sports and a more sedentary life after he stopped being an athlete all played a role as well. With a bright future ahead and a job he loves coaching rugby, Guiry says it’s the perfect time to lose weight, and he looks forward to dating more, playing rugby, biking, skydiving, going on roller coasters and participating in Tough Mudders.