Phil Denny’s Armory Smooth Jazz Fete proudly presented by Michigan Plumbing brings together a celebrated list of local, regional, national and internationally acclaimed cross-genre jazz musicians. Styles supported range from smooth, contemporary, modern, pop and R&B. The Armory Smooth Jazz Fete is produced by Lansing-based international recording artist and saxophonist Phil Denny. FOOD VENDORS – BEER – WINE – LOCAL ART & MORE!
When is the Phil Denny’s Armory Smooth Jazz Fete? The one day ticketed fete is held annually on the second Saturday of August. The 2nd annual fete will be held on Saturday, August 11, 2018 from 1pm until 9pm and consist of seven featured performers.
Where Is Phil Denny’s Armory Smooth Jazz Festival held? The fete is held at the historic Armory located at 330 Marshall Street in Lansing, MI. Phil Denny’s Armory Smooth Jazz Fete aims to celebrate the properties rich heritage of community related events and activities which has not been done at this level in several years. From 1924 to 2005, the Marshall Street Armory was home to the 119th Field Artillery of the Michigan National Guard. In addition, throughout its nearly 90 years of service to the Lansing community, the Armory has hosted a variety of events, including the training sessions of the National Guard, dances, weddings, circuses, boxing matches, WWII rallies, and St. Patrick’s Day parties. Five years after lapsing into disuse, the Gillespie Group purchased the building in 2010. The fully restored Armory is now home to the Gillespie Group’s corporate headquarters as well as a host of non-profit organizations including the Capital Area United Way which we’re excited to have on board as a supportive and receiving partner.
Why Support Phil Denny’s Armory Smooth Jazz Fete? First of its kind! That’s right, an independent, artist-produced and Lansing-based smooth jazz fete labeled as new and hip which offers great outdoor, centrally located entertainment in a burgeoning Eastside community. Your attendance aides in bridging the Lansing/East Lansing corridor while further branding a diverse, cultural and arts-based city stemming various local economic benefits. In addition, we support select non-profit organizations through our partnership program and funds are reinvested into the Lansing community. First year non-profit partners included the Capital Area United Way and the Entrepreneur Institute.
Who is the Audience for Phil Denny’s Armory Smooth Jazz Fete? The fete is for everyone who loves and appreciates live music! We enjoy entertaining a broad and diverse demographic of persons of all adult ages and nationalities. A great cross-section for our Lansing community. The inaugural Armory Smooth Jazz Fete welcomed over 700 music followers from across the state, bordering states and beyond.
* Phil Denny’s Armory Smooth Jazz Fete is a 21 years of age and up event!