Written by Nathan Wertheimer
Casselberry, FL — Jazz comes alive at Lake Concord Park with saxophonist Steve Cole and keyboardist Brian Simpson coming to Casselberry for the Spring Jazz Concert and Art Festival at 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 25, 2017. This free event, sponsored by 102.5 WLOQ Orlando’s Smooth Jazz and the City of Casselberry, will entice all jazz lovers to gather and enjoy a spectacular evening at the lakefront park.
This event is only a short drive from Orlando. There are many routes to take to arrive at this event. Please check your GPS for the best travel route. Parking near Lake Concord Park is very limited. Here are some areas where one can park their vehicle and walk over to the park. There is plenty of parking at the Casselberry Target and Home Depot. It is recommended to get to this event early for the best parking spaces. There is a limited number of handicap spaces near the Casselberry Police Station and Casselberry City Hall public parking lot.
Don’t forget to bring your folding chair and or blanket to sit out on the lawn in front of the stage. Anywhere you sit will be the best seat in the house. Relax and enjoy some great jazz music from these well-known musicians. Coolers are welcome too. Pack your cooler with some great refreshing drinks.
Cole, a Chicago native, exploded onto the scene in 1998 with the album “Stay Awhile” that was produced by fellow Chicagoan Brian Culbertson. In addition to his work as solo artist, Steve has performed/recorded, with Culbertson, Larry Carlton, Rick Braun, Jeff Lorber, Jim Peterik, Boz Scaggs, and many smooth jazz performers. Simpson, an inspired keyboardist, composer, prolific studio musician and producer, has an eloquent style to playing sophisticated harmonics, bluesy overtones, and R&B flavor.
Brian had been the musical director for jazz saxophonist Dave Koz for close to 20 years, and his approach to music has made him first call to tour with many greats including Janet Jackson, Teena Marie, Sheena Easton, Stanley Clarke and Gerald Albright. Riding high on the 2017 newly released album Persuasion, Simpson is sure to throw in some new tunes, as well as all the classics.
Besides the music there are vendors and artisans selling and providing services. Check out the many local companies on hand. Just about all crafts and fine arts are hand made by the individual artists. Some items you’ll find are handmade soaps, candles, fresh honey, floral arrangements, artwork in and various styles. Plus, there will be some service vendors such as investment planning services, insurance brokers, and much more. Prices on items and services are reasonable. Don’t forget to bring cash. Some vendors may only take cash while others take both cash and credit cards.
One can’t forget the food. There will be plenty of food trucks on hand with a variety of food and drinks to choose from. It is unknown at this time what food truck will be at this venue. Prices range from $2 – $15 depending on what you order. On average a full meal can costs about $10.
Don’t forget there is another Casselberry Fall Jazz and Art Fest in the fall. For more information on this event go to www.casselberry.org . If you like this article, then like it on our Otownfun WordPress account. For more great events and places please check us out at www.otownfun.com .
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Sources of Information: Came from a Casselberry Press Release