Frequently Asked Questions

GRandJazzFest is a free two-day event bringing together notable jazz performers as well as highlighting up-and-coming artists for diverse audiences. The festival showcases a jazz headliner plus feature a wide and encompassing range of jazz artists and acts.

GRandJazzFest will be held at Rosa Parks Circle, a central location in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, Mich., where attendees can enjoy music, support local businesses and visit other Grand Rapids attractions.

The 7th annual GRandJazzFest presented by DTE Energy Foundation will be held on Aug. 18 and 19, 2018.

GRandJazzFest is for anyone who loves music, particularly jazz! Festival planners expect a broad and diverse demographic: young and old, singles and families, a great cross-section of our community.

GRandJazzFest will engage the public, support the arts and local businesses, and provide benefit to our community.


Who’s involved with GRandJazzFest?

  • Mike Frost is the chair of GRandJazzFest.
  • GRandJazzFest is a community event of the nonprofit organization “GR and Jazz.”
  • GR and Jazz board members:
    • Mike Frost, Chairperson
    • Krista Koster, Treasurer
    • Steve Hilger, Artists Selection Committee Chair
    • Desiree Foster
    • Rob Brandt
    • Robert Womack
    • Christina Arnold
    • Eddie Tadlock
    • George Navarro
    • Victoria Upton
    • Isaac Norris
    • Dee Washington

The GR and Jazz Board, from left: Dee Washington, Desiree Foster, George Navarro, Eddie Tadlock, Steve Hilger, Krista Koster, Audrey Sundstrom, Rob Brandt, Victoria Upton, Robert Womack, Molly Klimas, Isaac Norris (not pictured: Chris Arnold).

How can I find out about sponsorship opportunities?
Please visit our Sponsorship page.

How can I find out about volunteer opportunities?
Please visit our Volunteer page.

Is this the only festival of its kind in Grand Rapids? West Michigan?
This is the only free two-day festival devoted exclusively to jazz in Grand Rapids or the West Michigan area.

Who’s funding GRandJazzFest?
GRandJazzFest is funded by sponsorships, including by presenting sponsor DTE Energy Foundation, and personal and corporate donations. GR and Jazz, the fiduciary for the festival, is a 501(c)3 organization.

What kind of jazz?
The lineup will include big band, Latin, straight-up and contemporary jazz. The mission of GRandJazzFest is to provide a diverse range of music.

How many acts? Who will perform?
Ten acts in 2018! Visit our Performers page for details.

Who is GRandJazzFest for?
GRandJazzFest is for anyone who enjoys music. As jazz has a diverse range, so too does the audience. The festival planners expect an audience of diverse ages, races and cultural backgrounds.

Is there a cost to get in?
GRandJazzFest is a free event. It is available for all to come and enjoy live professional musical entertainment.

Will alcohol be available for purchase?
Alcohol will not be available at Rosa Parks Circle, however, the Grand Rapids Art Museum property nearby will feature an outdoor area where those 21 and older can purchase alcoholic beverages. Part of the festival’s mission is to encourage patronage of local businesses; there are many bars and restaurants very close to Rosa Parks Circle for attendees to enjoy.

How will the festival help the local economy?
The festival will help the local economy by using local service providers, encouraging the audience to stop at area businesses, restaurants, bars and museums during set changes, and by bringing in residents from other cities and states to Grand Rapids.

What is the festival’s history?
Please visit this page to learn more.

What is GR and Jazz’s mission?

GR and Jazz exists to bring community together through the jazz music art form. We strive to build awareness of and appreciation for jazz by supporting jazz events and jazz education in our community. Our signature event is GRandJazzFest presented by DTE Energy Foundation. GR and Jazz, producer and founder of GRandJazzFest, is a 501(c) 3 organization governed by an all-volunteer board of committed community leaders and jazz lovers.

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