#MyCBJFStory: Sean Carney


To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival in Gahanna, Ohio (June 15-17), we’re sharing some of our favorite stories through a #MyCBJFStory series.

He’s an International Blues Challenge winner, world-renowned blues man, a devoted mentor and teacher. He’s been performing at #CBJF every year for the event’s 20 year history. And he’s one of our all-time favorites. Check out Seán Carney‘s #CBJF story … then mark your calendars to see him perform live on the Blues Stage (presented by The Union Bank Company) at 9:15 pm Saturday, June 16. #2018CBJF

Got a #CBJF story? Email it to info@creeksidebluesandjazz.com  and you just might snag some complimentary event wristbands.  Take advantage of early bird ticket discounts and buy your tickets online here!

#MyCBJFStory: Dave Teal



To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival in Gahanna, Ohio (June 15-17), we’re sharing some of our favorite stories through a #MyCBJFStory series.

If you’re a longtime #CBJF fan, you also may be a fan of the delicious food sold by Giant Concessions (a popular food vendor at the Festival). Dave Teal and his wife Becky Schwinn own and operate both the Brats/Italian Sausage booth and the Funnel Cake booth at the event every year. In addition, Dave is a longtime member of the CBJF Planning Committee. The dynamic husband-wife duo lead a busy schedule working numerous festivals throughout the year, making them experts at their trade.  We chatted with Dave to learn more about what sets the Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival apart for them.

How did you first become involved with CBJF?
We’ve been vendors at CBJF for about 18 or 19 years, but we’ve been in the food business for 33 years now. When I first heard that there was a blues and jazz fest, I contacted the founders, who were Fred and Gail Wood, at that time.  They graciously allowed us to set up our food stand and we’ve been back ever since!

What do you serve at your stand?
We serve brats and Italian sausage, and this year, we’re adding french fries to our menu. We also serve fresh brewed giant iced tea. We have a funnel cake stand at the festival, too.

What do you like the most about CBJF?
We work several different festivals, but I feel like the CBJF has the best crowd. The crowd is so mellow, and you can tell that folks are there to enjoy good music and have a good time. All the volunteers are wonderful, too. I’ve been a big fan of this festival since it started under Fred and Gail’s direction. They were wonderful people and started a fantastic tradition. Laurie Jadwin and her team have done a terrific job picking it up and keeping the people involved to make the festival work well. A big part of that success is their great sponsors. The City of Gahanna has been wonderful to work with, too.

What’s your favorite memory of the Festival?
We met our dear friend, Edward Jackson, at the festival many years ago. He was truly an angel who had the kindest spirit. We lost Edward a year and half ago but his spirit and memory is with us always, especially at the festival.

What made you want to serve on the Festival Committee?
I wanted to help make this a good festival. I really like everyone involved with this festival, which is why I continue to be involved year after year.

Why do you like serving on the Festival Committee?
There’s good, strong leadership and everyone does a great job at pitching in. I think it takes people staying together to really make things happen. It’s a really fun group that I like working with.

How do you think the Festival evolved over the years?
Every year, the festival keeps getting better. With every festival comes a lot of the trials and tribulations, so there’s always something to improve on year after year. The entertainment has always been really good, but somehow it keeps getting better every year. The music is truly wonderful.

Got a #CBJF story? Email it to info@creeksidebluesandjazz.com  and you just might snag some complimentary event wristbands.  Take advantage of early bird ticket discounts and buy your tickets online here!

#MyCBJFStory:  Scott McComb / President & CEO of Heartland Bank  


To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival in Gahanna, Ohio (June 15-17), we’re sharing some of our favorite stories through a #MyCBJFStory series of posts.

Scott McComb is President & CEO of Heartland Bank—and a big fan of the Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival. Scott’s father, Tiney McComb, was an instrumental supporter of the event from the very beginning. The event became a family affair for the McCombs when Scott joined his father in volunteering—along with his family AND the Heartland Bank team. As a result, Heartland has been one of the key #CBJF Sponsors for 20 years.  Scott and his Heartland Bank team were recently honored with the Governor’s Award for their support of the arts. Scott shares his personal journey in this video showcasing his #CBJFStory.

#MyCBJFStory – Becky Whittington


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To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival in Gahanna, Ohio (June 15-17), we’re sharing some of our favorite stories through a #MyCBJFStory series.

Becky Whittington, Events Administrator with the Gahanna Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) has lived and worked in Gahanna for many years. Becky has volunteered for countless events, including the Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival (CBJF).

Where did your #MyCBJFStory start?
I’ve been to at least 16 Creekside Blues & Jazz Festivals over the years. I’ve had the pleasure of helping with vendor move-in, working an expo and volunteering at a gate. Now I’m one of the lucky ones on the Visit Gahanna staff–and part of the team that presents the CBJF.

What is your favorite #CBJF memory?
In 2015, I was working an entry gate. In all the hustle and bustle of checking for wristbands, I didn’t always look up and see who was in front of me. I’ve been a longtime fan (since the 70’s) of John Schwab and McGuffey Lane, and I was stunned when a man came up to me and told me he was a musician but had left his wristband behind. That man happened to be John Schwab.  The world around me stopped as I shouted out, “You’re John Schwab?!!” Of course, I got him a wristband and let him in. Based on my reaction to him, I’m pretty sure he knew that I was a fan! In all the excitement, I failed to get a picture with him, but he came back through our gate after his performance and I was able to get a photo.

Got a #CBJF story? Email it to info@creeksidebluesandjazz.com and you just might snag some complimentary event wristbands.  Take advantage of early bird ticket discounts and buy your tickets online here!

Introducing the New #MyCBJFStory Series


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Visit Gahanna’s annual Creekside Blues & Jazz Fest is returning for its 20th anniversary from June 15-17. Traditionally held on the third weekend in June in the beautiful Creekside Gahanna (117 Mill St.), the event draws music lovers and devoted fans from across the region. What started with one small stage featuring some local performers (including a young lady singing “Annie” showtunes), the Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival is now recognized as the source for “Ohio’s BEST Blues and Jazz.”  The 2018 event will feature 90+ hours of live music on 5 stages, Craft Beer and Cocktail Tastings, dozens of food and retail vendors, the Giant Eagle Family Fun Zone, Amusement rides and much more.

In celebration of the 20th anniversary, we’re introducing #MyCBJFStory, featuring some of the great stories and memories of fans, founders, volunteers, operations team, musicians, and vendors –to give you an idea of what makes this event so unique and unforgettable.  Got a #CBJF story? Email it to info@creeksidebluesandjazz.com and you just might snag some complimentary wristbands!  Take advantage of early bird ticket discounts and buy your tickets online here!

Our first #MyCBJFStory features Bob Thomas — long-time member of the CBJF Planning Committee, Blues Stage manager and member of the Columbus Blues Alliance. If you know blues in Central Ohio, you likely know Bob. (And Charlie).

Dave Powers: Up Close and Personal at the 2017 Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival


The Gahanna OH Convention & Visitors Bureau is prepping for the city’s BIGGEST signature event of the year this weekend (June 16-18, 2017).  Richie Cole and the Dave Powers Trio will take the Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival Jazz Stage (presented by Heartland Bank) from 4:30-6 pm on Sunday to close out the 2017 event with an outstanding performance. We caught up with Dave Powers for a little Q & A about how he became one of Central Ohio’s most acclaimed Jazz musicians.  


When did you discover your passion for music?
I discovered my passion for music as soon as I heard my first note. I’ve had the same passion for music all of my life.

What influenced you in the beginning?
The record player was by biggest influence, and I would listen to whatever I could get my hands on. By playing records and listening to all forms and styles of music, my own playing style is shaped by whatever I’m listening to. If I wasn’t playing music and entertaining and performing, I’d be just as happy playing and listening to records.


Who inspires you now?
I’m inspired by anybody with a musically open mind. There are so many “genres” and labeled styles that pigeon-hole different classifications of music. My personal philosophy is that of Duke Ellington who said, “There are two types of music – good and the other kind.” My approach to playing and making music should transcend musical genres and styles. In other words, I’m just as happy playing polka as I am playing jazz, rock, soul or pop.
How would you describe your music?
I would describe my music as interactive, inclusive, creative, vintage, positive and emotional. Again, “transcending” styles, just like our country being a melting pot of different cultures with many different influences.

What’s your greatest achievement to date?
My greatest achievement to date is winning two EMMY® Awards – the first one for work that I did on the PBS TV Series “The Piano Guy,” and the second one for music for a documentary film about television pioneer Ruth Lyons. There are many other great achievements too, like producing album projects and traveling around the country doing corporate events and conventions. I really enjoy those too!

Do you have a favorite number that you like to perform?
I have many favorite songs that I like – it’s hard to pick one favorite number. It depends on what’s playing in my head that day, or what mood I’m in.

 If you had to pick a personal theme song, what would it be?
I don’t know if I would have a personal theme song, but my phrase that describes me is “Listen To This,” because that’s what I always say when I want to play a piece of music for somebody. It’s my often used catch-phrase. I have a CD release titled “Listen To This,” and my record label is LTT Records – the LTT stands for “Listen To This.”


What can Creekside Blues & Jazz Fans expect from your performance this weekend on the Jazz Stage?
It’s always a fun time playing at the Creekside Blues and Jazz Fest, and I’m sure that the people that come to see us will enjoy the energy and creativity that we will bring to our performance. This year’s performance will be especially exciting because the legendary alto saxophonist Richie Cole will be performing with us. I brought Richie to Columbus in February as a featured guest for one of my “House Jazz Concert Series” events at the Clintonville Woman’s Club, and I’m glad Richie was available to play Creekside with us.

Tell us about the artists who will be performing with you?
Our guest artist, alto saxophonist Richie Cole (originally from Trenton, New Jersey) currently lives in Pittsburgh after living on the west coast for many years. Richie has developed a trademark style of playing called “alto madness” and his background consists of having played with Buddy Rich, Lionel Hampton, Doc Severinsen and has recorded albums with Eddie Jefferson, Mark Murphy, Nancy Wilson, Tom Waits, The Manhattan Transfer and Boots Randolph to name just a few.  Dayton, OH bassist Chris Berg and drummer Louis Tsamous will round out the group along with yours truly on the piano.

Where can fans find you online – to learn more about your background and music?
My recordings are available on iTunes, amazon and CDBaby.com (keyword: Dave Powers), and my performance schedule, bio, pics and videos (also recordings) can be found on my website – davepowers.com


For a full schedule of 2017 Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival bands and artists (and their bios), visit CreeksideBluesandJazz.com.  The Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival celebrates it’s 19th anniversary in the Creekside District of Gahanna, Ohio (117 Mill St.), June 16-18, 2017.  It is presented annually by Visit Gahanna (the Gahanna Ohio Convention & Visitors Bureau). 

Chalk Goblin Scares up Artistic Fun at Gahanna Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival


Chalk-dragonsNew this year at Visit Gahanna’s 19th annual Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival (June 16-18) is the Buskers’ Bayou area (presented by Gahanna Rotary) featuring magicians, painters and chalk artist Chris Fry, the “Chalk Goblin.” We wondered …  how does one build a career creating temporary chalk masterpieces on pavement? So we caught up with Chris for a little one-on-one:

When did you start doing chalk art? 
I’ve drawn with chalk and pastels for years, but I first started drawing on the ground around 13 years ago.

What inspires your work? 
Mostly my own imagination — my head has always been full of trolls, dragons, and other weird creatures.  My daughters give me a lot of inspiration as well — I try to create images that they’ll think are fun and cool.


How long does it take (on average) to create one of your works? 
Depends on the size of the piece… On average, it takes 3 to 4 hours to get it to the point where I can call it finished.  If time (and weather!) allows, I’ll keep adding on until it becomes something more than I first pictured, which is when it gets to be fun.

Where have you created your works? (ie. Festivals/ events/ etc.) 
I’ve done chalk festivals like Via Colori in Columbus, Chalk About It in Dayton, the Columbus Arts Festival, and Chalk the Block at Easton every fall.  I’ve done chalking at other art or community events all across Ohio, from a food truck rally in Kenton to the Fourth of July celebration in Hudson to the Sternwheeler Festival in Pomeroy.  Last year, I did two nights of chalk art for Highball Halloween, which was a lot of fun.  I also do a lot of promotional and advertising chalk art for local concerts and events around Cleveland and Columbus. 


Which of your designs has garnered the most attention? 
My first year of the Easton Chalk the Block event, I did a large, bright red phoenix being ridden by three colorful explorers (my three daughters); to this day, people still recognize me for that piece, which makes me smile.  However, I once drew a concert promo featuring the logo for the band Journey, which they then shared on their Facebook page, earning me 12,000 likes, which was also pretty cool.  🙂


What are your favorite subjects? 
I like drawing dragons and other fantastical creatures.  Subjects like that allow you to have fun with color and composition without having to worry about it looking “realistic” enough.  I try to steer away from things that are too serious when drawing on the ground.

What can visitors expect to see from you on Saturday during the Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival? 
 Something fanciful and maybe just a little bit off-beat.  Something that will hopefully fit the mood of the music.

Any tips for folks who might want to try their hand at chalk art? 
Just go out and do it.  Don’t be afraid to not have a plan, and don’t be intimidated by the size of the space.  Just start drawing and coloring, and go with what feels right.  If it doesn’t turn out, no big deal; it’ll wash away soon and you can try again.


Do you have a favorite design that you created? 
Each time I finish a piece, that tends to be my favorite, until the next one.

Does the fact that your art is temporary ever prove discouraging? 
Only if the rain comes and it starts disappearing before I’m done (which has happened more than once).  Once I’ve finished, I just want it to stick around long enough for folks to enjoy it.  After that, I’m ready to move on to the next one.

Where can you be found on social media?
http://www.chalkgoblin.com   /  Facebook.com/chalkgoblin
Twitter @chalkgoblin.  I sometimes post to Instagram using @chalkgoblin, but I hate hashtags, so no one can ever find my stuff there.  🙂


See Chris work his artistic Chalk Magic in Buskers Bayou (located at South Mill & Granville St.) from 5-8 pm Saturday, June 17 at the Gahanna, Ohio Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival (117 Mill St.)  For tickets and a full 3-day event schedule, go to www.CreeksideBluesandJazz.com