DECATUR – Another year of the Central Illinois Jazz Festival is drawing a crowd of hundreds to the Decatur Conference Center and Hotel.
This year marks the 41st year in a row the festival has been held in Decatur – even when it was the Holiday Inn. Festival Director Maggie Parker-Brown says they usually fill up the Hotel each weekend during the festival, and they usually see visitors from 21 different states from New York to California. The one thing every visitor has in common: they’re jazz fans.
“It’s time to put your cares away and sit and relax,” Parker-Brown says. “We cover just about all facets of jazz, so people love to come listen no matter what type they like.”
Performers come from all over the country, too, and Parker-Brown says they even feature some local musicians including the Millikin Jazz Lab bands I and II. Aside from being a popular event for the Hotel, Parker-Brown says the City of Decatur gets a boost, too.
“We pretty much fill up the hotel,” she says. “Of course, people are here eating at the restaurants, buying gas, and shopping all over. Travelers normally forget things, too, so they go downtown or go to the mall – it’s really a boost to the local economy in many different ways.”
The festival continues thru Sunday afternoon. If you need more information, click here.