About New Bedford JazzFest

NEW BEDFORD, MA — In cooperation with Bridgewater Credit Union as its major corporate sponsor, Your Theatre, Inc. has announced it will produce this WhalingCity’s first-ever jazz festival.

Scheduled for May 18 at Custom House Square in New Bedford’s Historic District and National Park, Jazzfest will be designed to create an upscale annual music event featuring instrumentalists and singers from the regional and national jazz scene.

According to Eric Paradis, the event’s chairman and a member of Your Theatre, Inc.’s Board of Directors, a main stage will feature headline acts, while small ensembles will appear at a neighboring venue. “This will give patrons a Friday evening of four to five hours of entertainment,” Mr. Paradis notes.

Adjacent to the main stage tent will be smaller tents housing local food and beverage vendors as well as the work of artists from Southeastern Massachusetts and the surrounding area.

In addition, after the performances patrons will be invited to visit local nightlife spots that will be offered the opportunity to showcase some of the evening’s musical talent, Mr. Paradis adds. “It will keep the evening’s vibrancy alive and downtown New Bedford buzzing,” he says.

“Anyone seeking additional information, can ‘Like’ us on Facebook: New Bedford JazzFest,” Mr. Paradis adds.

“This was an opportunity we couldn’t pass up – to be a part of an event that will help draw attention to the burgeoning art scene in New Bedford is just what we were looking for.” says Mark Campanale, Director of Marketing at Bridgewater Credit Union.

Located in the auditorium complex at St. Martin’s Church, 136 Rivet St., Your Theatre, Inc. was founded in 1946 by the late Mary A. Smith and is incorporated as a non-profit community theatre.

The award-winning company, which has a web site at http://www.yourtheatre.org, enhances the cultural life of New Bedford, Southeastern Massachusetts, and nearby communities through the study and regular presentation of dramatic productions and other programs of high quality and professional standards.

The company also develops and encourages artistic talent through the establishment and operation of workshops, theatre productions and other dramatic training opportunities.

Bridgewater Credit Union is a state chartered community credit union. Any person who lives or works in the Massachusetts counties of Plymouth, Bristol, Barnstable or Norfolk is eligible to join.

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