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Entry from August 21, 2005
JAMS (Jamaica Arts and Music Summer Festival)
JAMS (the Jamaica Arts and Music Summer Festival - shouldn't that be JAMSF?) began in 1996-97. It takes place on Jamaica Avenue in Queens.

Saturday, August 6
Jamaica Arts & Music Summer Festival Planning Committee
Jamaica Avenue "Jams" Festival
on Jamaica Ave. Parsons Blvd. - 169th St.

Jamaica Arts and Music Summer Festival (JAMS) originated in 1996 at York College (Rufus King Park). The eighth annual JAMS Festival, August 2004J will be held along ten Jamaica Avenue blocks , which are closed to vehicular traffic for this event. The day-long fest draws top-notch performers, a wide ethnic variety of food, arts & crafts reflecting the cultural heritage of Queens, and other activities to enrich the lives of families and children, while promoting the work of Cultural Collaborative Jamaica members, community partnerships and tourism for Jamaica. Last year over 85,000 participants enjoyed the display of strong roots and rich talents of performing and visual artists in the heart of Jamaica's downtown.

We will Kick off the festival on Friday, August 5th, the night before, with the JAMS Under the Stars mega concert. The 3-hour concert will be presented from a state-of-the-art mobile soundstage equipped with the highest quality digital audio equipment designed to further enhance the audience's listening pleasure. Oh yeah, did we mention we'll have a dance floor!

JAMS Festival, The Main Event on Saturday, August 6th, is a day of multi-cultural family fun and entertainment. Jamaica Avenue, the main street of downtown Jamaica, will be closed from Parsons Blvd. to 169th Street, (10 Blocks) to host one of the largest tourist destinations in Queens.

* Live Entertainment - on two sound stages! The Main Stage at 165th St. will feature a cornucopia of international & Queens artists, ending with an exciting JAMS Jazz session. The Emerging Artist Stage at 168th St. will feature new artists.

* Multi-cultural Vendors of food & merchandise are among a host of service and cultural providers with valuable resources and information for all.

* Free Indoor Screenings of Premier HBO films throughout the day is a great way to relax and cool off.

* Urban Folks Exhibition consists of artisans in an exhibit and interactive area, demonstrating their expert techniques of visual and creative crafts.

* Memory Lane, an historic photo exhibit of Jamaica past and present.

* Just for the Kids - one block designated for children only that features FREE rides, popcorn, clowns, balloon sculptors, face painters and entertainment.

Festival festivities don't officially come to an end until September 24th with a Jamaica & All That Jazz, JAMS Walking Tour, a celebration of Billie Holliday's music. The entire event ends with a Jazz Brunch. .

JAMS Under the Stars, 6PM -10PM will take place @ beautiful King Park, Jamaica Ave. between 150th & 153rd streets.

The JAMS Festival, 11AM - 7PM, will take place on Jamaica Ave. from Parsons Blvd. to 169th Street.

Jamaica & All That Jazz, 11AM - 4PM will begin at the Queens Borough Public Library.

*70% of JAMS attendees are from Queens
*16% are from Brooklyn
*10% attendees are from Manhattan
*4% are out-of-town tourists
*36% of attendees are between the ages of 18 and 29
*26% are between the ages of 13 and 17
*24% are between the ages of 30 and 39

The Jamaica Arts & Music Summer Festival (JAMS) Planning Committee is a partnership between neighboring cultural organizations, businesses and community residents who wish to celebrate the vitality variety and value of Jamaica

July 27, 2005
Jammin' in Jamaica, Queens
Next week, August 5 and 6, is Jamaica's biggest street party, the Jamaica JAMS Festival. Friday night it's a live concert at King Park (home of Rufus King Manor), featuring Brazilian and Caribbean rhythms. Saturday is the main event, with Jamaica Avenue open only to pedestrians. There will be food, shopping, art, demonstrations, and two music stages -- Main Stage at 165th Street and the Emerging Artist Stage at 168th Street . For kids, there's an entire block devoted to free rides, popcorn, clowns, face-painting, and balloon sculpture. I plan to be there Saturday hunting for West Indian-style roti.

Jamaica Arts & Music Summer (JAMS) Festival
August, 5-6, 2005, organized by Cultural Collaborative Jamaica
Friday, August 5: JAMS Under the Stars, 6-10 p.m., King Park, Jamaica Ave between 150th & 153rd Sts.
Saturday, August 6: JAMS Festival, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., Jamaica Ave from Parsons Blvd to 169th St. (see schedule and performers below)

JAMS Friday Night Concert, August 5, 6-10 p.m. (free)
Silvana Magda, Katende Band & Viva Brazil Dancers
Mark Shine, Tribute to Bob Marley

JAMS Main Stage, August 6 (free)
Noon: Dion Parson & 21st Century Band, featuring Ron Blake
1 p.m.: Branice Mckenzie
2:30 p.m.: Bobby Matos & The Ny/La Latin Jazz All-Stars
3:30 p.m.: Blue Magic
4:00 p.m.: Slave Hall Of Fame, featuring Souldelics
5:30 p.m.: Bill Jacobs Ensemble with special guests Onaje Allan Gumbs & Vanessa Rubin

The sixth annual Jamaica Arts & Music Summer Festival (JAMS), the largest two-day outdoor celebration in Queens, will feature a free evening concert with top Latin, Jazz and R&B groups on Friday, Aug. 2, and a tantalizing all-day street extravaganza with attractions for the entire family to enjoy on Saturday, Aug. 3, right in Downtown Jamaica.

JAMS, which last year brought more than 60,000 people to Jamaica Center, attracts people from all parts of the city.

The JAMS Under the Stars concert takes place on Friday in King Park, Jamaica Avenue at 153rd Street, from 7 to 10 p.m.

4 August 1998, Newsday, pg. A25:
JAMAICA / Arts & Music Festival

Thirty cultural organizations, businesses, community residents and elected officials are teaming up again this year to present the second annual Jamaica Arts & Music Summer Festival on Saturday, Aug. 8.

Posted by Barry Popik
Holidays/Events/Parades • Sunday, August 21, 2005 • Permalink

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