The Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival (CBJF) is Gahanna, Ohio’s largest annual signature event–bringing thousands of music fans together from all over the country to celebrate some of the most talented blues and jazz artists anywhere! The 2019 CBJF will be held June 14-16 at Creekside Gahanna (117 Mill St.), featuring 90 hours of live music, performed by 50 bands on five stages … PLUS, mouth-watering cuisine, regional artisans and vendors, amusement rides, family activities and more! Now celebrating its 21st year, CBJF is recognized for delivering the “best blues and jazz in Ohio.”
This year, the popular Buskers Bayou stage will host a special “Comedy Hour” on Friday from 7-8 pm followed by a performance by magician Michael Kent at 8 pm. The Giant Eagle Family Fun Zone offers a free, family friendly area featuring hands-on crafts, games and activities. Family friendly activities include jugglers, storytellers and interactive musical workshops for kids. An artisan market, amusement rides, kayaking and other activities are also held throughout the three-day festival.
To jazz things up, new highlights this year include Cocktail Tastings on Friday with Noble Cut Distillery and Simple Times Mixers, and whiskey and bourbon tastings with “Whiskey Pete” on Saturday. CBJF will honor “Women of Blues” on Sunday with a performance by Vanessa Collier, a 2019 Blues Music Award Nominee–and several other local lady blues legends.
Other headliners include Joe Louis Walker, a Blues Hall of Fame inductee and four-time Blues Music Award winner, John Scofield, a triple Grammy award winning artist, and John Nemeth, a blues and soul artist.
Located in the heart of Gahanna’s Creekside District, the CBJF is set against a breathtaking background of parkland, fountains and waterfalls … and local eateries with patio dining. CBJF has something fun for the everyone: from listening to talented bands and kayaking along the creek, to enjoying a delicious dinner at one of the several restaurants located within the festival grounds, and enjoying activities with the kids in the Family Fun Zone.
Admission is $10 on Friday and Saturday, and $7 on Sunday. Admission for children ages 4-11 is $5 each day. Children under 4 and members of the military (plus one guest) with military ID are admitted for free. Weekend passes are available online prior to the festival weekend ($10 for children ages 4-11). Free admission on Sunday between 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. is available for each person who donates at least one travel-size toiletry item to benefit Gahanna Neighborhood Bridges. Ride-all-day wristbands are available each day for the amusement area.
The Festival is presented by Visit Gahanna and is made possible with the support of sponsors and the help of a dedicated corps of local volunteers. A complete schedule of entertainment, shuttle, parking and additional information is available at CreeksideBluesandJazz.com. Questions? Call 614/418-9114
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