Atlanta Jazz Festival ready to rock Piedmont Park

Rain won't be able to stop an Atlanta music institution from happening this weekend.

The Atlanta Jazz Festival in Piedmont Park is kicking off today.

The free music festival, which started 40 years ago, will feature dozens of musical performers spread across three stages Saturday and Sunday.

In addition, artists from across the country will set up their booths in an artist's market.

Despite the potential for bad weather, vendors say they're hopeful Atlanta residents will take advantage of the free entertainment.

"I'm hoping that, you know, since it's a free concert it'd be crazy not to come," artist and vendor Ricky Steele said. "I'd get me a big umbrella because you can't beat free."

Over the years a number of jazz legends have performed for the city's music fans at the festival.

Among them: Nina Simone, Dizzy Gillespie, and Miles Davis.