A rebirth of the late Uptown Jazz and Blues Festival will make its debut this weekend in downtown Lafayette. Friends of Downtown also organizes the monthly Mosey Down Main Street events, as well as Beers Across the Wabash, and McCammon says members were initially unsure about committing to another event.
However, a late-night bar conversation became the final in Lafayette city looking for a friend McCammon says was needed to begin making plans for the first Star City Blues and Jazz Festival.
McCammon says avoiding the costs of booking large acts allows the first-year budget some flexibility. One of those local acts is the Scott Pazera Implosion, whose members are a rotating collection of whoever Pazera can find to jam. But he says the audience is only so big.
There's definitely enough going on, but there's only so many people that are able and do support it and it's hard to kind of make them come to every event," Pazera says. Bill Brose of the band Uncle Buck believes the festival could further the revitalization of downtown that began with the first Mosey Down Main Street twelve years ago.
Although Friends of Downtown has restarted a jazz and blues festival, requests to recover the canceled Dancing and Cruising in the Streets will go unfulfilled for. McCammon says the organization may consider it in the future.
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