The cool sounds of jazz filled the humid air at Bushnell Park, and people young and old put their feet up and took in the relaxing melodies.
"It’s the beautiful music and the wonderful atmosphere with the people," said Rich Smith of Hartford.
"It is so relaxing listening to the jazz music, the instrumental. It’s so relaxing; you’re just like lost in this and keep your composure and enjoy the music," said Clarina Marius of East Hartford.
This is the nineteenth year Hartford has hosted the Greater Harford Festival of Jazz, and for many people in Connecticut it remains a summer tradition. They pack up a cooler, bring out the folding chairs and prepare for three days full of music.
"The whole lawn will just be full of people, and it’s just great to see the amount of people who come out enjoy the music, coming together," said Steve Konior of Middletown.
Over at the Comcast Theater, another musical act took the stage.
Lady Antebellum opened for country singer Tim McGraw. Just before the concert, it started to downpour, but no one was going to the storm ruin the start of the weekend.
Now all they’ll have to do is wish for a cooler weekend.
"I would much rather be listening to Miles Davis in my air conditioning , but like I said, coming out here for the people, getting to hear this stuff out in public is the best part about it," said Konior.