Fort Langley – Fort Langley is about to get its first ever outdoor jazz and arts festival this summer on Saturday, July 28.
The first annual Fort Langley Jazz & Arts Festival was announced Saturday at a kick-off event in front of the Fort Langley Community Hall amongst performances by a local Dixieland jazz band, RazzMaJazz Ensemble and Kwantlen First Nations elder Farley Antone, who performed a song to bless the festival.
The free community festival will include a diverse line-up of professional jazz bands on two outdoor stages, busker performances featuring rising talent from across the Fraser Valley and a Tribute to Motown dance and show in the evening.
Musical acts set to perform include Van Django, Rumba Calzada, Miles Black Quartet with guest vocalist and rising talent, Julia Copeman-Haynes, the Wow Jazz Orchestra, the City Soul Choir, Louie Quinn Band, Q5 and the Murray Porter Blues Band.
Alongside the music, the festival will feature a self-guided artwalk of local art galleries and studios, clay sculpture demonstrations by local artist, Elaine Brewer-White and a clay station where attendees can help build Fort Langley Jazz Town.
Art studios and galleries to tour on the artwalk include: Elaine Brewer-White Ceramic Studio, Judy Nygren Studio, Susan Gallick Studio, Fort Finery, Number 52 Studio and Gallery, Brandon Gabriel at Lelem Art & Cultural Cafe , Janice Robertson and Alan Wylie Studios, F.L.A.G., the Fort Gallery, Linda Muttit Studio, The
Kube Gallery and Kizmit Gallery.
For more information about the festival, including volunteer and busker opportunities, visit www.fortlangleyjazzfest.com