Northwest Bank Sponsors Annual Jazz Festival in Lewiston, NY

LEWISTON, NEW YORK FEBRUARY 25, 2017—This year, the Historic Lewiston Jazz Festival has partnered with Northwest Bank to bring you the 16th annual festival, scheduled for Friday August 25 and Saturday, August 26, 2017.  Dedicated to the continuous success of the festival, Northwest committed to a long-term sponsorship, which includes naming rights.  This year, the two-day event will make its debut as The Northwest Jazz Festival.

Voted one of the top 100 events in North America by the American Bus Association (2014), this year’s festival features more than 150 world-class jazz musicians across five outdoor stages, rain or shine, as well as free general admission.  Festival goers can also look forward to a jewelry show and culinary samplings by some of Western New York’s best restaurants.

“We’re committed to supporting organizations throughout Western New York, and are particularly proud to help continue this valuable tradition, which not only celebrates the art of jazz, but also brings 40,000 people to Lewiston—many of whom will support our local shops and restaurants,” said John Golding, Northwest’s New York Region president.  “We look forward to working with the festival team and other sponsors to be sure this year’s event is a huge success.”

According to Jennifer Pauly, The Northwest Jazz Festival’s coordinator, the festival costs more than $150,000 to host.  “Without community partners like Northwest, the festival wouldn’t exist.  We appreciate the support of all of our sponsors, big and small.”

To help cover the cost of this year’s event, the festival will host its annual A Taste of Jazz fundraiser on Sunday, April 2 at Water Street Landing.  Tickets to this evening of great food and music are $20 presale, or $25 at the door.

For more information about A Taste of Jazz or this year’s festival, visit or call Jennifer Pauly at 716-754-9500


About Northwest Bank

Northwest Bank operates 167 full-service offices and 9 free-standing drive through locations. Founded in 1896, Northwest offers a complete line of personal and business banking products including employee benefits, investment management services, insurance and trust. Northwest Bancshares, Inc. is the holding company of Northwest and is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market as NWBI. More information about Northwest can be found online at