"Thin Man" Watts Jazz Fest

Oct 21, 2017

12:00 PM - 8:00 PM

322 South Clara Avenue
DeLand, FL 32720
(386) 748-5280

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DeLand is gearing up for the "Thin Man" Watts Jazz Fest, an all-day event Saturday, Oct. 21, that will fill this vibrant, historic Central Florida town with a wide variety of jazz, blues and gospel acts. The Jazz Fest is named in memory of renown jazz saxophonist and DeLand native Dr. Noble "Thin Man" Watts. The Fest is a remarkable bargain for attendees, offering a day of jazz for just $10 in advance or $15 day of. Tickets are on sale now at www.wattsjazzfest.com, and at three DeLand locations (listed below). The Jazz Fest also offers a kickoff concert, an opening gospel concert, a New Orleans-style brass-band parade, and an after-party that are all free to the public. The Jazz Fest is a collaboration between the MainStreet DeLand Association and DeLand's African American Museum of the Arts (AAMA). Proceeds benefit both organizations, and also support the Watts-Greenlee Scholarship for music students at Daytona State College. Beer and wine are available for purchase at the African American Museum of the Arts venue, 322 S. Clara Ave. Beer and wine will be available at both festival stages, enhancing the experience for ticket-holders. The Jazz Fest took root in 2004, when the AAMA hosted an inaugural concert to celebrate the naming of the museum's amphitheater in Watts' honor. Watts himself attended, transported in a hospital bed from the DeLand nursing home where he spent his final days. Now, the annual Jazz Fest honors Watts and the DeLand area's cultural heritage, and celebrates Central Florida' cultural vitality. Da Vinci at 112 W. Georgia Ave., and the AAMA, at 322 S. Clara Ave., both in Downtown DeLand, are the two stages for the ticketed event Saturday, Oct. 21. Tickets - providing access to six acts on the two stages - cost $10 in advance and $15 day of. Children age 12 and under are admitted free.During the festival, the 300 block of South Clara Avenue in DeLand will be closed to vehicular traffic. Arts, crafts and food vendors are invited to set up along the closed street. Interested vendors should contact the festival committee by calling 386-748-5280. That's not all! There will be jazz and blues at six after-hours venues at Downtown DeLand bars and restaurants, including Sybil Gage's concert at Persimmon Hollow brewery, 111 W. Georgia Ave., across the street from Cafe da Vinci. Visit www.wattsjazzfest.com for a complete schedule of after-hours entertainment. Tickets are on sale now at the AAMA, 322 S. Clara Ave.; the MainStreet DeLand Association office at 100 N. Woodland Blvd. in Downtown DeLand; and The Beacon newspaper, 110 W. New York Ave. in Downtown DeLand. Or, visit www.wattsjazzfest.com to buy tickets online. For questions about the jazz festival, contact organizer Jeff Shepherd at 386-748-5280 or jeffshepherd14@gmail.com.

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West Volusia Tourism Bureau

116 W New York Ave
DeLand, FL 32720
(386) 734-0162

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