Advocate Editorial Board opinion: Come jam in downtown Victoria Jam Fest

By the Advocate Editorial Board
April 16, 2014 at 5:03 p.m.
Updated April 15, 2014 at 11:16 p.m.

If you're looking for a chance to jam, come to downtown Victoria in DeLeon Plaza Saturday from noon to 10:30 p.m. That's when Jam Fest, the yearly jazz music celebration put on by the Victoria Fine Arts Association, will be filling the area with great music and fun.

The event will feature four main acts: Raven Cliff, Carolyn Wonderland, Break of Reality and JB and the Moonshine Band. In addition, the event is on the same day as Victoria Market Days, so visitors can enjoy the music while they shop. And while the music plays and the shopping goes on, residents will also have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of activities for adults and families.

The event's website lists a variety of performances and activities during the festival, including Aaron Boyd and Kids, Magic Dork, Jake Truss, a kids' craft corner and various artist demonstrations, including pottery and pen-and-ink drawing. From 4 to 6 p.m., attendees can also take part in Painting the Town, an activity that allows attendees to paint their own canvas. Registration for the Downtown Crawl begins at 4 p.m. for the 4:30 event. Teams of four will explore five downtown locations: Greek's 205, the Sendera, Golden Gecko, the Nave Museum and the Welder Center. Teams will find household products that they will have to convert into musical instruments at five locations. The first three teams that make it back to the gazebo and can put on a performance using all five instruments will be the winners.

Jam Fest is a fun event that we look forward to every year. Victoria has an active music community, and this is one of many celebrations of the musical talent we see in our area. We encourage all of our readers to take the chance to go downtown and experience the quality music and talent presented by each of these musicians and musical groups Saturday. The event is free, but don't forget to bring some cash for shopping at the Market Days booths and buying food from some of the food vendors or the restaurant options downtown.

We applaud the Victoria Fine Arts Association and all of the other groups that took part in putting together this year's Jam Fest. Victoria has a downtown area that is developing well, and we are glad to see it is being used well. Thank you for sharing the love of music and activities with our community and visitors. We look forward to seeing this year's event come to life.

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



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