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:
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:
Even a jazz harmonica player, which is pretty rare:
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:
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!