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2017 Arts & Jazz Fest rain dance

April 24, 2017

Two festival goers brave the muddy mess that was Quakertown Park. Though the weather was rough last weekend, it didn’t stop Dentonites and visitors from breaking attendance records. From the 2015 North Texas Daily story,

By Kathy Edwards McFarland

Well Dear Readers, the time has come to raise the tents and have some fun … the 2017 Denton Arts & Jazz Fest is this weekend: Fri, April 28, 3pm – 11pm;
Sat, April 29, 10am – 11pm; and Sun, April 30, 11am – 9pm.

Unfortunately for the past couple of years, my scooter, that I rely on for long distances, is not made for off-track, muddy conditions, and I found the difficult truth is I had to use the sidewalk around the park perimeter to not only get to the Jazz Stage, but I had to remain on the concrete for the performances. Anyone else using canes, walkers, those with babies and their strollers, etc., be forewarned. (High-heels are so not for this event!)

Please understand, I do enjoy Quakertown Park321 East McKinney (Corner of McKinney and Bell), and the Jazz Fest, but Texas weather does not always cooperate.

I have pulled up the DAJF Denton Accuweather forecastSevere thunderstorms predicted for Friday afternoon, strong thunderstorms Saturday and cool, partly cloudy conditions Sunday. (

So, I’m calling for full-on Woodstock conditions. The main Jazz Stage central area gets really muddy and soft. Trails do not accommodate scooters and strollers …

This year, the three-day, FREE event, with more than 3,000 musicians, artists and performers attract over 225,000 annually to enjoy the culturally diverse music and art, offers many reasons to brave the wet, Spring conditions:

Festival goers peruse the art on sale in the Denton Civic Center during the Denton Arts & Jazz Fest. Discover Denton. Original. Independent.

  • Friday night

Jack DeJohnette, Ravi Coltrane & Matt Garrison(Friday, 9:00 pm – Jazz Stage)

In a career that spans five decades and includes collaborations with some of the most iconic figures in modern jazz, NEA and Grammy winner Jack DeJohnette has established an unchallenged reputation as one of the greatest drummers in the history of the genre.

He is one of the most consistently inventive jazz percussionists in history, having emerged in the 1960’s playing with John Coltrane, Charles Lloyd, Thelonius Monk, Keith Jarrett and many others. Considered one of the most influential jazz drummers of the 20th Century, DeJohnette incorporates elements of jazz, free jazz, world music and R & B, making him one of the most highly regarded and in-demand drummers. FMI: Visit

  • Saturday night

Aaron Neville(Saturday, 9:00 pm – Jazz Stage)

Although Aaron Neville is often compared to singer Sam Cooke in terms of sheer vocal refinement, he has a voice and style uniquely his own. He is well known as part of the New Orleans sound of The Neville Brothers. Musically, of course, you know Aaron as a lover, not a fighter. The strange trajectory of his recording career began in 1960 when he recorded a single with producer/writer Allen Toussaint. FMI: Visit

  • Sunday night

Brave Combo(Sunday, 7:00 pm – Jazz Stage)

Trying to describe Brave Combo‘s music requires a pretty extensive vocabulary- at least when it comes to musical styles. For the past three decades the Denton-based quintet has perfected a world mix music that includes salsa, meringue, rock, cumbia, conjunto, polka, zydeco, classical, cha-cha, the blues and more. They are America’s premier dance band and a rollicking, rocking, rhythmic global journey­ offering what one critic recently wrote: “Even if you come for the party, you’ll leave with something of a musical education.”

The band is comprised of founder Carl Finch who was recently inducted into the Polka Hall of Fame, Finch sings vocals and plays guitar, keyboard and accordion. He is joined by Danny O’Brien on trumpet, Alan Emert of drums, Little Jack Melody on bass guitar and Robert Hokamp on guitar. FMI: Visit

*The Denton Festival Foundation, Inc. produces the event with the generous support of sponsors such as the City of Denton, the City of Denton Parks and Recreation Department, the Dallas/Fort Worth American Federation of Musicians Local 72-147 and many individual corporate and individual sponsors. It is because of these generous sponsors that the event remains free to the public.



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