Mt. Vernon, NY, and Martha’s Vineyard, MA, June 27, 2014—Now is the time for lovers of jazz, blues and surf to mark their calendars and purchase tickets for the 2014 Martha’s Vineyard Jazz & Blues Summerfest (http://mvjazzbluessummerfest.com), Labor Day weekend, Friday, August 29, in the historic Union Chapel, 55 Narragansett Avenue, Oaks Bluffs, and Saturday, August 30, in the Old Whaling Church, 89 Main Street, Edgartown. Tickets are $35, $45, $75 and more and can be purchased online at www.ticketsmv.com; for more information call 914.363.9299, ext. 384.
Martha’s Vineyard Jazz & Blues Summerfest is a production of Lewis & Kirk Productions, a division of Lewis and Kirk Music, Inc. A portion of the proceeds from Summerfest will benefit regional breast cancer networks and other local organizations assisting women who are receiving cancer treatments.
Sheila Baptista, Summerfest’s founder and President of Lewis and Kirk Music, reports that this year’s line-up will feature the return of some audience favorites, Grammy winners and emerging artists. The Friday, August 29, show at Union Chapel features the return of Andrea & James and the AndJam Band (wwww.andjam.com), led by Andrea and James Rohlehr, Amanda Ruzza (www.amandaruzza.com) and The Berklee College of Music Rainbow All-Stars directed by Tia Fuller (www.berklee.edu). Ruzza, a Brazilian bassist, and the Rainbow All-Stars are making their Summerfest debuts. The Saturday, August 30, show at the Old Whaling Church features audience favorite Sage, an all women’s jazz and blues ensemble, and Summerfest newcomer Jazzmeia Horn (www.theartistryofjazzhorn.com). Horn is the 2013 winner of the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition and recipient of the Sassy Award. Baptista expects to announce the complete schedule in July.
“Sponsorships are important to Summerfest’s success,” Baptista said. “To lead our sponsorship efforts we have selected ubConnections (www.ubconnections.com), headed by Wanda Pendelton. Wanda has worked with Time Warner Cable, AMC Theatres, Newark Black Film Festival and Jazz in the Garden.” Sponsorships and advertising opportunities for this year’s festival are still available. For information contact Pendelton at 201-471-0225 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“This is our fifth year and greater attendance is expected due to Summerfest increased popularity and our partnerships with Harlem Fine Arts Show (www.hfas.org), Entergy Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station (http://www.pilgrimpower.com/), G&K Sweet Foods (www.gksweetfoods.com), LLC, and Corizon Health. The Harlem Fine Arts Show is on Martha’s Vineyard August 7 – 11 at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School, 100 Vineyard Haven Road, Oak Bluffs, MA.
In addition to online purchases, tickets can also be purchased at ArtsWestchester (http://artswestchester.org), 31 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains, NY, 914.428.4220; JRI Travel, 27 East Third St., Mt. Vernon, NY, 914.664.1515/914.500.3024; Sadhana Tea house, 65 Gramatan Ave., Mt. Vernon, NY, 914.667.1752; and Sheila Allen Styles, 41-A Main St., Edgartown, MA, 508.627.3363.
About Martha’s Vineyard Jazz & Blues Summerfest
The festival is designed to celebrate women in the jazz, blues and contemporary arts and support breast cancer treatment initiatives.
About Lewis and Kirk Music – Lewis and Kirk Productions
Lewis & Kirk is an unlimited music enterprise engaged in the provision of professional music and entertainment services throughout the United States and abroad. The talented musicians and vocalists in the Lewis & Kirk Family represents the finest in the performing arts and always endeavor to deliver outstanding performance in any venue.