What a relief this past week has been as the front cooled off and watered down San Antonio and the Texas Hill Country. Once again people are starting to head back outdoors.
The San Antonio Parks Foundation gives you even more incentive to leave the AC behind. It's time for the annual Jazz'SAlive - and that means the coolest music by some of the hottest jazz bands in the region. So, pack up those lawn chairs and head over to Travis Park for one of the largest free jazz festivals in the U.S.
Jazz'SAlive will be held Saturday, Sept. 19 and Sunday Sept. 20. It's always a great time, kicking back on the shady green lawn of Travis Park while the best in local and regional jazz performers take the stage...Actually, there are two stages, so there's a lot to see, and lots to eat, too. Vendors pack the grounds and along the street offering refreshment(in SA speak that means: roasted corn, gorditos, turkey legs, etc.) along with t-shirts, lighted trinkets, jewelry, and other odds and ends. It's a lot of fun to do a bit of browsing, but make sure you have secured your seats first. The crowds can get pretty heavy, but the attitudes are always fairly mellow.
This is a family event with children's activities scheduled from noon to 6 p.m. on both days. Remember to stop by the KENS tent to meet some of the on-air talent:
5:45pm-7:45pm - Fred Lozano, Eileen Teves and Amada Stanzilis
7:45pm-9:45pm - Paul Mireles and James Munoz
6:45-8:45pm - Deborah Knapp
Try to be there by the time Urban 15's Carnival San Anto sets the night on fire by performing a heart-pounding samba as the snake through the crowd.
Jazz'Salive is co-sponsored by the San Antonio Parks Foundation and the City of San Antonio. They encourage jazz enthusiasts to stop in at the Jazz After-Hours Jam Sessions at Peacock Alley in the St. Anthony Hotel (that's right across the street from Travis Park). Hang out with national and regional jazz musicians as they jam with local bands until about 2 a.m. both nights. This free post-party begins following the last performance on the main stage.