AKRON, OH— The Rubber City Jazz & Blues Festival will host a four-day festival from August 24-27 in downtown Akron. This is the second year the festival has taken place.

The festival is a free, family-friendly event that includes many well-known local and national artists sharing their talent.

“We are excited to expand this year’s event to a four-day festival,” said Brown. “We are working on a lot of exciting things and look forward to showing the community what we have planned.”

The Rubber City Jazz & Blues Festival’s mission is to orchestrate work ethic, self-esteem and respect through music performance and education for a vibrant arts community.

Last year, Theron Brown, Rubber City Jazz & Blues Festival team member, was among the 500 applicants to apply for the Knight Arts Challenge Akron. The festival was one of 27 Akron arts projects winners who will share one million dollars provided through the Knights Arts Challenge Akron.

Through a collaboration with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Reserve and Compass Christian Church, the Rubber City Jazz & Blues Festival provides weekly music instruction for youth in Akron's underserved communities who would otherwise not have access to similar programs.

This model has been developed and fine-tuned by Open Tone Music (OTM) at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland and has expanded into the Akron area as part of OTM’s strategic plan.

“We are committed to bringing high quality music to the community, while raising funds to benefit music performance and education for the youth,” said Brown. “The artists are being locked in and the venues are currently being secured. We are proud to announce that the headline artist will be featured on the Lock 3 stage!”

For more information on the Knight Arts Challenge, please visit www.knightfoundation.org.

For more information about the Rubber City Jazz & Blues Festival, please visit rubbercityjazz.com