When the organization that produces the popular Gahanna Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival was looking for financing to purchase a mobile stage for their annual event, they came to the right place - Heartland Bank. The community-minded team at Heartland saw the revenue-generating potential that a portable stage could offer to that non-profit organization and helped them secure the funding. In the last nine years, the Heartland Stage has been used at various community events such as Red White & Boom, Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival, Marion Popcorn Festival, Westerville Sunrise Rotary’s Field of Heroes, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Gahanna Holiday Lights Parade, Grove City Arts in the Alley, and most certainly at the local Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival.
The 15th annual Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival (CBJF), presented by the Gahanna Convention & Visitors Bureau (GCVB), is a weekend-long celebration of fabulous music from local, regional and national acts, along with food, family activities and entertainment, amusement rides and an artisan market that takes place this year from June 14 to 16, 2013.“This great event has grown from being a half-day event into an entire weekend that attracts the best live blues and jazz musicians around,” said Laurie Jadwin, chair of the CBJF committee, “More than 40,000 people come from all over the region to enjoy great live entertainment in a family friendly atmosphere. To celebrate our 15th anniversary this year, we’ve pulled out all the stops to have the best lineup ever.”
With a history for bringing unparalleled blues and jazz musicians to Olde Gahanna, the CBJF continues that tradition with a 2013 line-up that includes Anthony Gomes, Brooks Family Blues Dynasty and Davina and the Vagabonds all headlining the Electric Blues Stage. On the Jazz Stage, presented by Heartland Bank, enjoy central Ohio favorites Marion Meadows with the Urban Jazz Coalition, Yumbambe and the Christian Howes Quartet. And, don’t miss the following Festival favorites on the Creekside Community Stage – Soul Kitch’n and Capital Sound among many others. In celebration of Father’s Day on Sunday, the festival will feature several father-son and father-daughter acts.
The three-day festival features more than 90 hours of live music and entertainment on five stages, delicious cuisine; artisans; amusement rides; engaging family activities at the Musical Discovery Zone; the Rising Stars Contest for young musicians; and the Sunday Father’s Day Jazz Brunch at the new Local Cantina restaurant, located directly adjacent to the Creekside Community Stage.
Don’t sing the blues about your financial future. Jazz things up and contact one of our community bankers at Heartland. You’ll be glad you did!