Jazzin’ at the Vanity

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Jazzin’ at the Vanity is a free 2-day jazz and blues festival featuring live performances, great food, an amazing marketplace, crafts, visual art experiences, area tours, activities for children and much more!

Jazzin’ at the Vanity takes place on Jefferson Avenue between Newport and Lakewood streets, in the shadow of The Vanity Ballroom in the center of historic Jefferson Avenue Business District. The festival features two live music stages, a wide variety of local vendors and food, wine & spirits and activities for the entire family, including a Kids Zone.

Vanity Ballroom


The Vanity Ballroom is one of the last surviving big-band era ballrooms in Detroit with a rich cultural legacy. Nestled in the Jefferson-Chalmers Historic Business District, this neighborhood gem was a hotspot for jazz and blues music from the 1920s to 1950s. The Vanity Ballroom was a popular social gathering space that included $.05 admission to dance on a spring-loaded wood dance floor where patrons could enjoy musical legends such as Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, the MC5 and the Stooges, who often played its stages.

The once vibrant and popular ballroom is getting a new life! JEI (Jefferson East, Inc), a Detroit neighborhood nonprofit who owns the Vanity Ballroom,plans a complicated $12 million restoration project–approximately $2 million is needed to repair the roof alone. JEI, is leading revitalization efforts to restore and preserve this iconic neighborhood treasure with its development partner, East Jefferson Development Corporation (EJDevCo). EJDevCo will lead community engagement, planning, design, engineering and construction efforts on behalf of the partnership.

Saturday, June 29th – 12pm to 9pm
Sunday, June 30th – 1pm to 7pm

Jefferson Avenue between Newport and Lakewood streets
1024 Newport St. Detroit, MI 48215

Jazzin’ at the Vanity Line Up

Main Stage

  • Allen Dennard - 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
  • James O’Donnell / Tbone PaxtoOn Octet - 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • JCG (James Cloyd Group) - 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
  • Ralphe Armstrong - 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Community Stage

  • Pam Jaslove Quartet - 2:30 - 3:30 pm
  • Mahogony Jones & Friends - 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Brandon Williams – Jazz Explorations - 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
  • We Free Project - 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Jazzin’ at the Vanity Line Up

Main Stage

Community Stage

External Links

Vanity Ballroom Wikipedia