Branford Marsalis to play free concert

Jazz saxophonist Branford Marsalis will headline a free concert that will cap off an uptown arts festival on Oct. 29.

The outdoor performance by Marsalis and his jazz group will conclude the Wells Fargo Community Celebration, a daylong festival showcasing Charlotte's cultural groups. More than 20 arts groups will perform for free or open their doors without charge, and a street fair will take over a block of South Tryon.

Wells Fargo is sponsoring the festival to commemorate the completion of its takeover of the former Wachovia. During September and October, Wells Fargo signs will go up at the bank's Charlotte-area branches - the last in the company to make the switch.

The bank will open a Wells Fargo History Museum on Oct. 29 as a part of the festival. Rides in a 19th-century stagecoach - an emblem of the bank - will be part of the street fair.

Marsalis has a musical link to Charlotte: In 2003, his quartet brought out "Romare Bearden Revealed," a CD paying tribute to the Mecklenburg-born visual artist. On Oct. 29, he'll perform on an outdoor stage at South Tryon and Third streets. Earlier in the day - a Saturday - Charlotte groups will perform for free in the Knight Theater and other locations.

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