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"Blue" Lou Marini III joined with The "Original" Blues Brothers Band for a while on the Jazz Stage at the Denton Arts and Jazz Festival, Saturday, April 27, 2013, in Denton, TX.
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Hundreds of people came out to experience the last day of the Denton Arts & Jazz Festival on Sunday at Quakertown Park.

The Denton Festival Foundation, Inc., in cooperation with the city of Denton and the Dallas/Fort Worth American Federation of Musicians, produces the festival with support from individual and corporate sponsors.

Officials said more than 2,700 musicians, artists and performers provided entertainment during the event, which began Friday and attracted an estimated 200,000 people.

The festival included seven stages with jazz, blues and cross-cultural music from artists as young as 10, and several food courts served up a variey of tasty options for hungry cutomers.

The 12-and-under crowd had a section of their own at the festival — the Children’s Art Tent and Percussion Tent. There were areas for kids to draw, make music, finger paint, mold clay and construct masks.

“The kids came in waves,” said UNT student Dorothy Rios, who managed the Children’s Art Tent.

Even though the tent was designed for children, Rios said, some parents couldn’t help getting involved.

“Sometimes, the parents would take over their child’s work and make it their own. It’s a little detrimental to the child’s creativity,” she said with a laugh. “But for the most part, the parents would let their kids go for it.”

Rios said clay molding was the biggest hit for children. She said the children loved getting their hands muddy in the clay.

UNT student Stefani Gallagher, who assisted kids with the clay, said last year’s most popular items to mold were Angry Birds.

“This year, it’s bowls. Lots of bowls and cups,” she said.

The festival concluded with Denton’s own Brave Combo on the main stage.

The festival is held the last full weekend in April and the foundation uses proceeds from booth rentals and concession sales to support the arts throughout the city of Denton.

For more information on the festival and its sponsors, visit www.dentonjazzfest.com.

JOHN D. HARDEN can be reached at 940-566-6882 and via Twitter at @JDHarden.

 


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