Legendary blues & R&B singer/songwriter Denise LaSalle is the headline artist for this year’sJefferson Street Jazz & Blues Fest Saturday, June 21 at Bicentennial Mall State Park. The festival is presented for the 14th year running by J.U.M.P. (Jefferson United Merchants Partnership), and this year they’re joined by the National Museum of African American Music in presenting the weekend’s events which kick off the day before.

The weekend begins with the inaugural “My Music Matters: A Celebration of Legends” an awards luncheon on Friday, June 20, 2014. The awards are presented to local and nationally known artists who have made a significant impact in the music industry or his/her genre-focus through talent, triumphs, ability and power. Regardless of age, many African American artists, musicians and leaders go without notice, this luncheon is designed to celebrate their accomplishments.  Music industry legend, Al Bell (Stax Records) will serve as master of ceremonies, with honorees to be announced and who have had a significant impact on the music community through their distinct styles of work.

Next comes the annual street party, “Bridging the Gap Mixer” Friday from 7 pm to 1 am. The event features two live bands at opposite ends of the Seigenthaler Bridge, and DJ Victor Chatman at 10:00 p.m. at the center of the bridge. Various food options and vendors are included in the event as well.

The main event, The Jefferson Street Jazz & Blues Festival, will feature local and national artists at the Bicentennial Capitol Mall Amphitheater in downtown Nashville on Saturday, June 21st. Denise LaSalle, who is highly recognized as the Queen of the Blues, is headliner for the festival. Other acts include the Karlton Taylor Trio, After 5 Tux, Third Coast Jazz, Mike Hicks & the Funk Puncs, and many more.  The event is from 12 Noon – 10 p.m. and will occur rain or shine.

Tickets for the festival ($10, VIP tickets $20, can be purchased from Eventbrite:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jefferson-street-jazz-blues-festival-2014-tickets-11392793151

Denise LaSalle, “Trapped By a Thing Called Love”