Organizers of the Creekside Blues and Jazz Festival say the 20th anniversary presentation will feature the biggest lineup ever, with seven headliners – including multi-Grammy winner David Sanborn.
The others include Urban Jazz Coalition with guest artist Lin Rountree; Columbus Jazz Orchestra featuring Byron Stripling; Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band; Davina and the Vagabonds; Fabulous Thunderbirds featuring Kim Wilson; and McGuffey Lane.
There also will be a big change in terms of the operation of the festival, set Friday, June 15, through Sunday, June 17, as only one location will be available for shuttle pick-up and drop-off.
Laurie Jadwin, executive director of Gahanna Convention and Visitors Bureau, said for the first time all shuttles will provide pick-up and drop-off at AEP Ohio, 700 Morrison Road.
The free shuttles will run continuously during festival hours: 4:30 p.m. to midnight Friday, 11 a.m. to midnight June 16 and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 17.
"This will increase the efficiency of our shuttle operations and make it more convenient for guests, as they no longer will have to choose between parking lots or remember at which shuttle location they parked," she said.
"Guests who plan to attend only the Giant Eagle Family Fun Zone or amusement ride areas of the festival can take advantage of a complementary park and shuttle at Giant Eagle, 1250 N. Hamilton Road, which will transport them directly to and from those areas of the festival."
Free parking still will be available at Gahanna Lincoln High School and Clark Hall; however, no shuttle service will be available from those locations.
Visit Gahanna, also known as the Gahanna Convention and Visitors Bureau, serves as the festival's producer.
"There's such a wide variety of musical genres – soul, rock, pop, bluegrass, country – every genre you could want at this event," Jadwin said.
To accommodate Sanborn's performance and expand seating for guests, the Heartland Bank Jazz Stage and the Mount Carmel Creekside Community Stage are being relocated.
The Community Stage will be at North Mill Street, while the Jazz Stage will be behind Griffin Gallery on the south end of Mill Street.
The reconfiguration will allow a covered tent over the Jazz Stage, and provide prime VIP reserved seating for fans of jazz headliners.
Festival attendees will have a chance to purchase commemorative items in celebration of the 20th anniversary at the merchandise booth on Creekside Plaza.
Gahanna resident and artist/illustrator Kevin McGinn has designed a poster, T-shirt and an interactive mural for the celebration.
The mural, which people can paint on and wipe off, will be at the Creekside lagoon and be available after the festival is over.
A trumpet player is featured on all three of McGinn's works.
"Each one is a little different, but the same to keep it cohesive," said McGinn, who has his own business, Peabody Creative.
"It has been fun," he said. "I used to play saxophone and drums. I'm a musician myself. This was my way of giving back for what the community provides us."
Jadwin said other commemorative items would include a glass and jewelry.
"We'll also have a special photo booth, as well," she said. "There will also be a Velcro wall. I'm excited about that. It will be located at Town and High by the Blues Stage. I think it will be fun. The big kids need to have fun, too."
The Gahanna Rotary will sponsor The Living Statue, who will return to the festival on Friday.
"We still have plenty of volunteer opportunities remaining," Jadwin said.
A complete lineup and additional information is available at creeksidebluesandjazz.com, or by calling Visit Gahanna, 614-418-9114.