What do Duke Ellington and the Velvet Underground have in common?
Both performed at an Aztec-themed venue on Detroit’s east side. Opened in 1929 and shuttered in 1958 and again in 1988, the Vanity Ballroom remains a historic fixture along the Jefferson-Chalmers business district. To celebrate the heritage of this Detroit neighborhood, the Jazzin’ On Jefferson series returns with Jazzin’ at the Vanity, a free two-day jazz and blues festival as a kick-off to the Vanity’s revitalization and restoration efforts. The event will offer a marketplace, food, visual art experiences, children’s activities, historic tours, as well as performances by Ralphe Armstrong, Allen Dennard, Mahogany Jones, Marion Hayden Detroit Legacy, Thornetta Davis, and more.