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Bringing Out the Best in Soulful Music: Birmingham’s Own Jazz Fest Kicks Off This Weekend

Grab your lawn chairs and big sun hats and prepare your hearts for a dose of exclusive entertainment capped off with premier nightlight festivities as the 2016 Steel City Jazz Festival kicks into full swing! Thousands are expected to pour into Downtown Birmingham’s own Linn Park tonight through June 4th and jam to melodic history that will resonate in many hearts for years to come.

Lauded by Smooth Jazz Global Radio as ‘One of the Hottest Jazz Festivals in the nation,’ the 2016 Steel City Jazz Festival will not disappoint. With nationally renown recording artists such as Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Kirk Whalum, Maysa, six-time Grammy Award winner David Sanborn and the revolutionary Morris Day and the Time attendees are in for a treat! Soaring into its third year since its initial inception in 2014, Steel City Jazz Festival remains the premier Jazz Festival of the South and is nationally known for drawing eager contemporary jazz enthusiasts from not only the Southeast but all over the U.S.A., Canada and Europe. Council President Austin said he couldn’t be happier that Birmingham is hosting this annual event and he looks forward to taking part in the festivities.

“Premier events like the Steel City Jazz Festival echo the true southern culture of what Birmingham represents,” Council President Austin said. “Good food, good fun and good fellowship are to always be celebrated and we look forward to the positive impact that this festival will have on our city.”

Steel City Jazz Festival is hosted by Empowerment Inc., a mentoring program that promotes education enrichment opportunities and overall personal development in young adults in and around the Greater Birmingham area. Empowerment, Inc. is a 501 c3 non-profit agency founded in 1996 by Cedric Allen with the expressed purpose of raising the economic, educational, and social levels of the community.  Throughout unique and creative offerings, Empowerment, Inc. proposes to lessen the incidence of poverty through education, computer enhancement and employability training. Empowerment, Inc. and the Steel City Jazz Fest are pleased to partner with the Ronald McDonald Charities of Alabama as the charitable recipient. A portion of ticket sales will be donated to the Ronald McDonald house. To purchase tickets and to view a schedule of artists performing, log on to or call (800) 595-4849.

This article is a contribution from Chiara Perry ( in the Birmingham City Council Public Information Office. For more information please contact 205.254.2294.