Popular Philadelphia Jazz Festival Canceled

By Chelsea Karnash

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Jazz aficionados won’t be happy to hear this: The Ogontz Avenue Revitalization Corporation (OARC) has announced that it will not host the annual West Oak Lane Jazz & Arts Festival this year.

The annual three-day event, which attracted up to a half-million people and was meant to draw Delaware Valley families and businesses to the decaying residential area, has been scrapped in favor of a new arts and culture series that will promote regional artists and musicians throughout the year.

OARC released a statement that read, in part, “OARC plans to create opportunities to display local talent, local artists, and local entertainers, in various venues throughout the year. We are proud of what has been accomplished…and will continue the OARC mission of revitalization by creating events that have the same meaningful purpose as the West Oak Lane Jazz Festival.”

There is no explanation of why the festival was canceled.

The West Oak Lane Jazz & Arts Festival was created in 2003 and held in June. This would have been its 9th year.

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  • Sheila E. Burns

    I will miss the Jazz festival. I just went online to purchase my ticket to Philadelphia from Fort Lauderdale. VERY SAD.

  • Rhonda

    If Dwight Evans was still there this would have never happened. He was the one that got the whole WOL Jazz Festival started, but now that the republicans have taken over they take it away from us… How sad is that?

  • robert s.

    @ all of theses comment are so ture,bcs I lived there all my life,and I will miss it this year,I and gf travel last year 2011 from new york up state a 3 hour drive boo hoo I hope they change there minds

  • Peter

    Why is there no problem with hosting Kendra Wilkinson in atlantic City but you can’t find someone to host a jazz festival?

  • Linda D Bryant

    I always look forward to going to the Jazz Festival . There are not many venues for this type of music anymore.

    As for the crime in Philly–THERE IS CRIME IN EVERY NEIGHBORHOOD!!!!

    I hope that they reconsider this decision. If the city wants to cancel an event–
    cancel those MUMMERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kathelleen Parsons

    maybe because people would be to intimidated to go to philly with all the criminal mischief going on. I feel uncomfortable going to philly now more than ever.

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