Jam Fest is great way to celebrate 65 years

By the Advocate Editorial Board
April 11, 2012 at 6 p.m.
Updated April 10, 2012 at 11:11 p.m.

Are you ready to jam?

That's the question we have for Victoria and other Crossroads residents. This weekend, the Victoria Fine Arts Association will be holding their second annual Jam Fest, opening Friday night with a screening of "Unsigned," a documentary about bands trying to make their big break into the mainstream music industry. The director, Edward Payson, and musician Paul Nagi, who will also perform Friday night and Saturday afternoon, will be present to meet members of the audience at the screening.

Saturday will feature performances in DeLeon Plaza, including the Victoria College Jazz Band, Thomas McDowell, Hector Ward & The Big Time's nine-piece horn-fueled ensemble, headliner Jason D. Williams on the piano, and local favorites 24X7, Clay Crockett & The Shotgun Riders, and more.

All of these performances appear to be a line up tailor-made for fun and musical appreciation. And the best part about all this is it's a free event. Organizers are encouraging people to bring their lawn chairs and blankets.

On top of this great chance to enjoy quality music from local performers, the Victoria Fine Arts Association has reached it's 65-year milestone of bringing wonderful music and culture to the Victoria area.

We would like to congratulate this group for all the hard work they've put in and the success they've experienced in their 65 years of service. With a track record of bringing such big names as Luciano Pavarotti, the Vienna Boys Choir and Ballet Folklorico de Chile, along with many more, it's no wonder they have been active for so long.

We encourage members of the community to take some time this weekend to relax and enjoy some good music, courtesy of a 65-year-old effort to bring the best in music to Victoria.

So once again, are you ready to jam? We know we are!

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.



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