Hey, Cherokee - Wow!

Friday, January 19, 2007

If we've learned one thing in the last seven Januaries from the annual Cherokee Jazz & Blues Festival, and Our Town's gigantically successful Sesquicentennial Celebration and Street Dance in July, it's that Cherokee can really throw a party!

Last weekend's 7th annual Cherokee Jazz & Blues Festival had our community rockin' as hundreds of music lovers flocked to the many venues for the uncomparable production of another hugely successful Festival.

Take a bow, chief organizers Jim Adamson and Dan Meloy and your staff of wonderful, dedicated volunteers who help immensely pulling it all off.

Take a bow, area businesses who loyally step up the the plate each year to host the five popular Pub Crawls on Friday and Saturday nights. This year, the Copper Cup, Gathering Place, Cherokee Bowl, Brightside Lounge, and VFW Club hosted Friday night Pub Crawls, and Jobies Pastime Lounge, Brightside Lounge, Cherokee Bowl, Gathering Place, and VFW Club hosted Saturday night Pub Crawls.

Take a bow, Western Iowa Tech Community College and Hy-Vee for the superlative Concert Saturday night featuring the Mark Pender Band, and the Blue Band. We were stoked to be part of that big crowd so very appreciative of Iowa's own Blue Band, and the magical music of New Yorkers Mark Pender, Glenn Alexander, Mo Roberts, and Paul Frazier.

The word on the street and in the venues was "pretty good" turnouts for Friday, and "incredibly awesome" jam-packed venues on Saturday night when hundreds and hundreds of music lovers overflowed the five Pub Crawl venues.

We heard, "You can't even park at the Cherokee Bowl." "You can't even get into Jobies or the Brightside." "The Gathering Place has been full all night long." "The VFW is very crowded."

The fact that so many Jazz & Blues fans can enjoy so many superb Jazz & Blues musicians in so many funky Jazz & Blues places is exactly why the annual Festival continues to grow better and bigger each year.

And it's all done year after year with an implausible paucity of publicity from the Sioux City media, most of them refusing to even acknowledge our Festival's existence, let alone the internationally renowned musical talent that's assembled here each January.