ABOVE PHOTO: Lauren Talese performs on the main stage at Jazz on the Ave. The concert was held at Broad and Cecil B Moore on Saturday August 11th. (Photo: Robert Mendelsohn)
Beech Community Services recently hosted its 12th Annual Beech “Jazz on the Ave” Music Fest, headlined by Grammy nominated PJ Morton.
This free event took place during Philly Free Streets on Cecil B. Moore Avenue with two stages of live music (between Broad Street and 17th Street) from noon to 8:30 p.m.
“The Beech “Jazz on the Ave” Music Fest is known for hosting neighborhoods from across the city and music lovers from as far as California – all celebrating the musical history of the North Central community,” said Christine Brown, director of Beech Community Services. “I’m always amazed to see how much this festival has grown and the impact it continues to have on the region.”
This year’s music fest was hosted by Patty Jackson and Dyana Williams and included performances by Algebra Blessett, Charisa The Violin Diva, Laurin Talese, the Clef Club Youth Senior Ensemble.
In addition, the Philly Soul Stock stage was located at 17th & Cecil B. Moore Avenue and showcased up and coming artists from Philadelphia and the tri-state area.
According to research, local concerts and festivals are a tourism attraction and has the opportunity to bring communities together and instill a sense of community pride and knowledge of their history. In addition, the economic benefits of festivals helps stimulates the growth of tourism and other businesses in the region.
“Jazz on the Ave” also hosts several local food trucks and vendors who continue support health, quality of life and safety in the North Philadelphia community.
To learn more about Beech Community services, the Beech “Jazz on the Ave” Music Fest and other events, visit www.beachinterplex.com.