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Jamaica Arts & Music Summer fest returns

Food, music and more on Aug. 1 and 2

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Posted: Thursday, July 31, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 11:51 am, Thu Aug 7, 2014.

The annual Jamaica Arts & Music Summer Festival will return to downtown Jamaica on Aug. 1 and 2.

JAMS, founded in 1996, once again will bring music, entertainment, food, shopping and community resources to a 10-block stretch of Jamaica Avenue from Parsons Boulevard to 170th Street.

The two-day event will kick off with JAMS Under the Stars, an evening concert at 6 p.m. on Friday at Rufus King Park. Performances will pay homage to legends of jazz, rhythm & blues, rock and funk music.

The park is located north of Jamaica Avenue between 150th and 153rd streets.

The main event runs on Saturday, Aug. 2, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., with a 10-block stretch of Jamaica Avenue closed to vehicular traffic.

Live entertainment will be offered from a number of stages. Many artists from Southeast Queens, both established performers and up-and-coming acts, will perform.

Free events and activities for children will include rides, face painting, clowns and other entertainment.

Refreshments will be available along Jamaica Avenue.

Multicultural vendors and their merchandise will be available at scores of booths and tables set up along both sides of the street.

Numerous cultural and artistic displays will be available at numerous venues. They will include a number of urban folk exhibitions.

Several events, displays and demonstrations will focus on health, fitness and wellness, including some connected with First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign.

Fans of automobiles and history will be able to visit a car show featuring classic, antique and new vehicles.

Organizers are anticipating an estimated 185,000 visitors for the two-day event.

Further information on the Jamaica Arts & Music Summer Festival is available at the website of Cultural Collaborative Jamaica at go2ccj.org.

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