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Large Turnout At 8th Annual West Oak Lane Jazz And Arts Festival

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - The 8th Annual West Oak Lane Jazz and Arts Festival is taking place all weekend long and visitors say this is an event that has become a staple of the community.

“I got my cooler, I got my drinks, I got my chair too, and I got my snacks, and I’m ready to sit down and enjoy the festivities.”

For many, the enjoyment of this festival is more than music, crafts and food; it’s also a reunion of sorts.

“I went to school up here, so I’ve run into some old people. I ran into my cousin and I didn’t even know that we were going to meet up.”

Now in its eighth year, Rick White, the festival’s co-producer, says it actually unofficially originated about 25 years ago by neighbors looking to encourage folks to come out and clean the streets.

“Some bands got out, local people come out, you know. You talk about organic. This is truly organic,” said White.

These days there are plenty of vendors trying to sell various goods.

“We have the marketplace,” said one visitor.

And there are a variety of musical highlights.

Kuznits: “Who are you here to see?”

“My girl, Chaka Kahn,” exclaimed an excited spectator.

Kuznits: “Alright, give me a little Chaka Kahn!”

“I’m every woman, she’s all of me!”

Reported by Hadas Kuznits, KYW Newsradio