FREMONT Terra State Community College is to present the Jazz and American Music Festival June 15 and 16, with performances in Port Clinton and Fremont.
This new festival celebrates American music styles from 1920 to the present with featured bands from the area and numerous guest artists.
"There are so many musical genres to choose from that have come from the birth of jazz and evolved into today's pop music that it's hard to capture all of the styles in just one weekend," said John Cipiti, Terra's rock and roll history instructor. "With our inaugural festival, we are primarily focusing our attention on jazz, rock, R&B, blues and funk this year, and look forward to focusing on many other styles such as gospel, country, folk, musical theater and more in the coming years."
The festival is to feature headliner Doug Johns, a funk bassist from Cleveland.
Earning rave reviews from Bass Player magazine and the bass community, Johns is a bass player, composer, clinician and bandleader. He has worked with Buddy Miles, Chuck Rainey, Grammy-winning producer Aaron Lindsey and others.
The festival opens at 7:30 p.m. June 15 with the "Jazz Legends" concert at the Port Clinton Performing Arts Center, 821 S. Jefferson St., Port Clinton. The concert is to be presented by the Terra State Jazz Band under the direction of Jeff Blanchard and a special jazz tribute group called the Regional Jazz All Stars.
Artists appearing June 16 at Terra Student Activities Center Stage (Building C):
Noon Gingley JoH, a rock band of various rock styles.
1 p.m. New Vancouver, indie rock and pop original band from Columbus.
2 p.m. Slow Burn, blues, soul, funk and R&B group from Toledo.
3 p.m. Obnox, nationally recognized multi-track duo featuring original vocals, guitar, drums and "controlled noise."
4 p.m. Blue Lunch, award-winning blues, jump swing, R&B and soul band from Cleveland.
Artists appearing at Recital Hall Club Stage (Building D):
12:30 p.m. Brian Lang Orchestra, featuring sounds of jazz from 1920-1940s.
1:30 p.m. Bowling Green State University vocal jazz groups, ensembles directed by Chris Buzzelli.
2:30 p.m. Uneiq, a gospel group featuring Justin Burel from Fremont.
Tickets are $8 at the door.
Several activities are planned for June 16 in Fremont. The festival moves to Terra State's Napoleon Road campus with two stages. A $10 fee covers all afternoon concerts.
At 3:30 p.m., Johns is to present a workshop open to bass players
and all musicians in Terra's Recital Hall.
The festival concludes with the headlining concert at the Strand Theatre in downtown Fremont with Johns. The concert is to open with The Doug Neel Project, featuring Tiffin native Morgan Steigler and Chris Buzzelli.
Admission is $10 at the door.
For more information about the festival, visit www.terra.edu/JAM2012 or call (419) 559-2233.