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Grant Street Festival Now B'Town Jazz Festival 

The B'Town Jazz Festival, formerly known as the Grant Street Jazz Festival, takes place annually in downtown Bloomington. The free festival, presented by B'Town Jazz, has showcased some of the musical talent in Bloomington, including outstanding high school, college, and professional musicians.  Craig played in each of the first four annual festivals, most recently with Joe Donnelly (sax) in August, 2015. Other performers have included Jamey Aebersold, Wayne Wallace, Mayo Jazz, Paul Kirk and Dave Bruker (bass/guitar duo), Monika Herzig, Janiece Jaffe, Jazz Fables, Postmodern Jazz Quartet, Café Cubano, the Matt Shugert Jazz Quartet, Peter Kienle, Tom Clark, Mike Lucas, Rachel Caswell, Carolyn Dutton, Mitch Shiner, and IU Jazz Faculty including Pat Harbison, Tom Walsh, Luke Gillespie, Jeremy Allen, Steve Houghton, Michael Spiro and others.

Watch a video of part Craig's performance with Joe Donnelly in Media.

Craig & Lori in Concert - Evanston, IL 

Craig & Lori perform frequently at the Fountain Square Art Festival, Evanston, IL, the largest and oldest fine arts fair on Chicago's majestic North Shore. Featuring the eclectic works of more than 225 juried artists, this arts showcase epitomizes words like "cosmopolitan" and "sophistication." The festival takes place in downtown Evanston, steps from the eponymous Fountain Square. It also features a popular children's art tent with activities overseen by the acclaimed Evanston Art Center, food, and an eclectic music lineup.

Craig plays in New Orleans at the Old U. S. Mint during Jazz Fest! 

Craig explored the jazzy side of blues and boogie woogie piano on May 2, 2015, at the Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade, New Orleans, in a concert presented by the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park.  Craig's 2012 and 2013 Mint performances were recorded by Danny Kadar and are available on the CD Live At The Old Mint: Blues & Boogie Woogie Pianofeaturing "Uganda" Roberts on congas and Lori Brenner on rubboard.  Uganda, a native of New Orleans, has performed and recorded with many greats in the history of New Orleans music, including Professor Longhair, Dr. John, the Meters, the Wild Magnolias, Willie Tee, John Mooney, and others. In 2005 he received the Sidney Bechet Award for Innovation presented by the New Orleans International Music Colloquium. Lori is lead vocalist on Live to Love by Craig Brenner & The Crawdads, and also plays accordion and percussion with the band and in a duo with Craig.

Read a review of Live At The Old Mint: Blues & Boogie Woogie Piano by Rex Bartholomew in the July 27, 2014 issue of Blues Blast.

Bloomington Boogies: The Bloomington Blues and Boogie Woogie Piano Festival 

The first Bloomington Blues and Boogie Woogie Piano Festival was Sunday, August 9, 2015, in and outside the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center, Bloomington, IN! The festival featured pianists Marcia Ball, Bob Seeley, Carl Sonny Leyland, Bruce "Sunpie" Barnes, Liz Pennock and Dr. Blues, Craig and others, with rhythm section and professional dancers. Josh Davis taught East Coast Swing and Blues Dance styles before the festival. Click here to see photos and videos from the first Bloomington Boogies.  Tickets to performances in the Ivy Tech Waldron auditorium sold out.

After the Ivy Tech Waldron concert, music continued at Bloomington Boogies After Hours at Malibu Grill, on the Square in downtown Bloomington, where the pianists performed with no cover charge. On Aug. 10, Marcia Ball, Carl Sonny Leyland,and Bob Seeley played an additional concert at Fairview Elementary for 360 students and 30 adults.

The Uptown Cafe offered Bloomington Boogies specials - dinner entrees on Aug. 7 and 8, and brunch specials on Aug. 8 and 9. 

Major Event Sponsors included   

Ivy Tech Community College       Carmin Parker P.C.      Bloomington Arts Commission       Indiana Arts Commission 

Festival Underwriters included      IU Credit Union      Trojan Horse Restaurant & Tavern   
Oliver Winery & Vineyards   Mother Bear's Pizza   Nick's English Hut  Tim and Cheri DeBruicker   Robert Kissel  Maple Grove Farms, LP

Media Sponsors included WFHBWFIU and Bloom Magazine

Additional supporters included  Malibu Grill   Thomas Gallagher   Function Brewing   Downtown Bloomington Inc.   Indiana Institute on Disability and Community   Owen County State Bank   Griffin Realty   Royale Hair Parlor LLC   World Wide Automotive Service   Newhouse Construction  
Bill C. Brown Associates    Nature's Way   Curry Auto Center    Andrew Davis Clothiers​    Renaissance Rentals    MainSource Bank
Bloomington Council for Community Accessibility   Adrian and Linda Eversoll    The Uptown Cafe    Bob Arnove    Jawn and Karen Bauer Family   Michele Brentano    Val Haughton and Frank Motley   Chris Gaal and Dr. Beth Florini     Rob Stone and Karen Green Stone    
Kevin Robling and Jenny Stephens    Marcy & Michael Wenzler   Phil & Linda Stafford   Story Insights   Rod Young    Stephen Percy  
Monroe County History Center   Fourwinds Resort & Marina    Ken Grooms & Zain Mackey   Springhill Suites by Marriott Bloomington  
Melody Music Shop, LLC     Mark Wiedenmayer

The festival was awarded a 2015 Visit Bloomington Tourism Marketing Grant - read about the grant at The festival was supported in part by the Bloomington Arts Commission's Arts Project Grant Program - read about the grant at This activity was made possible in part,with support from the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. The festival received a Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association Zone Arts Grant. 

For information about the 2nd Bloomington Boogies Festival coming in August of 2016, go to the festival website

Craig at 2014 Festival International de Boogie Woogie de Laroquebrou 

Craig was invited by festival organizer Jean-Paul Amouroux to join dozens of other musicians and perform at one of the largest boogie woogie festivals in the world in Laroquebrou, France, Aug. 7, 8 & 9, 2014!  See photos by clicking on "Media" above, or watch a video of some of the action here:

More details at and