Mychael Wright, the owner of Golden Thyme Coffee Shop, who is the “father of the fest” has described JazzFest as “the biggest backyard party in St. Paul.”
“It [the 6th Annual Selby Avenue JazzFest] should really be a fantastic day,” said Selby Area CDC’s project manager Sara Reller. The JazzFest will be held on Saturday, September 8 from noon to 8pm at the corner of Selby and Milton in St. Paul.
Dick and Jane’s Big Brass Band will kick the day off, by playing music from a bus driving along Selby Avenue. They will be followed by a lineup of jazz, Caribbean style music, salsa, hip-hop – music for everyone. Wayne McFarlane, headliner, will close the event.
The main feature of the day will be the music, but the JazzFest vendors will have state fair food with a soul food twist and many handcrafted items for sale. New this year will be a health zone where organizations will provide information on various health issues, such as how to stop smoking. Free blood pressure testing will also be available. Also new this year will be a wandering kid zone with clowns, magicians and games for small children.
Admission to the Selby Avenue JazzFest is free. For more information go to www.selbyareacdc.org/jazzfest.