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Eruptions of blues, jazz and gospel to happen all around Yellow Springs this weekend

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African American Cross-Cultural Works presents the 17th Blues, Jazz & Gospel Fest this weekend, Sept. 24–26, in Yellow Springs.

This year’s event continues its legacy of cultural inclusion by kicking off with the gospel fest tonight at the Presbyterian Church, followed by a fundraising film screening event on Friday night. The event heats up Saturday with music workshops and a festival bazaar, going into the Festival Stage at Antioch College Amphitheatre with both visiting and local artists.

AACW 2015 Blues, Jazz and Gospel Fest lineup:

• Thursday, Sept. 24 — Gospel Fest, 7 p.m., First Presbyterian Church. The Northern Kentucky Brotherhood Singers will perform, with a community potluck dinner to follow. Admission is free.

• Friday, Sept. 25 — “Amazing Grace” gala event, 7 p.m., under the festival tent at Antioch Amphitheater. The evening features a catered West African dinner and screening of “The Amazing Grace,” followed by a film discussion with the director Jeta Amata. The event is a fundraiser for the festival, and tickets are $125. To order, go online to

• Saturday, Sept. 26 — Festival Day.

Blues, jazz and gospel workshops — 12:30 p.m., Jazz Workshop, Yellow Springs Brewery; 2 p.m., Violinist Lionel Young and his band (blues and jazz), Emporium; 4:30 p.m., Northern Kentucky Brotherhood Singers, YSAC Community Gallery. Workshops are free.

Festival Bazaar — 3 p.m., Antioch Amphitheatre grounds. Free admission.

Festival Stage — 6 p.m., featuring the Northern Kentucky Brotherhood Singers, the Nerak Roth Patterson Band and the Lionel Young Band. Requested admission cost is $12.

For more information, visit or find the festival on Facebook or call 767-9114.


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