PHLADELPHIA (CBS) — The lineup for this year’s West Oak Lane Jazz and Arts Festival was announced today.

Chaka Khan, Roy Ayers, and Chrisette Michelle are just a few of the artists performing in this year’s festival.  Several local groups such as the Philadelphia Freedom Jazz Orchestra and the Clef Club Youth Band will also grace the stage.

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But it’s not just about the fun.  Pennsylvania state representative Dwight Evans (D-Phila.) says the festival represents an important investment in the West Oak Lane neighborhood.

“What it generates is the jobs, people coming into the neighborhood, and building businesses,” Evans said today.

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With looming budget deficits across Pennsylvania, there was controversy last year over whether the state’s investment of $1 million in the three-day festival was worth it.

“You take risks,” says Evans.  “Sometimes things turn out, sometimes things don’t turn out.  At the end of the day, I would say, the outcome has been very positive.”

The festival runs from June 17th to 19th.

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Reported by Cherri Gregg, KYW Newsradio 1060