Since 2008, the Bellevue Jazz and Blues Festival has been a local tradition. From June 1-5, locals will be treated to more than fifty free shows, produced by the Bellevue Downtown Association.
Headliners for the festival include Shemekia Copeland, and Etienne Charles. The rising jazz and blues artists will energize the newly renovated Theatre at Meydenbauer Center.
Shemekia Copeland’s contemporary blues and soul blend has touched many. She has sung with many greats including Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Mick Jagger and Carlos Santana.
Trumpeter Etienne Charles is an especially vibrant jazz artist with exciting new jazz directions. In his twenties, he is an assistant professor of jazz trumpet at Michigan State University.
Downtown Bellevue restaurants will feature local talent for the fest. Funk and jazz band McTuff kicks off the festival at Bake’s Place on Wednesday, June 1, with Lee Oskar & Special Guests on Thursday, June 2.
Festival ticket sales begin March 25 at www.BellevueDowntown.com via Brown Paper Tickets.
Complete information about the Bellevue Jazz & Blues Festival can be found at www.BellevueDowntown.com.