NEWPORT NEWS-From Thursday, April 20 through Saturday, April 22, the City of Newport News will honor native Ella Fitzgerald as it hosts the 25th annual Ella Fitzgerald Music Festival. The event will also feature fellow native and nationally acclaimed jazz singer Samara Joy.
The festival will take place at the Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center at 2410 Wickham Ave. Young performers will kick off the festival, with Christopher Newport University’s Jazz Ensemble and singers from Heritage High School set to perform on Thursday, April 20 at 8pm.
On Friday, April 21, Ferguson will sponsor a festival reception at 6:30pm, which includes a concert at 8pm with regional jazz favorite Good Shot Judy. The highlight of the festival will be Samara Joy with opening act Kensie B. & Company on Saturday, April 22.
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