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Jacksonville Jazz Festival 2010
« on: June 07, 2010, 04:12:28 AM »
Jacksonville Jazz Festival 2010



Sights and scenes from Downtown's 2010 Jacksonville Jazz Festival. There is no doubt that this year's Jazz Festival an unqualified success, one of several for the City, and its vivacious Special Events Office.  More than that, it was also solid proof that  a properly planned urban festival creates the synergy and crowds that will help breathe life back into the urban core.

Check out these amazing photos, showing the densest crowds packed into downtown streets since Superbowl.  MJ takes a look at how Theresa O'Donnel and her team moved the Festival from its traditional location at Metropolitan Park, and what it did to the actual streets and open spaces of the downtown core.

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Re: Jacksonville Jazz Festival 2010
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2010, 04:19:33 AM »
Just Wonderful way to go Jax!!!! Love the pics.

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Re: Jacksonville Jazz Festival 2010
« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2010, 08:04:04 AM »
Now if we could only find ways to maintain some kinda vibe downtown, maybe not on that scale, but just breathe some kinda life in those dead downtown streets. Jeez!
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Re: Jacksonville Jazz Festival 2010
« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2010, 08:29:23 AM »
DVI - Do not settle, when is the next event downtown to take advantage of the pocket parks and open spaces?
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Re: Jacksonville Jazz Festival 2010
« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2010, 08:49:45 AM »
It would be nice to see most of the festivals held in Metro Park relocated to the actual downtown core, imo. 
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Re: Jacksonville Jazz Festival 2010
« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2010, 08:53:29 AM »
very nice pictures. They show all too well what we know the core could be like.

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Re: Jacksonville Jazz Festival 2010
« Reply #6 on: June 07, 2010, 08:59:15 AM »
Question now is what actually should be done with Metro Park? They have World of Nations there. I been to that once, was ok.

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Re: Jacksonville Jazz Festival 2010
« Reply #7 on: June 07, 2010, 11:12:51 AM »
Yea yaa! Things look good! I dont think the Cocktail Party ever spills into Hemming Plaza...Whats to stop the city from setting up a jumbotron in Hemming Plaza so residence & visitors can enjoy the game there? Just an idea.
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Re: Jacksonville Jazz Festival 2010
« Reply #8 on: June 07, 2010, 11:17:18 AM »
Dont they do that at the Landing,seems more suitable the Hemming.IMO

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Re: Jacksonville Jazz Festival 2010
« Reply #9 on: June 07, 2010, 11:18:38 AM »
DVI - Do not settle, when is the next event downtown to take advantage of the pocket parks and open spaces?

Yea I agree! Be aggresive! Speaking of be aggressive this site is really under promoted...It should be 1.4 million active members on here. Who agrees?
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Re: Jacksonville Jazz Festival 2010
« Reply #10 on: June 07, 2010, 11:30:24 AM »
Jazz Festival was well executed and kudos to the organizers.  It shows what we can do when we put our talent to work.

Spring (mid-Feb to mid-May) and fall (mid-Oct to mid-Dec) themed festivals of music, entertainment (open up the theaters and museums), food, children's activities, and the arts with a bit of river and fireworks fun mixed in should work well.  Tie in with seasonal Jags/college games and Jax Suns games.  Close Bay Street, Water Street, Laura Street, Main Street, and the Main street bridge and mimic the Super Bowl festivities.  Bus people in from the park'n'ride lots in the burbs like the Jags do on game day and promote the city garages and convention and stadium lots with shuttles.  Let the bicycle taxis, horse & buggies, and open-air trams join the mix to move people over a larger festival area.

Need to make sure there are adequate traffic control and security, rest rooms, rain locations, and "cool down" spots so people don't have excuses to not come.

Those are our best times of the year weather-wise as well and the fall festival could be used to boost holiday shopping downtown.
Hey!  Whatever happened to just plain ol' COMMON SENSE!!

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Re: Jacksonville Jazz Festival 2010
« Reply #11 on: June 07, 2010, 11:35:19 AM »
STJR send that over to Special Events Office and DVI.

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Re: Jacksonville Jazz Festival 2010
« Reply #12 on: June 07, 2010, 02:06:00 PM »
We are, Stephen! Thanks to all for your comments and suggestions and big thanks to Stephen and Daniel for the coverage and the photos. We really appreciate it!

Keep checking our site www.makeascenedowntown.com for more upcoming events like the 4th of July fireworks, senior events and more fun things happening downtown this fall.
The City of Jacksonville Office of Special Events is proud to offer low- or no-cost entertainment and educational events to residents and visitors. These events are vital to our community, its ability to thrive, and to be seen as an ideal destination for visitors. www.makeascenedowntown.com

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Re: Jacksonville Jazz Festival 2010
« Reply #13 on: June 07, 2010, 02:18:21 PM »
And keep in mind, this is actually an event put on by the Special Events Office, rather than DVI.

That whole department is a high energy outfit that actually pays attention to outcomes rather than effort.

Theresa O Donnell is the person who could move the World of Nations and other festivals into the downtown core!

Its the Special Events Office that sponsors Make a Scene Downtown, people would be surprised how much those guys do.

This year though, I think the Jazz Festival was really a crowning moment for them.


Theresa does not get nearly enough credit for the work she does for this city!

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Re: Jacksonville Jazz Festival 2010
« Reply #14 on: June 07, 2010, 02:56:32 PM »
The next event would be Pride 2010 I suppose?