PARK BOULEVARD — The Bronzeville Jazz Fest, a free event honoring the area’s illustrious past, will take over King Drive this weekend.
The fest will run from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday on King Drive, between 37th and 39th streets.
Organized by producer Frank Goss III, the day-long lineup will include performances from Reggie Foster, Audley Reid, Willie Fultz and Julia Huff, a TV journalist-turned jazz vocalist whose style has been compared to icons Nancy Wilson and Sarah Vaughn.
The fest will also give attendees a chance to learn more about mental health issues ranging from anxiety to depression. Event emcee and psychologist Dr. Balin A. Durr will share information and resources between artist’s sets.
“Chicago has such a rich history of jazz and this year’s fest showcases the diverse tapestry of jazz and nurtures the next generation of jazz performers in our great city,” Goss said. “We are also honored to have Dr. Durr join to share her expertise and holistic-collaborative approach to mind-body wellness.”
Harold’s Chicken and Anointed Appetite are among the list of food vendors for the event, which is sponsored by AARP, Bronzeville Helping Hand and the Bronzeville Mariano’s. The supermarket will also share samples from local favorites like Two Fish To-Go, Tastetelli, Signature Sweets Factory and Solomon’s.
All attendees over 14 will receive a limited inaugural edition non-fungible tokens upon entry.
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