Lewiston, N.Y. (WKBW) - The smooth sounds of jazz will fill the air in Lewiston this weekend.
“They close down Center Street. There's a 150 musicians,” Musician Rich DeCorse said.
Rich DeCorse is one of those local musicians. He has piano for his entire life and is performing at the festival. He said the music is all jazz but still very diverse.
“Whatever you like it is going to be here,” DeCorse said.
Carol Calato is Chairman of the Jazz Fest Board. She said this is a beloved tradition in the quaint town.
“This festival started 12 years ago. It actually started very small, in this little park here,” Calato said.
The festival grew very quickly, bringing more than 40,000 people in the course of two days.
“Brings in about $1.2 million. We are know for our festivals and the jazz fest is one of the best,” Clerk Treasurer of Lewiston Anne Welch said.
Our very own Channel 7's Keith Rathford emcees the festival. You might also find him relaxing and catching some tunes along Center Street. Calata said this festival is not only for jazz lovers.
“Because we've been able to keep it free to the public we are exposing a lot of people who may be otherwise exposed to this music,” Calato said.
Along with the music there will be gourmet food and other venders. Calata said with fun also comes education.
“A group of students from Eastman will be discussing and demonstrating Jazz as it progressed over the years in the United States,” Calata said.
In short, they said it is an event for the entire family.