Central Ohio residents don't have to wait until June 15-17 to get their groove on at the Gahanna Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival.

Central Ohio residents don't have to wait until June 15-17 to get their groove on at the Gahanna Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival.

Gahanna festival organizers are partnering with the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board to present a preview from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, June 1, at the opening day of Summer Fridays at the Statehouse.

Jazz pianist Erik Augis and vocalist Lisa Clark will provide the Blues & Jazz Festival sample with musical entertainment for the free lunchtime performing-arts series.

The outdoor series is presented on the West Plaza (High Street) of the historic Statehouse on Fridays.

Clark and Augis will take the center of the plaza and make it their stage as they perform songs from her upcoming CD, The Colossal Joy Project.

The CD, to be released in July, features favorites from some of America's greatest songwriters.

At 5:30 p.m. Friday, June 15, Clark and Augis will kick off the festival from the Jazz Stage, presented by Mount Carmel.

Presented by the Gahanna Convention & Visitors Bureau (GCVB), the festival will offer more than 100 hours of blues and jazz music on five stages.

Karen Eylon, GCVB director, said she's so impressed with this year's lineup that incorporates central Ohio favorites.

"We're very grateful for those who do the programming," she said. "They have a vision around the essence of the entertaining. They are taking it to another level."

The featured headliners for the festival are New York City jazz trumpeter Cindy Bradley, who will perform with Columbus' Urban Jazz Coalition, at 9 p.m. Saturday, June 16, on the Jazz Stage.Texas' 2012 Blues Music Award nominee, Kim Wilson's Blues All-Stars, will headline the Blues Stage, programmed by the Columbus Blues Alliance.

Over the past 14 years, the festival has evolved from a half-day event into a three-day family-friendly event, with five stages of entertainment: Creekside Community Stage, Jazz Stage, Blues Stage, Acoustic Alley and the Musical Discovery Zone Family Stage.

The festival location spans the area from Big Walnut Creek, with its Creekside Park and Plaza, into historic downtown Olde Gahanna.

Festival hours are 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, June 15; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, June 16; and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 17.

General admission is $4. Children under age 12 are admitted for free.

For a complete schedule, visit creeksidebluesandjazz.com or call the GCVB at 614-418-9114.