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Springfield Jam Fest drew 4,800 concert goers to Court Square for the first annual all-day music festival. Fifteen bands and musicians performed on two stages throughout the entire day on September 9, bringing a wide variety of genres and local talent to downtown Springfield.
The Springfield Business Improvement District’s vision was to keep everything local with Western Massachusetts’s roots. Local performers included FAT, The Alchemystics, Trailer Trash, Conjunto Barrio, Feel Good Drift, Alex2e, Berkshire Hills Academy, The Pitts Campaign Experience, Pamela Means, Eric Lee, Maxxtone, Lisa Martin, Nate “Outerstylie” Martel, Paul Sticca, Sparkie Allison, and Dr. Westchesterson.
Through sponsorships, donations, and sales at the Springfield Jam Festival, the BID was able to raise $10,565 in proceeds to donate to the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Western Massachusetts. “It was a wonderful day, everyone had a great time.” Says Drumheller, President, NAMI-Western Massachusetts. “We are most impressed with the visibility for our organization. A lot of people had not heard of our organization, National Alliance on Mental Illness, and this was a great opportunity to educate the public about who we are.”
NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. Awareness was raised through the use of #RockTheStigma, hundreds of people shared photos and videos through social media promoting and standing by the cause.