FJF - Celebration

The Franklin Jazz Festival is a celebration of the American art form known as Jazz.  Proudly presenting the best local, regional, and national talent.  This event is made possible through the support of the local community and businesses. Beside live music, there are kids activities, vendors, food and fun.  Come enjoy the 22nd annual event.  A portion of all profits of the Franklin Jazz Festival is proudly benefitting the Gear Foundation.

22nd Annual Franklin Jazz Festival
Labor Day Weekend, September 3rd & 4th, 2011
On the Square in Historic Downtown Franklin, TN
A portion of all profits benefiting
The GEAR Foundation

General Information 

     The 2011 Franklin Jazz Festival produced by Zia Music Production is celebrating its twenty second year. The festival has the distinction of being not only one of the longest running, but also one of the top jazz festivals in the Southeast. In addition to providing great musical entertainment and food, the jazz festival helps to raise awareness and money for the non-profit organization, the GEAR foundation. Located in downtown Franklin, the mission of the GEAR Foundation is to provide individuals with disabilities work experiences, which will enable them to discover and develop their unique capabilities and potential, and to help them achieve the highest degree of independence and self-respect. The GEAR Foundation is an effective and recognized asset of the Franklin community.
The 2010 festival drew an estimated 10,000 people for the two-day event. Additions to this year’s event include:
1) A larger “Jazz Café” (beer and wine tent) within view of the Main Stage.
2) A different location for the Main Stage (now in front of Green Bank on the square)
3) A Kids Zone that opens at noon that includes inflatable’s, a petting zoo and junior’s area.
4) More Vendor’s, specifically artist, in an “All Things Art” Section

Saturday night’s headliner is “C.J. Chenier and The Red Hot Louisiana Band.” Sunday night’s headliner is The Nashville Jazz Orchestra featuring Blue Lou Marini, (of the Blues Brother’s) and Charles “Wig” Walker (of the Dynamite’s).
Food favorites include Begley’s dogs, Ace’s Kettle Korn, Pig-N-Pie, European Tastes (Greek food), Mountain Jim’s ice cream and Secret Blends juice drinks. Live music in the “Jazz Café” is in between acts on the Main Stage so that there is continuous live music during the event. The gates open at 4pm with music beginning in the “Jazz Café” at 5pm and on the Main Stage at 6pm. The Headliner on both days performs at 8:30pm. The event ends at 10pm. 8 groups total will partake in the two days.
Metal collector pins will be used this year for admission and are available in advance on the web site or at “Shuff’s Music”, a festival sponsor, on 3rd Avenue North, just off of the square. Admission for the festival is eight dollars in advance, ten dollars at the gate. Twelve and under and all active military (with ID) are free.

The purpose of The GEAR Foundation is to equip hardworking people with disabilities to be successful participants in their communities. GEAR strives to provide individuals with disabilities, work experiences which will enable them to discover and develop their unique capabilities and potential, and to help them achieve the highest degree of independence and self respect.
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This event is produced byZia Music Production, LLC
Zia Music Production has been in existence since 1988 providing music and entertainment for private events, conventions, and trade shows. In 1999, Zia moved on to coordinating all entertainment for numerous festivals as well as providing sound, staging and production. Zia strives to provide quality entertainment for the community while providing a positive work environment for the artists.