HENDERSON, Ky. – A new event is coming to Henderson this weekend and it’s going to be jazzy.
The free concert, “Jazz in the Grass”, will take place on Saturday from noon to 3:30 pm. Originally planned as an outdoor event, the concert was moved inside the Henderson County Public Library Pittsburgh Tank and Tower Event Suite due to the cold weather. Food trucks should always be on hand with a variety of offerings.
The musicians are part of the Henderson School of Fine Arts and will perform jazz arrangements of popular songs. Each set will consist of two songs, supported by a house group.
EJ Simmons, a young gospel pastor from Henderson United Methodist Church, hosted the event.
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“As a young musician when I was starting out, there weren’t a lot of places to play,” Simmons said. “All adults and all proven people had their place, but there was no place for aspiring musicians to do what they wanted to do. So at this point in my life I J feel like it’s my privilege to give new faces and new sounds and the opportunity to go out and play. “
Among those expected to perform are Amani Owens, who will perform an original song, Anna Kidd on French horn, and eighth-grade student Natalie Ross, who will perform a jazz cover of the Little Big Town song “Girl Crush”.
Simmons and his accompaniment group helped the students prepare the arrangements and will accompany the young musicians to the show on Saturday. The youth pastor has hosted other events in the past, but says this is the first time he has created an event where students will go out and perform in front of the audience.
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According to the library’s director of children’s services, Danielle Anguish, attendees can also visit an art exhibit in the library where pieces are available for purchase.
Despite the move inside, Simmons says safety precautions will be followed to protect guests amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Come and be ready to benefit from the youth of our community, and support each other and be open to their many talents,” Anguish said.