By KEVIN CHIRI - Slidell News Bureau
SLIDELL – Monterey Jazz Festival, Steel City Jazz Festival, Seabreeze Jazz Festival, Florida Smooth Jazz Weekend, Cancun Jazz Festival.
And then there is one more—the 1st annual Camellia City Smooth Jazz Festival in Slidell, scheduled for a three day weekend this October 6-8 on the grounds of the Northshore Harbor Center.
The jazz festivals named previously have one thing in common—they all began as small local events that have grown to major national and international concerts, each of them now drawing thousands, even tens of thousands to their cities, and creating a multi-million dollar impact.
Slidell hopes to be the next major jazz festival on that circuit thanks to the work of Will and Diane Bias, who have spent over two years planning the Camellia City Smooth Jazz Fest.
Will and Diane have been jazz lovers for years and have attended dozens of national and international smooth jazz shows. After seeing so many of the big jazz events around the country they decided to become music promoters themselves by forming Jin Jeans Productions.
In the past 12 years they have produced numerous jazz concerts in the New Orleans area and operated a highly successful jazz club in the city for many years. Finally they knew it was time to go for the big time with the North Shore show.
By KEVIN CHIRI
Slidell news bureau
SLIDELL – If the initial public event for the first annual Camellia City Smooth Jazz Festival is any indication, then the idea to make Slidell “the smooth jazz festival center” could very well be on its way for founders Wil and Diane Bias.
The Slidell couple decided over a year ago that they were going to bring a top-notch “smooth jazz” festival to the eastern side of St. Tammany Parish, and on Sunday they hosted a launch party of supporters for the first event set for Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017 on the grounds of the Northshore Harbor Center. <Read More...>
I met a very interesting fellow who gave me some interesting news when I was out at the East St. Tammany Chamber Cultural Economy luncheon.
Wil Bias, and his wife Diane, have already scheduled the first annual Camellia City Smooth Jazz Fest for Slidell next year on Oct. 7, 2017, to be held at the Northshore Harbor Center.
The "Northshore 985 Dance Party," promoted as a dance for "older adults," will bring monthly Friday night entertainment to Slidell. The first dance is scheduled for Friday (March 28) at 7 p.m. at the Northshore Harbor Center, located at 100 Harbor Center Blvd., Slidell.