‘Jam’ Festival of Music and the Arts Returns to Wooster April 12-13

New sponsors, new ideas energize annual event at the Wayne Country Fairgrounds

December 6, 2012 by John Finn

WOOSTER, Ohio – Wooster Jam, a two-day celebration of music and the arts, returns to the Wayne County Fairgrounds this spring (April 12-13) with new sponsors and new ideas, as well as many of the same activities and attractions that have made the event so popular since its inception in 2011.

“The ‘Jam’ is returning under the auspices of the arts community of Wayne County,” said James Levin, who founded the event two years ago and continues to serve as executive director. “We have reorganized and redesigned things with support from the Junior Women’s League, Wayne Center for the Arts, and Wayne County Career Center.

“We are pleased to have an ongoing partnership with the fairgrounds, and excited to receive sponsorship from the J.M. Smucker Company, the Ohio Arts Council and the Noble Foundation,” added Levin. “This will give us an opportunity to continue showcasing the wonderful art and music of the College, the greater Wooster community, and the northeast Ohio region.”

The “Jam” is a multimedia celebration of artistic talents and creativity that features many groups and individual artists from across the state, including a blend of opera, folk, jazz, rock and roll, cloggers, theatre, dance, magic, illusions, poetry, storytelling, painting, chalk art, sculpture, installations, photography, and more.

Expected to perform again this spring are illusionist Rick Smith and the big-band fusion sound of Uzizi, as well as the Cedar Valley Cloggers, Ohio Light Opera, the bluegrass group Northwest Territory, and historical storyteller Jim Bowsher. Also back by popular demand is “VoiceFest,” an intercollegiate a cappella competition that will showcase groups from The College of Wooster (A Round of Monkeys and COWBelles), Oberlin College (Obertones), Ohio State University (Key of Gee and Buck That!), Kent State University (Kent Clarks), and others. Participants will compete for a grand prize of $1,000. In addition, the Wooster Ethnic Fair, also known as “WE Fair,” will be running concurrently at the fairgrounds that weekend.

This year the Jam will also feature a visual arts competition in which schools, collaborative ensembles, and individual artists will exhibit paintings, sculptures, installations, and interactive work for prizes.

The festival is free and open to the public with complimentary shuttles available for students of The College of Wooster, and Wooster Hospitality Transit shuttles for community members. The Jam will also have food and beverages (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic). Half of the profits from the alcohol sales on the premises will benefit the People to People Ministries.

Artists, musicians, and others interested in participating are asked to contact Levin by phone (216-347-3499) or e-mail.  Additional information can be found online.