Rock Hill, Fort Mill SC will hold a blues and jazz music festival

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Carolina blues and jazz fans will get a chance to hear a handful of artists perform in York County starting Thursday.

York County Arts Council will host its 17th annual Blues and Jazz Festival at Rock Hill and Fort Mill on March 24-25.

The festival kicks off Thursday night in Fort Mill. Fans can listen to Charlotte-based jazz band Groove Masters in Baxter Village’s Springmaid Park at 980 Market St. from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The event is free.

On Friday, festival-goers can enjoy nine live performances at seven venues in downtown Rock Hill throughout the night. A $10 wristband grants fans access to all seven venues from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Friday night schedule:

Cotton Blue will perform at Player 1 Up, 140 E. Main St.

Pam Taylor will perform at the Hickory Post, 202 E. Main St.

Judith Porter Jazz will open for Plair at the Tom S. Gettys Center, 201 E. Main St.

Mellogroove will perform at Black and White Alley (behind Jimmy John’s), 153 E. Main St.

The Oneppo Brothers will open weekends at Rock Hill Brewing Company, 121 Caldwell St.

Eric Brown will perform at Flipside Restaurant, 129 Caldwell St.

J’Michael Peeples will perform at The Mercantile’s headquarters at 153 East White St.

How to get there

Those interested in attending the festival can purchase tickets online here, in person at 121 E. Main St. in Rock Hill, or by calling the Arts Council at 803-328-2787.

Festival-goers will be able to exchange pre-purchased tickets for a wristband at any outlet or venue from 6 p.m. on Friday.

Volunteers are needed for the event. Those interested in volunteering can call the Arts Council for more information. Volunteers will receive a festival t-shirt and wristband to enter the festival before or after their shift.

Cailyn Derickson is a city and political reporter for The Herald, covering York, Chester and Lancaster counties. Cailyn graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She previously worked for The Pilot and The News and Observer.


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