Jazz and art may replace pop and carnival rides as the marquee village-sponsored community event in Brookfield this year.
The village’s Special Events Commission on Wednesday, March 8, threw its support behind a one-day jazz festival and an art show at Kiwanis Park, 8820 Brookfield Ave., in the fall. This fall event would take the place of Brookfest, which the village board cancelled last year due to concerns about security.
The commission, an advisory panel to the board, had considered recommending that the village host a two-day jazz fest on Grand Boulevard. But commission member Ian Tiele, who was unable to attend the previous commission meeting, said a park was a more suitable venue than a busy downtown street.
“As much as I love jazz, I don’t think [a jazz fest] works as a two-day thing, and I don’t think it works on Grand Boulevard,” said Tiele, founder of the Brookfield Jazz Society.
In an interview, Tiele said the fest could showcase bluegrass, Dixieland, bebop and other styles of jazz music.
Trustee Michael Towner, who is the village’s board’s liaison to the Special Events Commission, said the commission should consider including child-oriented attractions
Brookfield residents can enjoy the sounds of music and a move under the stars this summer.
The village will host concerts on June 16 and 30, July 14 and 28 and Aug. 25, and a movie on Aug. 11, said Arlene Rovner of the Recreation Department.
Two musical groups have been lined up: Brit Beat, a Beatles cover band, is scheduled to appear on June 16, while the West Suburban Concert Band is scheduled for Aug. 25. All concerts will be at Kiwanis Park, 8820 Brookfield Ave.
In addition, a yet-to-be-determined feature film will be shown on a large screen at Jaycee/Ehlert Park, Congress Park and Elm avenues during the summer. Admission for the music and movie events will be free.
Businesses and community groups are invited to sponsor refreshment booths and children’s attractions, such as face painting and crafts. Interested businesses and organizations should call Rovner at 485-7344, ext. 361.