Tommy Mann Jr.
The Orange Leader
Get your dose of jazz and blues this month at Crockett Street.
The Kinsel Lincoln Jazz and Blues Fest will be held on Saturday, May 18, as an outdoor event at the Crockett Street Entertainment District in downtown Beaumont. The gates open at 2 p.m. and admission is $10 per person. Children ages 10 and younger are admitted free of charge.
Tickets for the event, which is benefiting The Museum of the Gulf Coast, are available at all Rao’s Bakery locations, Guitar and Banjo Studio in Beaumont, Kampus Korner on the campus of Lamar University in Beaumont, the Museum of the Gulf Coast in Port Arthur and the Crockett Street Administration Office in Beaumont.
Headlining the event is none other than local music legend, Barbara Lynn.
Born Barbara Lynn Ozen, Lynn, born Barbara Lynn Ozen, has been performing music since she was a child and continues doing so now at the young age of 71.
In 1962, she wrote and recorded “You’ll Lose a Good Thing,” which became a Top 10 national hit and reached number one on the R&B charts, according to AllMusic Guide.
According to a January 2012 article in The Orange Leader, not only did Lynn write and record her own material, she also wrote songs for other performers, such as the song “Oh Baby (We Got a Good Thing Goin’)” which was recorded by the Rolling Stones.
Lynn, who still resides in Beaumont, has toured the world with some of the biggest artists of the day, including James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Ike and Tina Turner, B.B. King, The Temptations, Otis Redding and others.
Other artists set to perform at the festival include The Lisa Marshall Band, Jimmy Simmons Band, Lil’ Brian and Zydeco Blues, Dean James, Shawn Pittman, Flava, Ashlynn Ivy, Jazz Innovators, The Rob White Band, Andrew Kelly Borel, Virginia Martinez, Book of Days, 3 Car Garage and Silas Feemster.
Visit www.beaumontjazzfest.com for scheduling and information.