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.
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.