BeanTown Jazz Festival a Success
Boston's biggest block party—the Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival—drew 50,000 visitors. This year's festival theme—Celebrate Women in Jazz—drew such artists as Paula Cole, Melody Gardot, Geri Allen, Lalah Hathaway, Hailey Niswanger, Tia Fuller, and Berklee professor Terri Lyne Carrington—also the festival's artistic director.
For the third year, BeanTown received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and the festival's sponsor, Natixis, donated a $5,000 scholarship to a City Music student, Daniel Hines. Meanwhile, festival organizers expanded KidsJam activities and brought in a new recycling company for the event. The BeanTown committee noted that this year's festival was its most well-run and successful to date.