Jump and Jive through Old Town


Cue the music and prepare to transform your mood at the 24th Lansing JazzFest on Aug. 3-4.

The annual celebration of music and art will welcome first-time performances, local favorites as well as regional and national acts. Some performers featured at this year’s festival include the Mike Daniels Trio, the Sencalar/Glassman Quintet, Cindy Scott and Brian Seeger, Aguankó featuring Alberto Nacif, the Tony Viviano Trio, and Roger Jones and Higher Calling.

Art galleries from around the Greater Lansing region, unique retail stores and grand architecture will share streets of Old Town for the two-day event. This year’s KidzBeat zone features the Capital Area District Mobile Library Van, explore music-themed art with Michigan State University’s Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum and experience hands-on music-making. Enjoy the music from the TurnAround Lounge for $10 and view the stage from the designated prime location.

A research team from the Stanford University School of Medicine found that music engages the areas of the brain involved with paying attention, making predictions and updating memories. So, when we say prepare to transform your mood, we really mean it. The next time a good song comes on, take a breather and listen to it. Listening to music can be a complete health benefit, if not played too loud. The goal of the research was to get an in-depth look at how the brain sorts out a continual flow of information the real word generates; however, the research also gave evidence that musical techniques used around 200 years ago by composers help the brain organize incoming events.

So what better excuse do you need to get out and enjoy some great music at JazzFest?

Roughly 5,000 people from across the state of Michigan and nearby travel to enjoy the music performed, the great food, craft vendors, the beverage tent, activities and more. Join the crowd!

For information, visit jazzlansing.com.

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