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Published on: Tue, Jan 08, 2019

Arts & Jazz Gives the People What they Want for 39th Year

Grab your friends, your hippest clothes and your coziest dancing shoes for the jazziest fest around.

The 39th-annual Denton Arts & Jazz Festival will take place Friday, April 26 to Sunday, April 28 at Quakertown Park. The entertainment includes 3,000 musicians, artists and performers spread out across seven stages over the three days of this free, family-friendly festival. The Children’s Art and Percussion Tents will keep the kiddos satisfied while adults enjoy performances from thousands of jazz musicians from across the country.

It’s all part of the Denton Festival Foundation’s ongoing mission to provide the best event for the most people possible — including (and especially) people who may otherwise not be able to experience a fest of this caliber.

“It truly is a family event for all ages,” says Carol Short, Executive Director of the Foundation. “This festival crosses all social and economic barriers.”

The foundation works hard all year to raise money and keep the festival free — a common theme for Denton festivals. But for Short and her crew, it’s all worth it to see the smiles it brings to their fellow Dentonites.

The fest began in 1980 with the singular goal to bring high quality music and artisans to the masses at no cost. While it’s grown over the years, that commitment to excellent entertainment remains as steadfast as ever.

This year, the main stage music lineup includes headliners Ravi Coltrane Quartet and Brave Combo — both Grammy winners who will be joined by countless more acclaimed performers. These performers will continue another important tradition: can’t-miss performances in Quakertown Park. It’s these performances that Short knows Dentonites will be talking about for another three decades to come.

“People have grown up with the festival, and now, they bring their children and grandchildren.”

Denton Arts & Jazz Festival

Date: April 26-28, 2019

Place: Quakertown Park, 321 E. McKinney

Features: Three free days of live music, dance troupes, vendors, children’s activities and festival food

2019 Headliners: Ravi Coltrane Quartet, Taj Mahal & The Phantom Blues Band & Brave Combo

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