Jazz festival to come to Tallahasse Museum

The city of Tallahassee is coming down with a case of the blues.

The Tallahassee Museum is presenting the Jazz & Blues Festival on Saturday and Sunday. The two-day event will include performances from local bands such as the Tallahassee Community College Jazz BandYellow Dog Jazz Band, the Thomas University Jazz Ensemble and many more.

The event will be held outside at the museum, allowing guests to relax and enjoy jazz and blues music under the trees.

The festival strives to provide the community with education and cultural experience in efforts to supplement the Tallahassee Museum’s mission. The event will allow guests to experience music styles from contemporary Jazz to R&B.

The festival is free for members of the Tallahassee Museum. For nonmembers, the prices are $9 for adults, $8.50 for senior citizens and college students with a valid ID,  $6 for children ages 4-15 and children ages 3 and under are free.

“The price sounds pretty reasonable to me,” said Lovelyns Nacier, a senior business administration student from Miami.”I definitely wouldn’t mind going.”

Guests have the option to save on Saturday with the combo ticket. The all-day combo ticket includes both the Pioneer Breakfast and the opening day of the Jazz & Blues Festival. The combo ticket is $12 for adults and $10 for children.

Amber Smalley, membership and marketing manager for the Tallahassee Museum, hopes that attendees get out early to enjoy the Pioneer Breakfast. 

She said the breakfast begins Saturday at 7 a.m. and that it’s an all-you-can-eat fundraiser on the Museum’s Big Bend Farm. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for children.

With the many different options to experience at the Jazz & Blues Festival, Smalley wants people to enjoy all of the activities the Tallahassee Museum has to offer.

“We hope guests have an enriching experience at the festival as they enjoy dancing, zip lining, visiting the animal and art exhibits and the other fun activities happening on the pioneer farm,” Smalley said.

Velinda Utile, a senior occupational therapy student from Miami, was unaware of the zip-lining activity at the museum.

“That sounds very interesting,” Utile said. “It forces you to step outside of your boundaries.”

The Tallahassee Museum, located on 3945 Museum Drive, has existed for more than 50 years. The 52 acres of land also offers a museum store, workshops and beautiful scenery.

On Saturday, the festival is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, it runs from noon to 4 p.m.

For more information, contact the Tallahassee Museum at 850-575-8684.jazzandblues

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