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Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival

By AlyseInWonderland, USA, June 2011

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Music fans, take note. In September, Boston hosts one of the country’s premier jazz events. The Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival centers on a daylong street party along Columbus Avenue in Boston’s historic South End. The street is closed for six city blocks to motor vehicle traffic and is lined with tents and food vendors, fun activities, and other regional fare.

The Jazz Festival takes place over the course of two weeks at different venues around Boston and the surrounding area with nightly events. Jazz, Latin, blues, and groove music is featured on three stages, and more than 100 vendors participate in the all-day festivities.

Last year, over 70,000 revelers came out to see the foremost artists, as well as up-and-coming students. A crowd favorite was the instrument petting zoo, in which the youngsters were allowed some hands-on experience and perhaps inspired to start making music of their own. The event’s theme was in celebration of the perseverance of New Orleans jazz culture in spite of the destruction of Hurricane Katrina.

The Jazz Festival organizers negotiate special hotel rates and discounted parking in the area for visitors wishing to stay for the Festival’s duration. Many performances are free while others range from $10 to $30 per ticket.

2011’s Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival promises to be just as electrifying as the last. If you’re in the Boston area around September 24th, be sure to check the schedule and see what great music and events you can attend.

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