Good Times At Lake Arbor Jazz Festival Mean Arts & Cultural Growth For Prince George’s
The crowd makes the event as much as the artists at Lake Arbor Jazz Festival. This year is no different.
“We have been here since the day started,” says PGAHC’s Program Manager for County Arts Programs and Arts Education Kristina Lyles who held a bird’s eye view of the success of the 2018 festival from her station. “It was pretty busy.”
PGAHC managed two stations at the festival: one based on information and the other engaging in visual art for ‘youth of all ages’ ready to explore.
Having the two stations is another example of the festival’s growth. What started as a single day experience is now four days of music, food and culture.
Over nine years the Lake Arbor Jazz Festival has grown to include dozens of national and international musical artists such as Norman Brown, Maysa and James Lloyd. The sponsors have grown to include national and regional brands and vendors come in for the four-day series from cities across the nation. LAJF has matured to become more than a jazz-lovers day outing. It’s a fuller cultural experience that invites and introduces guests and visitors to Prince George’s—from music workshops to the artist’s grants and the food, fashion and artistry provided by artists and vendors.
According to LAJF Founder, Board President and Executive Producer Kevin C. Alexander, crowds have always attended in great numbers but this year included over 3,000 in attendance. But, Alexander says, the best is yet to come as he promises a big splash for LAJF’s tenth anniversary festival in 2019.