Friday 18th July

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A happy Potato Head Jazz Band after a successful Festival Launch at Crowne Plaza

We had a wonderful opening day at the Jazz & Blues Festival yesterday, with a whirlwind start by the Potato Head Jazz Band at Crowne Plaza for the launch of the Festival, where the Lord Mayor Cllr Shafique Shah opened the Festival!

"England, Birmingham, 18-07-14  Bruce Adams providing some class at the Barber

While this was going on, Victoria Square was hosting a number of artists as part of the Colmore Food Festival, while over at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts the Bruce Adams Quartet provided some excellent entertainment. The excellent weather held through until the evening thankfully, with many people stopping to see the University of Southern Florida Jazztet at the Waters Edge Bandstand at Brindleyplace, as well as the excellent Val Wiseman at Cafe Rouge in The Mailbox.

"England, Birmingham, 18-07-14The Broombusters wow the crowds at Victoria Square

Overall, an excellent day of festivaling came to a close at the Hampton by Hilton with the lovely Precious Penny Pluckers, who left their hometown of Stirling in Scotland at 6am just to be with us!

"England, Birmingham, 18-07-14The Precious Penny Pluckers ending the opening day at the Hampton by Hilton