*Note* - For 2015 and the foreseeable future, the festival is no more.
The downtown streets of Edmond, just north of OKC, provide some of the better outside festival events in the metro area. One of them is the Edmond Jazz and Blues Festival, held each year on Memorial Day weekend at Stephenson Park. With great music, food and arts and crafts, this event has been going strong for more than 15 years.
Admission to the festival is free to the public thanks to a large list of sponsors that includes OU Medical Center Edmond, Fifth Avenue Agency, Integris Health Edmond, Kirkpatrick Bank, Parkway Cleaners, Parkway Men's Wear, Edmond Life & Leisure and many, many more.
It all begins with the smooth sounds of Jazz and Blues music. In the past, the performers have been varied but always incredibly talented. Such names as Shortt Dogg, Pinkie and The Snake Shakers, Garrett "Big G" Jacobson and Cecil Gray & Red Dawn Blues Band have graced the stage in recent years.
Bring your blankets and chairs to spread out and listen to the music at Stephenson Park on 5th and Boulevard. But don't worry about bringing food. There will plenty on hand for purchase including Hideaway Pizza, Sweet Reet's cinnamon rolls, and Two Moons' Indian tacos, funnel cakes and caramel apple chips. A number of beverages including frozen tropical fruit drinks, Coca-Cola and Budweiser products will also be available.
Festivals of recent years have included a growing number of arts and crafts booths. If you're interested in reserving a booth, call (405) 341-3321 for more information.
The 2014 Edmond Jazz and Blues Festival will take place Saturday, May 24th from 3-11 p.m. and Sunday, May 25th from 2-10p.m. at Stephenson Park on 5th and Boulevard in Edmond. There will also be performances held at the adjacent UCO Jazz Lab.
2014 performance schedule:
- Born N November (3:00 to 3:50)
- Roland Bowling Band (4:00 to 4:50)
- Shadowman Blues Project (5:00 to 5:50)
- Lindsay Lawler (6:00 to 6:50)
- Graham Colton (7:00 - 8:00)
- Hillbilly Vegas (8:10 - 9:00)
- Watermelon Slim (9:15 - 10:00)
- The Civilized Tribe (2:00 to 3:00)
- Born N November (3:15 to 4:15)
- Beat Smacks (4:30 to 5:30)
- Graham Colton (5:45 to 7:00)
- Hillbilly Vegas (7:15 - 8:15)
- Smilin' Vic (8:30 to 9:45)
For more information on the festival, contact (405) 341-3321.