2016 Blues People Festival International – December 4 through 11 - An eight-day series of free performances and events to celebrate, educate and entertain the public with music representative of the genre of styles developed by and through the experiences of the people of Newark: Jazz, Latin, Rhythm and Blues, Gospel, Blues, Spirituals, BeBop, Pop, Country, Doo Wop, Soul, Latin, and Fada.
Performers, international and local, are presented al local businesses in an effort to provide support and to garner new clientele for that business.
This exciting week will culminate with the Newark staple, The Organ Jam. Artists join together to celebrate the sound of the B-3 Hammond organ which was used to help establish a category of jazz music extremely popular in the City of Newark. Newark born international jazz organist Rhoda Scott will headline the Organ Jam.
The festival’s title is taken from poet, writer, activist Amiri Baraka’s 1963 seminal book Blues People.