Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival – A nonprofit program of Blues to Green

Second Line Parade

For our 2022 celebration, we were proud to partner with Springfield Museums featuring free admission to the Wood Museum of Springfield History for the day, where the exhibit “Horn Man: the Life and Musical Legacy of Charles Neville” was on display.
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Enjoy free admission to the Wood Museum of Springfield History in honor of the late Charles Neville and the exhibit “Horn Man: The Life and Musical Legacy of Charles Neville.”
12:30 PM - The historic Second Line Parade will leave from the steps of Springfield City Hall 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 the New Breed Brass Band. All are welcome to join the parade and a passionate crowd consisting of the New Breed Brass Band and the general public. 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.

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The Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival takes place on July 21st and 22nd, 2023 in the streets surrounding Stearns Square.

About Us

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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