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Stone Mountain, GA, United States, 2007/08/27 - Mainstreet Jazz Festival features the best in contemporary jazz in a special outdoor setting. This year's performers are saxophonist Antonio Allen and vocalist Gabbie McGee - MainstreetCommunity.org.
The Third Annual Mainstreet Jazz Festival showcases a first-class lineup of jazz performers – distinguished saxophonist Antonio Allen and vocalist extraordinaire Gabbie McGee – at 7:30 pm, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2007 at Mainstreet Clubhouse in Stone Mountain, Ga.
Allen has performed with bassist Wayman Tisdale, saxophonist Kirk Whalum, R&B legend Jean Carne, and platinum recording artists, Silk. Allen is also a member of the contemporary R&B/jazz ensemble Five Men On A Stool. The saxophonist’s sophomore CD "Forever And Always" features mid-tempo grooves, romantic ballads as well as gospel selections. McGee, the former Miss Black Atlanta (2002), has earned accolades for her soulful, jazzy vocals, having performed with The Showtime at the Apollo Summer Tour and on the Atlanta Hard Rock Cafe's Velvet Underground stage. “Certified Soul," McGee’s debut CD, brings to the table an impressive musical collection with beautiful melodies that embrace warm jazz tones and textures.
“We look forward to presenting an evening of great music and ambiance at our unique outdoor setting in Mainstreet,” said Winfrey Pierce, president of the Mainstreet Community Services Association, which produces the jazz festival. “Each year we work hard to make the festival an enjoyable celebration of jazz.”
Also scheduled at the festival are Spoken Word performances and an art exhibit featuring local artists including Debbie Jackson (a clay artist) and Marlina Hullum (a non-traditional colored glass artist).
The 2007 festival, billed as “Cool Pool Jazz By Candlelight,” will be held at Mainstreet Clubhouse located at 5001 Mainstreet Park Drive, Stone Mountain 30088. Proceeds from the festival benefit the Mainstreet Community Student Scholarship Fund.
Ticket prices are $10 advance/$15 at the door for general admission/lawn seating and $30 advance/$35 at the door for VIP admission (includes table seating with a catered buffet by Elaborate Events). General admission concert attendees may bring lawn chairs, picnic baskets and coolers. Tickets can be purchased at Mainstreet Clubhouse or online. For more information, call (770) 469-7238.
Festival sponsors include CrossRoads News, Citizens Trust Bank and Russell Landscaping.