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Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival

Gahanna dad, sons to perform on Father's Day

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Andy Shaw (left), father Jim Shaw and brother Chris Shaw are members of the Andy Shaw Band.
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The Andy Shaw Band, featuring two Gahanna brothers and their dad, will take the Creekside Community Stage at 2 p.m. on Father's Day, June 16.

The group is one of many bands that will perform during the 15th annual Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival, presented by the Gahanna Convention & Visitors Bureau, June 14-16.

Jim Shaw is the keyboardist for the band whose namesake is eldest son Andy, who is lead singer, writer and guitarist. Brother Chris sings and plays drums, and Jeff Bass completes the four-man band as bass player.

Shaw, a retired music teacher, describes the band's music as a kind of rock with a reggae feel.

When Andy, 32, and Chris, 29, were growing up, Shaw said, he took them to their music lessons.

"I always like to say I stayed out of their way," he said.

Both were active in Gahanna musical groups like the Gahanna Youth Symphony.

Andy graduated in 1999 from Gahanna Lincoln, and his brother followed in 2002.

"They're real good musicians," Shaw said. "But it takes more than that. They love doing it."

As adults, the brothers started making music together, and then Andy wanted to start a band.

"They needed a keyboard and bass player," Shaw said. "This started in our house, and it worked out OK. I've been playing since the band started a good seven years ago. They can't see themselves doing anything else."

The 29-year Gahanna resident said he's a player from a different generation.

"This is their music," he said. "I've had to adjust to that. To me, it's fun. I'm learning a whole new language."

Shaw, 66, grew up listening to The Beatles.

"My parents weren't musicians," he said. "They owned a restaurant in Lancaster called Shaw's. They had live music there. I grew up listening to that and loving it. I played in the restaurant when I was in high school. I also played the organ at church. I loved doing it and went through college doing it. I went to grad school in D.C. and taught music there and played in bands."

He also taught music for 19 years in Grandview Heights and currently teaches part time in Reynoldsburg.

In his retirement, he also produces music to help students learn history, math and science. His website is musicforclass.com.

"It's music for schools in the classroom, like Schoolhouse Rock," he said.

Shaw said he's noticed that younger people listen to "tons of music."

"There's so much more out there than when I grew up," he said. "It makes it interesting to me. It's like going back to school. It's great because you always feel young."

He said he especially enjoys playing the Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival.

"We always get a nice following here in Gahanna," Shaw said.

The festival is a weekendlong celebration of music from local, regional and national acts, along with food, family activities and entertainment, amusement rides and an artisan market.

"This great event has grown from being a half-day event into a weekend that attracts the best live blues and jazz musicians around," said Laurie Jadwin, chair of the festival committee. "More than 40,000 people come from all over the state and region to enjoy great live entertainment in a family-friendly atmosphere. To celebrate our 15th (annual festival) this year, we've pulled out all the stops to have the best lineup ever."

For more information, call the CVB at 614-418-9114 or go online to creeksidebluesandjazz.com.

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