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GARFIELD AVENUE BLUES FEST

READ IT HERE • WEB ONLY ARTICLE Harambee Connection: Garfield Avenue Blues, Jazz, Gospel & Arts Festival Celebrates 11th Annual Event by Charlesetta Thompson On Saturday July 19 from noon to 8 pm, Garfield Avenue will be overflowing with an array of festivities from King Drive to 7th Street. The legendary Harvey Scales will be the featured attraction, accompanied by several of the original Seven Sounds. If you have never witnessed this gala event; you have certainly missed a treat. It is the meeting place for African Americans over 40, but there will be something of interest to everyone. The 502 Club is the central location for many club-goers all year. The festival will commence with a colorful balloon lift-off done by area day care centers and summer youth program participants; which will lead into the expanded children’s area located on the Garfield Avenue School playground. Attendees will experience a greater presence of street performers than ever before. There will be seven stages loaded with acts for your enjoyment. Main Stage (hosting a variety of venues) • Jazz Stage • Blues Stage • Children’s Area Stage •  Rhythm & Blues Stage • D J Stage ( New this year featuring Boppers & Steppers) Look for a smorgasbord of food booths featuring barbecue, grilled items, homemade ice cream and more to satisfy the palate. Local visual artists, jewelry vendors as well as community service and educational staff will be available. According to festival coordinator, Andre Lee Ellis, “The festival will provide a place to have a good and safe time for the entire family.” For more information call: 414-297-9787.