Family Friendly Jazz Festival coming to Jacksonville's Woodstock Park this July
- June 23, 2021
Don’t Miss A Beat, Inc. (DMAB), the Jacksonville-based nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire and engage through artistic discovery, proudly announces it will host the Don’t Miss A Beat Jazz Festival at Woodstock Park – a family-friendly event featuring an incredible lineup of local talent performing alongside renowned headlining artists. The inaugural festival will take place July 24, 2021 from 1-9 p.m. at Woodstock Park in Jacksonville. Admission to the event is free to the community.
Showcasing a robust lineup of dynamic musicians – from homegrown talent to Grammy Award-winning artists – the Don’t Miss A Beat Jazz Festival at Woodstock Park invites families, couples and music-enthusiasts alike to enjoy an exciting combination of performances specializing in traditional jazz, Latin jazz, funk, and soul with the community as the heart and focus of the event. In addition to outstanding musical performances, attendees of the family-focused event will enjoy access to delicious offerings from local food vendors, inspiring work from the artistic community, as well as the PNC Children’s Tent – featuring a bounce house, children’s stage and more.
“Delivering on our vision to create opportunities that provide local residents with access to high quality performing arts,” said Ulysses Owens Jr., Artistic Director at Don’t Miss A Beat. “We’re excited to program a jazz festival that is free and open to the community, while featuring some of the best local talent in Jacksonville alongside international and national headlining artists.”
To kick-off the Don’t Miss A Beat Jazz Festival at Woodstock Park, participants of the DMAB Broadway Experience: Summer Edition – a six-week summer camp that exposes youth to the power and freedom of the arts – will take the stage at 11:30 a.m. to perform their production of “In The Heights” by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of “Hamilton” the musical. Culminating the end of this summer’s program, the annual summer camp is DMAB’s longest running program, and supported by the community of donors and grants from Kid’s Hope Alliance.
DMAB will announce its full festival lineup, along with additional details about the family-friendly event in late spring. To learn more about the Don’t Miss A Beat Jazz Festival at Woodstock Park, please visit DontMissABeat.org.
About Don’t Miss A Beat
Don’t Miss A Beat was founded in 2008 by Ulysses Owens Jr. and his family with the objective of helping suspended youths stay in school so they wouldn’t ‘miss a beat’. DMAB programming has evolved to include the performing arts, academic enrichment and civic engagement as well as job skills training for parents. In 2010, with help from City Councilman Warren Jones, DMAB was selected by the City of Jacksonville and JaxParks to be “in residence” at the J.S. Johnson Community Center’s Youth Room in Jacksonville. Then in 2015, the City offered up the Edith Brown Ford community center to DMAB so that they had the space and capacity to help even more youth through their arts and academic enrichment programs. The mission of Don’t Miss A Beat, Inc. is to blend music, art, academic achievement, and civic engagement to inspire and enlighten children and teens in the Riverside, Brooklyn and Woodstock communities. To learn more about Don’t Miss A Beat, visit DontMissABeat.org.
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