This post was written by Mary Szymkowiak, Communications Manager with the Gahanna Convention & Visitors Bureau. You can follow her on Twitter @CreeksideBlues and @VisitGahanna

Nothing is better than a summer evening under the stars listening to live music, enjoying great food/drinks and hanging out with friends. Gahanna’s 15th annual Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival (CBJF), presented June 14-16 by the Gahanna Convention & Visitors Bureau (GCVB), offers the perfect opportunity to seize the summer.

The event features 90 hours of the BEST blues and jazz music in Ohio, showcasing five stages of local, regional and national acts. Set in Creekside Park and Olde Gahanna, the CBJF includes a wide selection of outstanding food trucks/vendors, a Musical Discovery Zone with family friendly activities, amusement rides, an artisan market and a Sunday Father’s Day Jazz Brunch.

CreeksideFestWith a history for bringing unparalleled blues and jazz musicians to Olde Gahanna, the CBJF continues that tradition in 2013 with a line-up that includes: Kelly Richey Band, Anthony Gomes, Kilborn Alley, Brooks Family Blues Dynasty and Davina and the Vagabonds headlining the AEP Ohio Electric Blues Stage. On the Heartland Bank Jazz Stage, central Ohio favorites Marion Meadows with the Urban Jazz Coalition, Yumbambe and the Christian Howes Quartet will perform.

Festival hours are: 5-11 p.m. Friday, June 14; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, June 15; and Noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 16. General admission, $4. Weekend passes, $10 (available Friday only). Children under 12 and members of the military and their immediate family members get free admission (ID required for military). Admission on Sunday, June 16 is free from 12 – 2 p.m. with a donation of a nonperishable food item(s) per person to benefit Mid-Ohio Foodbank. CBJF Evening medWe've got a great opportunity to win one of two pairs of all-access passes, good for the whole weekend! To enter, leave a comment on this post with your favorite local band of any genre! We'll draw two winners at random on Tuesday, June 11 at noon!

For more information, visit creeksidebluesandjazz.com or call the Gahanna Convention & Visitors Bureau at (614) 418-9114.