Second Line Parade

For our 2021 celebration, we are proud to partner with Springfield Museums to curate exciting pre-event activities featuring free admission to the Wood Museum of Springfield History, engaging workshops, and a high-energy parade led by the effervescent Grand Marshall, Henri Smith.
10:00 AM - Enjoy free admission to the Wood Museum of Springfield History in honor of the late Charles Neville and the newly opened exhibit “Horn Man: The Life and Musical Legacy of Charles Neville.”
10:30 AM - Kids and families are invited to harness their creativity by decorating a paper saxophone for the parade, as part of an ongoing art activity hosted by museum staff up until the parade departs.
11:30 AM - Join the Berkshire Bateria for an all-ages percussion workshop and prelude to the parade. Everyone is invited to take part in the parade and all ages are welcome. Bring your own instrument or use one of ours (we'll have 100 percussion instruments to share with participants). This rhythmic workshop will introduce you to the New Orleans Second Line Tradition with a Brazilian Samba flare.
12:30 PM - The historic Second Line Parade will leave the Springfield Museums at 12:30 pm sharp and dance its way through the streets until hitting Stearns Square and the stage of the kick-off performance by Henri Smith & New Orleans Friends and Flavours. All are welcome to join the parade and a passionate crowd consisting of The Berkshire Bateria & Bossa Triba Drum, Expandable Brass Band, students and faculty of the Community Music School of Springfield, and the general public. Through the Samba beat of Berkshire Bateria, we create our own unique hybrid approach to the second line tradition.

A Brief History

In 2017, the Festival incorporated a New Orleans’ style second line parade that germinated through Charles Neville’s volunteer work with the Community Music School of Springfield. Charles founded and taught the Brass Band Camp with CMSS faculty. Inspired by their experience with Mr. Neville, the youth cohort continued to meet on a weekly basis and their unwavering enthusiasm blossomed into a year-round program. As part of this year’s festival, the tradition continues in memoriam for Charles Neville – a “Second Line” parade in the truest sense – celebrating his life in high-stepping fashion with boisterous New Orleans music and dancing in the street.

New Orleans native, Henri Smith will officiate as Grand Marshal for the Second Line, leading the Brass Band Camp at the front of the parade. They will be accompanied by the The Berkshire Bateria & Bossa Triba drum and dance ensemble along with a crowd of musicians, families, and the general public.

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New Location!

The Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival takes place on August 14, 2021 from 1-10PM in the streets surrounding Stearns Square, between Worthington and Bridge Streets.

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This festival is produced by Blues To Green, a nonprofit organization that harnesses music and the arts to celebrate community and culture, build shared purpose, and catalyze social and environmental change.
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AUGUST 14, 2021
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