Hundreds show up for fourth annual Homecoming Jazz and Blues Festival IDLEWILD \u2014 Soulful blues and jazz music, the lingering smell of barbecue and tons of dancing and singing were the perfect ingredients for a day of fun, friends and family. Whether they were cherished favorites from Stevie Wonder and B.B. King or original tunes from the bands on stage, people brought lawn chairs, sat at picnic tables or crowded the dance area at John Meeks Park for the fourth annual Homecoming Jazz and Blues Festival on Saturday in Idlewild. Joining others from across the state and country, Flint residents Marilyn Leverette and Duane Walker spent three hours on a bus to converge on the small Lake County community for 10 hours of blues and jazz music. Leverette heard about the musical legacy of Idlewild and wanted to make the trip to Saturday\u2019s festival. \u201cI\u2019m really waiting to hear some blues,\u201d she said with a smile. \u201cI wanted to come here and see this and have a good time.\u201d Leverette and Walker joined a park full of young and old in listening to performers Mary Rademacher, the Dexter Sims Trio, Craig Hunnicutt and Hot Point, the Chris Kjorness Trio, Freddie G, the Chicago Groove Dynasty Band and Paul \u201cMoz\u201d Mosby from WDIV FM radio. \u201cWe were at another jazz event and heard about this and had to get tickets,\u201d Walker explained. \u201cI\u2019m here really for the jazz music.\u201d The two were happy to see such an accommodating community after such a long bus trip. \u201cI\u2019m really enjoying this,\u201d Walker added. \u201cThere are a lot of friendly people and it\u2019s a wonderful atmosphere here.\u201d Lansing resident Bill Higgins was invited to the festival by his friend, Jesse, of Bitely. \u201cThis is the first time I\u2019ve gone to a festival or been up here for something this,\u201d Higgins said, as he had just set up his lawn chair and sat down. \u201cIt\u2019s pretty nice with everyone here.\u201d Music will once again be echoing throughout Idlewild on Saturday, Aug. 13, as the second Idlewild Heritage Music Festival takes place on Williams Island. Performers for the event include Ray Parker Jr., Michael Henderson and D Train, Debonair Casanova, Jeri Wade, Sarge the Dame and Bedrock and comedian Mike Bonner. For more information about the Idlewild Heritage Music Festival, call (248) 773-7858.