July 1, 2021

PRESS RELEASE – Friends of James Weldon Johnson Park Announces Sweet September

Friends of James Weldon Johnson Park Announces Sweet September


Watch Candyland come to life in James Weldon Johnson Park at this new FREE, family-friendly festival on September 25 from 2 PM to 8 PM. Sweet September will feature delicious treats, candy cocktails and carnival games. Sugarcoat your ears with jazzy tunes from Joslyn and the Sweet Compression and the Groove Coalition. Our host, Henny will liven up the party at this candy bash! 

This event is presented by Friends of James Weldon Johnson and Yaya Productions. Limited seating available at this event. You are welcome to bring your own chair.

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About Joslyn and The Sweet Compression 

After cultivating her dynamic voice and performance skills in backup roles and stage plays, Joslyn Hampton teamed with her stepfather, Marty Charters (a touring guitarist and songwriter who has shared the stage with legends such as Junior Wells, Buddy Guy and Van Morrison), to compose a captivating set of tunes and assemble an ace band. Joslyn & The Sweet Compression (Marty Charters – guitar, Steve Holloman – keyboards, Smith Donaldson – bass, Rashawn Fleming – drums, Trevin Little – saxophone and Chase Fleming – trombone and trumpet) combine to deliver a hook-filled mix of funk and soul on their self-titled debut album, released in 2019. A headlining favorite at regional clubs and music festivals, they are poised to engage fans across the country with widespread touring in 2021. 


About The Groove Coalition 

Based in Jacksonville, Florida, The Groove Coalition is quickly becoming the “go to” band for funk, soul, jazz, R&B and neo-soul. Formed out of the necessity to keep the music simple, danceable and undeniably groovy, The Groove Coalition strives to give its listener a memorable musical experience. 


About Friends of James Weldon Johnson Park  

Friends of James Weldon Johnson Park (FOFJWJP), originally Friends of Hemming Park, is a non-profit organization created in 2014 with funding from the City of Jacksonville to revitalize the city’s first and most historic public park. Its mission is to transform James Weldon Johnson Park into a modern, urban space that engages diverse communities and restore vitality to our city’s public square. This is accomplished by adding and maintaining landscaping and amenities and providing daily programming. In its six and a half years of managing the park, FOJWJP has created a hospitable atmosphere with updated landscaping that is maintained daily, a kid zone, a sculpture garden, a food truck court, and live music performances during lunch hours, while still being compassionate towards our homeless population. Several weekends throughout the year, we offer family-friendly festivals that highlight people of all cultures, embrace history, and use the performing and visual arts as a tool to engage and educate our visitors.