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Pender, Concerts, Pub Crawls, to treat music lovers all!

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Renowned trumpeter Mark Pender, who each year headlines the annual Cherokee Jazz & Blues festival, in the past played with the Cherokee Washington High Jazz Band at a basketball game in Cherokee. Photo by Paul Struck.
Ticket sales are brisk for this weekend's 7th annual Cherokee Jazz & Blues Festival, again headlined by Mark Pender, renowned trumpet player with the Max Weinberg 7, the house band for The Late Night With Conan O'Brien Show on NBC television.

The music action begins with a special Music Clinic for area high school musicians and their band directors at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 12 at the Cherokee Middle School. The Jim Oatts Sextet, including members of the Des Moines Big Band, is conducting the clinic from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The popular Pub Crawls begin Friday night, featuring the Northwest Iowa Musicians playing at the Copper Cup from 7-10 p.m., a non-smoking venue.

Internationally acclaimed guitarist Glenn Alexander plays with the Mark Pender Band at the annual Cherokee Jazz & Blues Festival scheduled for this weekend in Cherokee. Pender is in the background. Photo by Paul Struck.
From 9 p.m. to midnight, the Jim Oatts Sextet will be playing at The Gathering Place; the fabulous Denver, Colo. rock band, Something Underground, which headlined Cherokee's Sesquicentennial Celebration in July, will be playing at the Cherokee Bowl; The Hatchlings will play at the Brightside Lounge; and The Blue Band with Bob Dorr will be at the VFW Club.

The Big Concert at Western Iowa Tech Community College Conference Center is from 6:30-9 p.m., on Saturday Jan. 13, featuring The Mark Pender Band with nationally acclaimed guitarist Glenn Alexander, and The Blue Band opening for Pender.

That will be followed by the Saturday night Pub Crawls from 9 p.m. to midnight, featuring Something Underground at The Gathering Place, Blues Messengers at the Brightside Lounge, The Blue Band at the Cherokee Bowl, The Hatchlings at the VFW Club, and the Hooterville All-Stars at Jobies Pastime Lounge.

Also on Saturday will be the popular Jam Session featuring a variety of musicians at the Gathering Place from noon to 3 p.m., hosted by The Hatchlings.

On Sunday, a Jazz Brunch Buffet and an afternoon of Jazz Music with the Mark Pender Band is from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Gathering Place. It's by reservation only, so call 225-9908 to book reservations.

The Jazz Brunch and concert costs $15 per person. The Pub Crawls cost $10 per person per night that covers all the venues. The Jam Session costs $5 per person, and the Big Saturday night Concert at WITCC costs $15 per person.

All proceeds benefit future Cherokee Jazz & Blues Festivals.

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