The beat went on in Gahanna June 14-16, despite some inclement weather during the annual Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival.

Laurie Jadwin, executive director of Visit Gahanna, said the 21st annual festival attracted great crowds for the Urban Jazz Coalition on June 14, to kick off Gahanna's annual signature event.

The Gahanna Convention and Visitors Bureau, also known as Visit Gahanna, is the producer of the festival that features more than 90 hours of live music and entertainment on four stages.

The festival is held rain or shine and brought in a crowd for four-time Blues Music Award winner Joe Louis Walker, who headlined the Union Bank Blues Stage on June 15.

Columbus resident John Salter said he didn't expect to find the Blues Stage under cover with a large tent.

"That's nice," said Salter, a fan of Walker.

He said he's a blues fan and owns several albums featuring Walker, an inductee of the Blues Hall of Fame.

"My son and I will come tomorrow (June 16) for lunch and to listen to some music," Salter said.

Gahanna resident Eric Sells visited the festival with his son, Elan, 9, on June 15.

The younger Sells, a Jefferson Elementary School fourth-grader, enjoyed playing chess with giant game pieces at Creekside Plaza, where other free activities were also available for children.

"We've come the last two years," Sells said. "It's very kid-friendly. I like more blues than jazz. We float between the stages."

Columbus resident Lowell Harding said he thinks the Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival is one of the better festivals in central Ohio, along with the Jazz & Rib Fest in Columbus.

"It has the different stages and lots to do," he said. "This is my second year here."

Harding's wife, Eudora Harding, said they enjoyed some jazz by Fo/Mo/Deep.

"They were good," she said. "I like all music. I'm eclectic."

Jadwin said the festival was honored to welcome multiple award-winning artists this year, including Walker, two-time Blues Music Award winner John Nemeth and jazz guitarist John Scofield.

The event also featured a Family Fun Zone with hands-on crafts, games and activities, amusement rides, interactive musical workshops for children, storytellers and jugglers.

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