For years, music fans who couldn't make it to downtown Detroit over Labor Day weekend have bemoaned the fact that the Detroit International Jazz Festival was no longer aired live on Detroit TV.
This year, you'll be able to watch some performances and artist interviews at the jazz festival -- via your computer.
The September festival is ramping up its interactive presence with Jazz Planet.tv. Downtown, especially the Campus Martius Jazz Planet stage, will be swarming with video cameras and Skyping video journalists.
The festival will partner with Show Ads Network, Livestream.com and Detroit Public Television to offer live streaming of musical acts performing on the Campus Martius stage, as well as backstage interviews with artists, breaking news and chats with fans and others in and around downtown Detroit.
Festival organizers already have an active Facebook page and will use it and other social networking sites to interact with jazz fans around the world. Most of the video journalists roaming the grounds will be apprentices from the Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts.
Festival director Terri Pontremoli likens the festival vibe to a "Jazz Disneyland" and she says believes such engagement with a worldwide audience will help the festival attract additional financial support and be a boon to the jazz musicians by encouraging sales of their recorded music and leading to post-Jazzfest bookings. In other news:
• There will once again be a Detroit Jazz Fest iPhone app, available for download Aug. 23 at the iTunes store. The app will allow Jazzfest-goers to look at a map of the stages and see who's playing where and when, at a glance. An exciting bonus is that this year non-iPhone users also will be able to view the festival schedule of acts and map via any mobile phone with Internet access.
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