Bright sunshine and smooth jazz filled Houghton Park Saturday, Aug. 27, for the 11th annual Uptown Jazz Festival.
Stephanie Mills, the original Dorothy in “The Wiz” anchored the day. Another half-dozen acts kept the entertainment continuous from 11 a.m. to sunset.
The crowd spread out over the northern section of the park, visiting vendors, community groups and food trucks between dancing, visits to the beer garden or sitting back and enjoying the music. Ninth District Councilman and Vice Mayor Rex Richardson, who organized the event, said the theme of Recover, Rejoice, Reunite was fulfilled through the day.
This was the first recent Uptown Jazz Festival condensed into one day instead of the entire weekend. But there were no requirements to show proof of vaccination or negative COVID tests as there were last year.
View photos from the event here.