Come join us on the Innerbelt for jazz performances and conversations that honor the rich cultural history and discuss ideas for the site’s transformation.
Back in the day, Howard Street was a bustling cultural and music hub. It hosted national talent like Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie and at one point, was called “Little Harlem.” The Innerbelt destroyed the neighborhood. Now there’s an effort to transform part of highway.
- 11am - Home and Heritage: The History of Jazz in Akron
- 12pm - Ronell Regis Group
- 1pm - James Gaiters Quartet Soul Revival
This event, featuring music, food, and drinks, is free and open to the public. For more information about the Rubber City Jazz Festival, visit the festival homepage.
The Innerbelt will be accessible via shuttles from the Wills Lot (entrance on Wills Ave, near Locust St). Shuttles will leave and return every 20 min from 10:30am-2:30pm.
FREE car and bike parking will be available at the Wills Lot. The Wills Lot can be accessed from Wills Avenue via Rand or Locust. Handicap parking is also available.
VIDEOS & PHOTOS
Rubber City Jazz Festival Highlight Video:
Jazz Festival Innerbelt Panel Discussion:
Full Jazz Festival at the Innerbelt Video: