The Freeman Stage at Bayside is gearing up to host its third annual Arts and Jazz Festival, beginning Friday, July 30, at 4 p.m. The free two-day event runs until 8 p.m. on Friday and from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 31.
The festival, which showcases live jazz performances and the work of local artists, is a favorite of area residents, according to organizers.
“This event is a wonderful celebration of art and artistic expression,” said Patti Grimes, vice president of outreach and programming for the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation.
“We will have an array of art vendors, including painters, photographers, jewelry-makers and potters, displaying their creative work,” Grimes noted, “with jazz artists performing throughout the day and evening.”
The event will also showcase “The Art of Food” - a cooking demonstration conducted by local chefs, as well as a wine-tasting.
This year’s festival will feature several well-known area jazz groups, such as the Jazz All Stars, the Joe Baione Sextet and the Pam Miller Band. New to the festival will be the Big Band music of Radio King Orchestra from Washington, D.C.; the eclectic jazz rhythms of the Swingin’ Swamis from Baltimore; and the smooth jazz sounds of Gregg Karukas. Karukas was recently nominated for an American Smooth Jazz Award as “Best Keyboardist.”
The Jazz All Stars will kick off the third annual Arts & Jazz Festival at Bayside, performing from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, followed by the Joe Baione Sextet from 6 to 8 p.m. On Saturday, the Pam Miller Band will perform from noon to 2 p.m.; the Radio King Orchestra will perform from 2 to 4 p.m.; and the Swingin’ Swamis from 4 to 6 p.m. Gregg Karukas will hit the stage on Saturday evening, playing from 6 to 8 p.m.
Food and drinks, including beer and wine, will be available throughout the festival at the Freeman Café. Because the festival is being held outdoors, inclement weather may cause some cancelations. For the latest information about the festival, call (302) 436-3015 or visit www.freemanstage.org for a complete listing of events for the season.
The Freeman Stage at Bayside provides arts and entertainment open to the general public throughout the summer and fall. A majority of the events are free. The stage is located in the Bayside Community, located at the intersection of Routes 54 and 20.