Atlanta Jazz Festival: Free World Class Jazz of All TYpes

The Atlanta Jazz Festival is celebrating its 35th year this month.  If you've ever been, you know it is well worth dealing with the crowds and heat.  If you've never been, you will be amazed and grateful that Atlanta has a free festival like this.  It's one of the biggest free jazz festivals in the United States!

The Jazz Festival seems especially good for this Meetup group this year because the headline act on Sunday is international:  Afro-Cuban jazz by Tito Puente Jr. and Orchestra.  A sample here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdpJ-yAMro8&feature=relmfu

In addition to the Main Stage, they also have International Stage with performers from all over the world.  All day and all night long, there will be some great jazz of all types (smooth, traditional, international, etc.).  There will be performers from Switzerland, Israel, and more.  Some examples of the other performers who will be there:

http://www.piedmontpark.org/visit/directions.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKq-wM3nh7g

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBrsctSgpvQ

Even a jazz harmonica player, which is pretty rare:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Az_WSkKM5CU

The jazz starts at 1 and goes to 11.  The later in the day, the more crowded it gets.  Tito Puente will be starting at 9, but it will be close to impossible to find anywhere to sit by then.  The earlier you come, the more likely it will be that you can find a place to sit and locate the group.  I'm aiming to get there around 3.  I would strongly suggest you get there by 6.

The concert is free.  There are many vendors selling all types of food and drink.  You can bring your own food and drink, including alcohol, but no glass containers.  The festival is kid-friendly, but dogs are not allowed.  You need to bring your own chair or blanket.  Tents are actually allowed!

It's really best to take Marta since parking is so limited.  You will find lots of people walking to and from Marta and the park.  We can walk back to the Marta station as a group when the concert is over.  Use either the Arts Center or Midtown Marta Stations.  Info here:

http://www.piedmontpark.org/visit/directions.html

Finding each other can be difficult.  Yali and I will be giving out our cell phone numbers.  We could use a few volunteers who will be willing to give out theirs.  Once you get to the park, call use and we will explain where we are.  It would be best to look for the Main Stage and try to find an area to put down our chairs and blankets.  Once we stake out an area, we can walk around, enjoying the park, the vendors, and the music on the International Stage as well.

Hope to see many of you at this great event!

 

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  • Yali L.

    Hi everyone! We are straight out from the stage up on the hill need the vendor booths. In the shade!!! We have 3 balloons and a couple blankets with a breeze. Call Tom. [masked]

    May 27, 2012

  • Saleem

    Hi everyone, Saleem here...plz call or text to let us know where:[masked] See ya there!

    May 27, 2012

  • Ellen

    Am sending out an e-mail with phone numbers to call me, Yali, or Tom once you get to the park....

    May 21, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Won't meetup members be scattered around if we go to a festival? Just a thought since family members won't even stay together when they go to theme parks.

    April 29, 2012

  • Ellen

    Yali, it's in the big meadow at Piedmont Park. So yes, lots of room---except there are lots of people! Have to get early to get a space on the lawn. Depending on how many of us there are, we may have to sit in several small groups. There are places that we could find each other. I organized a Meetup there last year and was able to find people via our cell phones.

    April 28, 2012

  • Margot S.

    Must be why I'm so smart :-) I was raised on red wine from a very early age.

    April 26, 2012

  • George C.

    Your onto something Miss Genius... Perhaps that is why the European school kids are so much more advanced than the American ones... They graduate from high school and place out of Freshman year courses here in college!

    April 26, 2012

  • Yali L.

    Hahhaha, we might need to suggest to replace all the baby formular with the red wine then...........

    April 26, 2012

  • George C.

    Yali, you have so many questions because you like red wine ... new study out that two drinks per day makes people smarter!

    April 26, 2012

  • Yali L.

    Hi Ellen, I love this idea. However, is the place big enough and does it fit a group of people? and where we can get the group together and can they find us? sorry for so many questions.

    April 26, 2012

  • Ellen

    Oops, sorry! The jazz festival is both Saturday and Sunday, the 26th and 27th. Tito Puente is on Sunday the 27th.

    April 25, 2012

  • Margot S.

    I am a little confused, is it Sunday or Saturday 26th? Because Sunday is the 27th. I love jazz, so if it is Saturday, I can make it, but Sunday I have my family arriving from South Africa so would not be able to go. I am sure they would be too tired after a 15 hour flight here.

    April 25, 2012

  • Yali L.

    I LOVE jazz. !!! Great to know!

    April 25, 2012

  • Ellen

    Would any of you be interested in meeting at the jazz festival in Atlanta? I am planning to go on Sunday, May 26th. Will get there by 3. Buy some food there to eat. The headline act that evening is Tito Puente's band---Afro-Cuban, so definitely an international flair!

    April 25, 2012

  • Maia

    Well, I am hosting a fundraiser fashion show on May 19 at Blue Mark Studios in Midtown... This is to help little immigrant children to succeed in GA education system. I could probably work with the non-profit to come up with special tickets for this group... Just a suggestion... Maia, the Senegalese who hasn't met y'all because of daughter's recurring ear infections ;)

    April 25, 2012

  • George C.

    suggesting Double Zero... they have a lot of space, excellent drinks and food and reasonably priced. Only a suggestion, I am open to any place the majority decides... George, the Greek

    1 · April 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Peeps, not Peps.

    April 25, 2012

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