Festival preview: Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival

  • Photo courtesy of Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival
From the June 14, 2012 edition

The annual Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival in Gahanna presents three days of a chill-out atmosphere and music that works nicely as a buildup to next weekend’s carousing blowout known as ComFest. With Columbus about to be under the thumb of full-on party mode, Creekside gives festival-goers the chance to enjoy some downtime — relaxing in scenic Olde Gahanna with national and local blues and jazz acts — before the coming storm of patchouli and pot smoke.

Highlights from the three days of live music include locals Tony Monaco Trio (9:30 p.m. Friday), Sean Carney Band (7 p.m. Saturday), and Ray Fuller and the Bluesrockers (4 p.m. Sunday). The Jimi Vincent Band (9:30 p.m. Friday) and Haywire Dog with Ray Roberson (5:15 p.m. Saturday) are two of the featured national groups.

Other activities include amusement rides for the kid inside all of us and paddleboat rides for the cycling/boating enthusiast inside some of us. A marketplace along Mill Street will have food vendors, along with a couple of beer and wine tents. Three other alcoholic beverage areas are located throughout the festival, making the festival essential — beer — an easy find.

For Father’s Day this Sunday — that’s right, slackers! — Mezzo Italian Kitchen is hosting a jazz brunch that includes tickets to see the Columbus Jazz Orchestra perform with father-and-son and father-and-daughter duos.