LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Crews spent Friday afternoon 'jazzing' up the streets of Downtown Lafayette for this year's 8th annual 'Uptown Jazz and Blues Festival.'
Festival Director, Scott Freeman, said crews have been planning this weekends event since last year.
“Basically we took this year's event and started from scratch,” Freeman said. “We thought that we needed to give it a complete makeover but not lose the integrity or the charm of what this event is all about.”
"It's kind of a down home, back alley, private little party atmosphere rather than a big festival,” graphics director Jay Bushman said.
"We've got local bands, we've got regional bands, we've got national acts and we've got international acts,” Freeman said. “These guys are amazing and the fact that they're coming here to our stage is really cool."
But Freeman said don't only get you're dancing shoes ready, you'll also want your taste buds 'jazzed' up for the event, too.
"You can't have a jazz and blues festival without BBQ, right?” Freeman said. “BBQ will be set smelling up the area, Arni's will be here, Cold Stone will be here. As people come Downtown, they're going to be exposed to this really cool, hip jazz and blues joint. We're going to take 5th street and turn it into a jazz club and there are all kinds of cool surprises.
The festival runs Friday evening from 5 until midnight.
It's located at 5th and Main Streets in Downtown Lafayette.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for kids under 12.
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