18th annual Jefferson Street Jazz & Blues Festival (JJBF) in Nashville

JJBFPICThe Jefferson Street United Merchants Partnership (J.U.M.P.) will kick off the
18th annual Jefferson Street Jazz & Blues Festival (JJBF) weekend with a Bridging the Gap Mixer: SoBro Block
Party. It will be held at the corner of 5th Ave S. and
Demonbreun. The Jazz & Blues Festival, will return to the
Bicentennial Mall & State Park on Saturday, June 16th.
Friday’s “Bridging the Gap: SoBro Block Party” Mixer will
feature performances from JJBF alums William Davenport
and Bizz & Everyday People. The event kicks-off at 4 p.m.
with an opening set featuring larger-than-life DJ Kid Capri,
who will come back at 9 p.m. to close out the night.
Saturday’s line-up for the 18th Annual Jazz & Blues Festival features Jazz, Blues and R&B acts from local legends, a
tribute to Blues great Nick Nixon, as well as national artists Clarence Carter and The S.O.S. Band.
“J.U.M.P. is excited to provide an upbeat sound to the Music City atmosphere on Father’s Day weekend. Nashville
may known for Country music, but we historically include soul-filled sounds of Jefferson Street,” explains Sharon
Hurt, President and CEO of J.U.M.P. “Having the Jazz & Blues festival in and around downtown, showcases the
many facets of Nashville’s music scene and we are glad to be a part of it.”
The schedule of events for Friday, June 15 includes:
· 4-7:00 p.m. Happy Hour (2-4-1 Specials)
· 5:00 p.m. Block Party Kickoff w/ DJ Kid Capri
· 7:00 p.m. William Davenport
· 8:00 p.m. Bizz & Everyday People
9:00 p.m. DJ Kid Capri
William Davenport
Singer-songwriter William Davenport has been lauded as a true balladeer and musical prodigy. His unique
sound and undeniable talent continues to pave the road for him in the music industry. Having shared the
stage with music legends in gospel, R&B, and jazz, Davenport was recently spotlighted in BET’s Music
Matters campaign.
Bizz & Everyday People
Wendell “Bizz” Bigsby-Church is an accomplished artist and songwriter who has played on Nashville stages
and shows around the country for more than 15 years. Bizz and Katrice Donaldson brought Everyday
People together in 2011. The band embodies dynamic talents from Nashville natives and all-American
transplants who all share a mutual love of music and performance.
DJ Kid Capri
Unmatched by any other, Kid Capri’s energy earned him the title as the most relentless, most relied upon
to rock a party, most dynamic and larger-than-life DJ in the history of hip-hop. Having survived every era
of hip-hop and emerging each time with a renewed sense of purpose, Kid Capri brings with him a
crowd-hyping type of entertainment. If people are sitting when he hits the stage they are sure to be out of
their seats and feeling the music by the end.
The headliner of the festival’s main event on Saturday, June 16 at the Bicentennial Mall is an Electro-funk group
known as the S.O.S Band. The schedule of events for Saturday includes:

12-3:00 p.m. Free Children’s Pavilion
· 3:00 p.m. Gates Open
· 4:00 p.m. The Total Eclipse Band
· 5:00 p.m. Gale Mayes
· 6:00 p.m. Richard Waters and the Sweetwaters Band
· 7:00 p.m. Nick Nixon Tribute (Jeremy and Jonathan Nixon)
· 8:00 p.m. Clarence Carter
· 9:00 p.m. The S.O.S. Band
S.O.S Band
Since their debut single, “Take Your Time (Do It Right)”, had two-million in sales, the S.O.S Band (Sounds of
Success) has been on the charts for years. Working with producer Leon Sylvers III and Jimmy Jam & Terry
Lewis, the band went on to record “High Hopes”, hit number 25 R&B in the fall of ‘82, “Just Be Good to
Me”, number two hit and the number five beatbox ballad, “Tell Me if You Still Care.” Continuing their gold
album hits, On the Rise became their second gold album, climbing to number seven R&B in the summer of
‘83. In the spring of 1986 Sands of Time (including the number two R&B hit “The Finest”) went gold and hit
number four.
About the Jefferson Street United Merchants Partnership (J.U.M.P.):
The Jefferson Street United Merchants Partnership (J.U.M.P) is a non-profit organization whose mission is “To
develop, foster and promote cooperative economic development through revitalization, acquisition, education
and public safety programs in North Nashville.” Today more than 200 individuals and organizations make up
JUMP’s active membership — all with one thing in common, keeping Jefferson Street alive and thriving. For more
information, visit JumpToJefferson.com. For more information, or to purchase tickets for any of the events
visit, www.nashvillejazzandbluesfest.com.

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