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Ann Arbor Jazz and Blues Festival

Held since August 1969, the Ann Arbor Blues Festival was the first blues festival of its kind in North America. It was expanded to include jazz in 1972, and over the years it has had an impressive roster of performers from both genres, including Bonnie Raitt and Muddy Waters. The all-volunteer, non-profit event has gone from an outdoor concert to a full weekend of day and evening performances held in various settings, including an intimate jazz club. It now includes activities for children, educational outreach programs, and a "Meet the Artist" program. The festival is documented in historical text, a videotape, photographs, and promotional materials.

Originally submitted by: Debbie Stabenow, Representative (8th District).

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