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Celebrate Jazz in July with 6th Avenue Corridor

Posted July 13, 2016 in Community Featured, Community Blogs, In Living, Community Web Exclusives, Web Exclusives

 Jazz in July returns to 6th Avenue on Saturday, July 23rd! The free event features seven hours of live music as well as food vendors, a beverage tent, and children’s activities. 6th Avenue Corridor will also be showcasing final plans for streetscape improvements to the 6th Avenue Corridor, with construction slated to begin in 2018, as well as information about new developments underway along the Corridor.

The 6th Avenue Corridor has partnered with the Metro Arts Alliance since 2010 to bring many of the city’s most accomplished musicians to the heart of Des Moines.  “Jazz in July is one of our favorite days of the year. We’re excited for our incredible lineup, which is one of the best of any public music events of the summer in Central Iowa. We’re looking forward to a great day with our neighbors as well as attendees visiting the 6th Avenue Corridor for the first time”, said Breann Bye, Executive Director of 6th Avenue Corridor.

6th Avenue Corridor’s Jazz in July hosts an array of product and food vendors featuring local flavors as well as international foods.  Attendees will find everything from kettle corn to BBQ, sno cones to a taco truck.  A beverage tent hosted by Sambetti’s will have cold adult beverages available for purchase. Youth dance groups will entertain the crowd between musical performances. Children’s activities include face painting, temporary tattoos, glow sticks, bubbles, and carnival games. 

WHEN:     Saturday, July 23 | 3:00pm to 10:00pm

WHERE:   6th and College, Des Moines.  Parking is available on adjacent side streets.


3:00pm Parranderos Latin Combo

4:30pm Backstage Boogie

            6:30pm The Tighten Up

            8:30pm Tina Haase Findlay with the Diva and the Deacons

 6th Avenue Corridor is grateful for the support and sponsorship of numerous entities that allow Jazz in July to be one of the premier free music festival events of the summer – the Polk County Board of Supervisors, C Fresh Market, Drake University, DMACC, Sambetti’s, the River Bend Neighborhood Association, Community Lawyers of Iowa, Orchestrate Hospitality, Fifield Pharmacy, Keller Williams – Marce Peters, the YMCA, Confluence Landscape Architecture & Urban Design, QuikTrip, and Tradesman Credit Union. The organization is also extremely thankful for annual support from Mercy Medical Center, Wells Fargo, the Neighborhood Investment Corporation, Principal Financial Group, Bankers Trust, and the City of Des Moines.

 For more information about Jazz in July as well as the 6th Avenue Corridor, visit

About 6th Avenue Corridor

The 6th Avenue Corridor, Inc. is an ambitious non-profit organization whose mission is to coordinate the commercial revitalization of 6th Avenue from I-235 north to the Des Moines River bridge, through the historic River Bend and Cheatom Park neighborhoods.

As a designated Main Street Iowa Urban Neighborhood program, the 6th Avenue Corridor aims to improve the quality of life for local residents, while creating a destination for others throughout the City.  Our holistic approach to revitalization encompasses neighborhood beautification, economic development, business stabilization, historic preservation, pedestrian safety enhancements, and hosting of events to change lingering negative perceptions of the area.

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