NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ -Melodious riffs from keyboards, drum bass guitars, saxophones filled downtown George Street on Saturday afternoon for the second day of the Central Jazz Festival.
Hundreds of people plunked down their folding chairs in the middle of the thoroughfare closed off for the day as musicians took to to the portable stage stretched across the road to hear four hours of jazz music in what has become a growing annual attraction in the Hub City.
The festival began on Friday night with a show in Flemington. New Brunswick held its sixth annual show on Saturday and Somerville followed with a show on Sunday.
Three-time Grammy winner Terri Lune Carrington headline the Hub City presentation. She was preceeded by Eddit Allen and by Hackensack's Matthew Whitaker.
In between those shows, the crowds listened and danced to performances from the New Brunswick Brass Band, including graduates and students from Rutgers University's Mason Gross School for the Arts.
This was the sixth year of the festival in the Hub City, a production that involves a lot of work and many people, said Michael Tublin, the main organizer of the show. He said the effort was worth the time.
"For the love of our community, for the jazz," Tublin said. "And, it's just fun."
Tables were set up along the three to publicized the festival, and the George Street Playhouse, and to register people to vote.
People munched on chicken shish kabobs grilled at a vendor on the street, and for the first year there was a section for people to sit an a table and have a drink within a carefully cordon area when workers checked IDs.