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Here Comes the 2017 East Lansing Summer Solstice Jazz Festival!

May 13th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

East Lansing Summer Solstice Jazz FestivalIt’s almost time for the East Lansing Summer Solstice Jazz Festival: June 23rd & 24th, 2017. Acclaimed local, regional, national, and even international jazz artists make this free, annual festival one of the season’s first must-attend events!

The Summer Solstice Jazz Festival is a free, two-day music festival. Attendees are treated to a variety of excellent jazz, activities, and special events, like the popular Kozmic Picnik & Second Line Parade.

The Kozmic Picnik is held on the lawn at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at MSU on June 24th from noon to 3pm.  Attendees are invited to spread out their blankets and enjoy an afternoon picnicking to avant-garde jazz. Musicians for the event are BassDrumBone, percussionist and composer Kahil El Zabar, and tenor saxophonist David Murray.

Directly after the picnic, the Gabriel Brass Band will lead the annual, New Orleans-style, Second Line Parade to the Ann Street Plaza. An activity area at the Kozmik Piknik will offer parasols to decorate for the parade. Costumes are encouraged!

2017 East Lansing Summer Solstice Jazz Festival Schedule

June 23rd
Founder’s Stage

4:00pm ‐ 5:00pm North Star Jazz
5:30pm ‐ 6:30pm Western Jazz Quartet
7:00pm ‐ 8:00pm Rodney Whitaker Quintet
8:30pm ‐ 9:30pm Dafnis Prieto
10:00pm ‐ 11:00pm Grupo Aye

MSU Outreach and Engagement Educational Stage
4:00pm ‐ 5:00pm JAMM Scholarship Quartet
5:30pm ‐ 6:30pm Zack Adelman Quartet
7:00pm ‐ 8:00pm Maureen Choi Group
8:30pm ‐ 9:30pm Phil Denny
10:00pm ‐ 11:00pm Laura Rain & The Caesers

Fieldhouse Sports Bar & Restaurant
10:45pm ‐ 1:00am Arlene McDaniel

June 24th
Broad Art Museum lawn at MSU

12:00pm – 3:10pm Kozmic Picnik w/ BassDrumBone, Kahil El’Zabar David Murray Duo
3:10pm – 3:30pm Second Line Parade w/ Gabriel Brass Band

MSU Outreach and Engagement Educational Stage
3:30pm-4:00pm MSU Spartan Youth Jazz
4:00pm ‐ 5:00pm MSU Jazz Studies Big Band Symposium
5:30pm ‐ 6:30pm Markus Howell Trio
7:00pm ‐ 8:00pm Quintet Ruby
8:30pm ‐ 9:30pm 496 West
10:00pm ‐ 11:00pm Twyla Birdsong

Founder’s Stage
3:30pm ‐ 4:30pm Planet D Nonet’s Billy Strayhorn Tribute
5:00pm ‐ 6:00pm Elden Kelly
6:30pm ‐ 7:30pm Ramona Collins Group
8:00pm ‐ 9:00pm Randy Gelispie, Fareed Haque, Tony Monaco, Tim Warfield & Michael Dease
10:00pm ‐ 11:00pm Orquesta Ritmo

Fieldhouse Sports Bar & Restaurant
10:45pm ‐1:00am Roger Jones & Higher Calling

Summer Solstice Jazz Festival

June 23rd and 24th, 2017
Ann Street Plaza, 230 Albert Ave, East Lansing, MI
Visit for more details and updates.

Summer Solstice Jazz Festival Lodging
Enjoy the festival or a day of playing in and around the Lansing area, then escape for an enchanting evening of food and relaxation at The English Inn Restaurant & Pub! Our Lansing area bed and breakfast is the perfect solution to your lodging questions for events like this. The English Inn Restaurant & Pub is located in Eaton Rapids, just a half hour from Lansing. Close to the hustle and bustle of the city yet world’s apart in it’s serene and soothing, old world style. Come discover the lush beauty of Medovue Estate in Eaton Rapids with a stay at The English Inn Restaurant & Pub.

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