2019 Casselberry Spring Jazz & Art Festival Preview


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Information compiled and written by Nathan Wertheimer

Contemporary Jazz comes alive at Lake Concord Park with Dynamic performers Nelson Rangell and Steve Oliver at the Casselberry for the Spring Jazz Concert and Art Festival from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 2, 2019. This free event, sponsored by 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 are 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. It is recommended to leave your coolers at home.

Who are Jazz legends Nelson Rangell and Steve Oliver, as they both take the stage at this year’s exciting Spring Jazz and Art Fest at Lake Concord Park. Denver based Nelson Rangell has recorded with The Rippingtons, Chuck Loeb, Patti Austin, Tom Browne, the GRP All-Star Big Band and is featured on The Hang, an album by Don Grusin that was nominated for a Grammy Award. His discography now includes 17 CD releases and his two more recent unique albums titled “Red” and “Blue” have helped recognize  Rangell as an incredible virtuoso and one of the most exciting and diverse performers in the genre.

The jazz guitar phenomenon Steve Oliver has to his career credits: 11 albums,; eight top 30 singles; named “Debut Artist of 2000”; 3D, top jazz album in 3D in 2004 and was nominated International Artist of the Year in 2006.  More recently, Steve’s new release in 2018 of  Illuminate, the much-anticipated eleventh career album from multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer, continues to shine a light upon Steve’s highly successful career – one that has produced multiple #1 hits on the Billboard charts and countless radio staples over nearly two decades.

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 vendors on hand with a variety of food and drinks to choose from. Prices range from $2 – $15 depending on what you order. On average a full meal can costs about $10.

Then check out the 6th Annual Experience Contemporary Art Exhibit inside City Hall.  Stop by and meet the artists at the opening reception from 6- 8:30 p.m. See paintings, drawings, mix-media, sculptures, and much more. Show will be up for about a month. Most of the artwork shown is for sale by the individual artist. The Casselberry Art House promoting this show.

Don’t forget there is another Casselberry Jazz and Art Fest in the Fall. For more information on this event go to http://www.casselberry.org/index.aspx?NID=765 . If you like this article, then like it on our Otownfun WordPress account. Also, join to be one of our followers at otownfun on WordPress. For more great events, places, and articles, please visit us out at http://www.otownfun.com

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Sources of Information: First hand experience and Casselberry Latin Jazz & Art Festival website


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