To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival (CBJF) in Gahanna, Ohio (June 15-17), we’re sharing some of our favorite stories through a #MyCBJFStory series.
Andy Shaw and his brother, Chris–along with their dad, Jim–share a lifelong passion for music. The Andy Shaw Band members are Gahanna locals and CBJF favorites, traditionally celebrating Father’s Day weekend with a Festival performance. Look for The Andy Shaw Band to perform on the Mount Carmel Creekside Community Stage from 5:30-7 pm on Saturday, June 16.
How did you get your start as a musician?
I grew up playing trumpet, and I learned to write songs in college. In 2004, I moved back from Chicago (after attending Columbia College Chicago) to start performing music with my brother, Chris Shaw. We started as an acoustic duo, then added bass, and my dad Jim on keys.
When did you know you wanted to pursue a career in music?
Probably from the moment I started playing trumpet. I started to teach myself how to play when I was 9 or 10 years old, and by the time I started playing in the school band, I knew it was something I was more passionate about than anything else.
Who inspires you?
My dad has always been a huge inspiration for me. I’m also inspired by bands like Dispatch and State Radio, who have made grassroots philanthropy a large part of their musical career.
Do you have a favorite song that you perform?
This always changes, but right now, I love performing my song, Ohio. I feel that it expresses a big part of where I am in my life right now. It speaks to where I’m from, where I want to be, and the strains of growth on a personal and professional level. For me, it’s very cathartic.
Describe one of your best experiences/memories relating to your fans?
Well there are quite a few over the years that stand out. On our recent South East tour, we were in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and there was a couple from Columbus, OH. They knew of the band and we had a mutual friend back in Columbus. It was also her birthday, so I sang her Happy Birthday through a video they shot of us. This kind of thing happens all the time, and it makes you realize what a small world it is.
We’re looking forward to your performance at the 20th anniversary celebration of the Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival! What can fans expect from your performance? You can expect music that will make you move, feel, and hopefully uplifts you. Our music is all about connecting through the expression of love, social consciousness and a sense of community.
How many times have you performed at CBJF in the past?
We’ve performed for many years. Maybe 8 or 9 times?
What do you like most about the Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival?
I love the Creekside Fest because my brother Chris (on the drums), my dad Jim (on the keys), and I are all from Gahanna. So this is always a really special festival for us.
Got a #CBJF story? Email it to firstname.lastname@example.org and you just might snag some complimentary event wristbands. Take advantage of early bird ticket discounts and buy your tickets online here!