The Springfield Jazz and Roots Festival is a free outdoor festival, gaining in popularity because we are also a community-building event. The Festival is presented by the non-profit group Blues to Green, in partnership with business, civic and nonprofit leaders in Springfield. The goal is to unite diverse communities in this urban center of Western Massachusetts, to share the experience of music and art. Blues to Green seeks to engage artists and a diverse community in fueling the revitalization of Springfield, and emphasize its place as a cultural hub and driver of cultural excellence in the region. Above all, the Festival inspires younger generations and has the power to spark their interest in jazz and roots music. With opportunities to learn from and listen to professional musicians, the Festival strives to help younger generations develop a continuously growing appreciation for jazz, art, and culture in their communities and open their eyes to a brand new world: one full of wonderful sounds and passionate people. Our 2017 Festival takes place on August 12th.