July 10-13 arts, jazz events announced

June 25, 2014  |  

summer festival logoA weekend of arts, culture and jazz is planned for July 10-13 at numerous locations around Downtown Youngstown and at Youngstown State University. Organizers from Youngstown State University, the City of Youngstown, Mahoning County Convention & Visitors Bureau, St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and Eric Ryan Productions  announced a variety of events planned for that weekend.

Events include:

  • The St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church Summerfest, July 10-13, 220 N. Walnut Street
  • YSU Summer Festival of the Arts, July 12 and 13, at and around Youngstown State University
  • The Downtown Jazz fest, presented by the City of Youngstown and the Mahoning County Convention & Visitors Bureau, July 12, Downtown Youngstown

St. Nicholas Greek Summerfest includes live music and dancing, food and Greek pastries, and a display of cultural memorabilia. Hours are: Thursday, July 10, 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, July 11 and 12, 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.; and Sunday, July 13, 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Admission is free.

The 16th annual YSU Summer Festival of the Arts will be held July 12 and 13 at and around Youngstown State University. Saturday’s hours are 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. and Sunday’s hours are 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The heart of the festival is the artists’ marketplace that showcases the work of over 75 local, regional and national artists selling original, hand-crafted pieces such as jewelry, paintings, sketches, sculptures, glass, wood and textiles. Artists’ work has been juried, or selected, from among all of the applicants.

Family activities are central to this event and include the popular hands on art tent where children are encouraged to create various pieces of artwork under the guidance of a professional art teacher. Dozens of music, theater and dance performances are also scheduled at the event which spans the entire length of the campus, from the McDonough Museum of Art to DeBartolo Hall. Numerous YSU departments will participate with activities and displays.

The Summer Festival of the Arts will also include the Festival of Nations, an ethnic festival welcoming over 20 ethnic clubs and churches that provide ethnic memorabilia, performances and food. Many local arts and cultural groups will also provide open hours and activities at their off-campus locations. Admission is free.

Kim Waters

Kim Waters

For the fourth year, a Downtown Jazz Fest will occur. Presented by the City of Youngstown and the Mahoning County Convention & Visitors Bureau, the concert will be Saturday, July 12, beginning at 7:00 p.m. The stage will be set up in the middle of Wick Avenue near the Square. Tickets are $10 each and available at the gate.

This year’s featured artist is saxophonist-band leader-composer-arranger-producer, Kim Waters. With the release of his 1989 debut album, Sweet and Saxy, Kim Waters was instantly established among the premier Urban Jazz hit makers. Now, after over two decades as a music superstar with 16 Top Ten and 14 #1 singles, 4 #1 CDs and sales in excess of two million album units, Kim has released MY LOVES, his 19th solo album and major label debut.

Inspired by such jazz icons as Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Herbie Hancock, George Benson, Paul Desmond and Cannonball Adderley, Kim was born into a musical family. The Maryland native picked up his first instrument, the violin, at the age of eight. “That didn’t go over well with the fellas,” says Waters, who later found his true calling on the alto and soprano saxophones at age 13. Shortly afterwards he began playing in a band with his brothers, James (who he still performs with) and Eric, and his old friend, jazz piano legend Cyrus Chestnut. Over the years, Kim Waters has shared stages with many of the best including Ray Charles, Al Green, Isaac Hayes, Phyllis Hyman, Gerald Albright and Grover Washington, Jr. to name a few. Critically acclaimed by major jazz publications, JazzTimes Magazine says, “Waters is simply one of the planet’s best saxophonists.”

More information is available at www.ysu.edu/sfa or by emailing Lori Factor, festival coordinator at lafactor@ysu.edu.