13th Annual Blues & Jazz Festival Bringing infectious rhythms, soulful sounds and high energy pe

13th Annual Blues & Jazz Festival

Bringing infectious rhythms, soulful sounds and high energy performances to York County, SC

ROCK HILL, SC – Celebrate the roots of modern music with infectious rhythms, soulful sounds, and high energy performances at the Arts Council of York County’s 13th Annual Blues & Jazz Festival. Events kick off with a free event at Springmaid Park in Baxter Village on Thursday, October 5, 2017 from 7-10 PM with Leslie and Friends. On Friday, October 6, the Blues & Jazz Festival returns to Old Town Rock Hill where festival-goers can enjoy live music at eight of Old Town's restaurants & venues throughout the night.

The 13th Annual Blues & Jazz Festival

October 5 – 6, 2017


Thursday, October 5, 2017 | 7-10 PM | FREE


The Blues & Jazz Festival kicks off in Baxter Village's Springmaid Park again in 2017!

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Leslie and Friends kicks off the Festival in Baxter Village's Springmaid Park. Their name may sound familiar - they've brought down the house at the Arts Council's Annual Gala and they tore it up at the City Club and had people dancing in the streets a few years ago. Leslie's signature clear and sultry tones, expansive range and expressive delivery defy categorization, expertly lending themselves to a diverse repertoire befitting any performance atmosphere. Leslie exudes joy and happiness when she is performing, and anyone who has the pleasure of hearing her will feel the same.


Friday, October 6 | 7 – 11 PM | $10


The Arts Council welcomes Mac Arnold & Plate Full O' Blues to McHale's Irish Pub. Mac Arnold is a South Carolina bluesman who has always been in the right place at the right time - playing with Muddy Waters, Otis Redding, and BB King. He produced Soul Train with Don Cornelius, and he even played bass on Sanford and Son with Redd Foxx.

Returning favorites include the Frost Meccia Duo, who brought their smooth tones to Amélie's in 2016, and the Letron Brantley Du

o who captivated audiences at The Flipside Restaurant. Dante Lewis and J'Michael Peeples are also bringing their dulcet tones to the Festival again in 2017. Last, but definitely not least, the Arts Council is excited to announce the return of Plair to the Festival!

New to the Festival in 2017, the Abe Reid Trio brings savory old school blues whipped into sweaty, gritty, steady-rockin', musical dynamite at Millstone Pizza + Taphouse. At Amélie's, see the Amos Hoffman Duo - pioneers in fusing the rhythms and melodic themes of the Middle East with modern jazz!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED | 2-hour shifts are available during the Restaurant Crawl on October 7. Volunteers will be checking admission bracelets, and will receive a bracelet for entry to the festival either before or after their shift. Contact the Arts Council at (803)328-2787 for more information.

The Arts Council is headquartered in downtown Rock Hill, a state-recognized cultural district. For more information on Arts Council events, contact the Arts Council of York County at 803-328-2787, by email at arts@yorkcountyarts.org, or visit our webpage at http://www.yorkcountyarts.org.