GLEN ELLYN – The Alliance of Downtown Glen Ellyn wants to get people jazzed up about an event coming to downtown Glen Ellyn this summer.
The group is presenting Jazz Up Glen Ellyn, which will be July 16 on Main Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and Crescent Boulevard. To offset expenses related to the free festival, there will be a fundraiser from 6 to 8 p.m. May 20 in the former Renaissance Art Studio Ltd. at 481 N. Main St. in downtown Glen Ellyn.
The event will be a kickoff to Jazz Up Glen Ellyn's Indiegogo campaign to raise $3,500 to help put on the festival. Esteemed jazz guitarist Fareed Haque, who will also perform during the festival, will perform during the May 20 event.
More information about the fundraising campaign is available at Jazz Up Glen Ellyn's website, jazzupglenellyn.com.
Carol White, executive director of the Alliance of Downtown Glen Ellyn, said Jazz Up Glen Ellyn still will go on as scheduled if the group falls short of its fundraising campaign.
As part of Jazz Up Glen Ellyn, bands will play on two outdoor stages from 2:30 to 9:30 p.m. There also will be music clinics throughout the day and a chance to meet the artists. Those who attend will be able to bring their own food and drink into the festival as well.
After the music concludes on the two stages, several of the bands will be playing in venues around Glen Ellyn, White said. More information is available at Jazz Up Glen Ellyn's website, jazzupglenellyn.com.