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100 performers featured this weekend at the 30th annual Elkhart Jazz Festival

ELKHART, Ind.-Trumpets will be playing and the musicians will be singing. Elkhart is gearing up for their 30th Annual Jazz Festival which starts Friday evening.

The three-day long festival will have seven stages and more than 100 hours of music.

“Our theme for this year’s festival is ‘Why experience jazz in Elkhart? Because Elkhart has experience in jazz'”, said David Smith, Executive Director at the Lerner Theatre. “When you think of our history, we’re the band instrument capital of the world,” said Smith.

Aside from the live entertainment, there will be food vendors and fireworks to help celebrate the event’s 30th birthday.

Two stages are outdoors, with free admission. But the 5 indoor stages require a pass that you can purchase for $30.

Artists headlining the weekend include Ramsey Lewis, Ben Folds and the Elkhart Symphony and Terence Blanchard with E-Collective.

Penn, Goshen, Elkhart Central and Jimtown High Schools will also make an appearance on stage.

But with a large scale event, delays on the road can be expected.

According to our reporting partners at The Elkhart Truth, the Interturban Trolley will have several detours.


OUTBOUND

Orange – turn left onto 3rd Street, turn left onto Harrison Street, turn right onto Main Street, turn left onto State Street, turn left onto Madison Street, and then resume the normal route at Waterfall Apartments.

Blue –Turn right onto 4th Street, turn right onto High Street, turn left onto 2nd Street, and turn left onto Franklin Street.

INBOUND

Orange – Turn left onto Waterfall Drive, turn right onto Prairie Street, turn right onto Middlebury Street, go straight onto Tyler Street, turn right onto 2nd Street, and turn left onto Franklin Street.

Blue – Turn right onto Jackson Boulevard, turn left onto 3rd Street, turn left onto Harrison, turn left onto 2nd Street, and turn left onto Franklin Street.

Green (Northwest Loop) – Continue onto 3rd Street, turn left onto Harrison Street, turn left onto 2nd Street, and turn left onto Franklin Street.

Yellow – Turn right onto 3rd Street, turn left onto Harrison Street, turn left onto 2nd Street, and turn left onto Franklin Street.

For a complete map of the detours click HERE. 

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Some restaurants and shops along Main Street will have all hands-on deck to work the festival.

523 Tap & Grill on South Main Street told ABC 57 News that they look forward to the event every year because it’s a huge business opportunity.

All of their employees will be working the inside and outside area of the restaurant. 523 says they will have a tent set up outside near the South Main Street outdoor stage. For $5, you can have a drink and hang out in the tent. Or, if you eat a meal at the restaurant, you have access to the tent for free.

For the festival’s full schedule, click HERE.

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