Friday, June 15, 2012
Downtown to host Bryan Texas Blues Festival and Celebration
Downtown Bryan will host the inaugural Bryan Texas Blues Festival and Celebration on Friday, June 15 and Saturday, June 16 at the Palace Theater (105 S. Main Street).
The Brazos Valley African American Heritage and Cultural Society (BVAAHCS), while partnering with the City of Bryan, have put together a line-up of renowned jazz musicians who all have roots in Bryan, and attended Bryan schools.
Nat Dove, an inductee in the West Coast Blues Hall of Fame is serving as director of the festival and will also perform. Donald Ray Johnson, a Grammy award-winning musician is also in the line-up. Other scheduled performers include Damu Sudi Alii, Sunny Nash, and William Walker. (See attached schedules.)
In addition to the music at the Palace on Friday and Saturday evenings there will be a community parade on Saturday morning starting at 10:00 a.m. in front of the Carver Early Childhood Center, and ending at Sadie Thomas Park.
At 2:00 p.m. on Saturday at the Brazos Valley African American Museum (500 E Pruitt St) all of the scheduled musicians will host a free meet and greet session where they will talk about musical history in Bryan and answer questions from attendees.
Due to heavy anticipated pedestrian traffic around the Palace Theater portions of two roads in Downtown will be closed during the Festival.
Main Street will be closed to vehicles from the LaSalle Hotel to 26th Street. In addition, 26th Street will be closed from Carnegie Alley to Bryan Avenue. Both road closures will be in effect from 6:00 p.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday.
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