Starting on Friday, Jan. 2 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. the Northwest Iowa Musicians will be kicking off the 9th annual Cherokee Jazz & Blues Festival by playing at The Copper Cup.
The Festival will continue on Saturday, Jan. 3 with the Jam Session from noon to 3 p.m. at The Gathering Place, and The David Zollo Trio will be hosting this event. Local musicians are welcome to sign up for this event.
The Cherokee Jazz and Blues Festival Main Concert will be held at Western Iowa Tech Community College's Conference Center starting at 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, with this year's headliner Kelley Hunt, blues pianist/vocalist, with opening act The Erick Hovey Band.
Pub Crawls on Saturday are from 9 p.m. to midnight and the Erick Hovey Band will be performing at the VFW Club, Something Underground will be performing at the Cherokee Bowl's Blue Room Lounge, The David Zollo Trio will be performing at The Other Place, and Eric Klotz Trio will be at The Gathering Place.
On Sunday, Jan. 4, the Brunch Buffet will begin at 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Gathering Place, featuring Kelley Hunt.
The Jim Oatts Quintet Student Music Clinic will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Cherokee Middle School on Friday, Jan. 16. This event is free to area high school band directors and their high school music students. Due to space and time limitations, the event is only accepting the first five schools who indicate they want to participate in the music clinic.
For information about the music clinic contact Paul McEntaffer, Band director, Washington High School, 600 W. Bluff St. Cherokee, IA 51012, or call 225-6755.
Tickets for the Cherokee Jazz and Blues Festival are available at Cherokee Chamber of Commerce, 225-6414; The Copper Cup, 225-5287; and State Farm Insurance, 225-5747. Or for more information visit www.cherokeejazzbluesfestival.com.
The heart of Something Underground has its roots buried deep in family soil. The front men, Seth and Josh Larson, draw their thick-as-blood harmonies from rich family traditions of singing as a way of bringing people together. Their on-stage brotherly antics entertain and invite audiences to join in the family fun. Their soul is felt with every confident wide-open lyric belted by both Seth and Josh, which has led some to liken their sound to a cross between Simon and Garfunkel and Led Zeppelin.
Their parents, Steve and Vicki (Poulson) Larsen are Cherokee natives.
With the addition of Trevor Mariotti on drums, Something Underground delivers high-energy rock & roll with the raw intensity that only this power trio can bring. Something Underground's sense of harmony isn't just an on-stage force. They've carried their message of universal harmony from the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado to the enchanted Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia where they performed for landmine victims. Even though Denver's Westword has awarded them the "Best Pop Band" honors, the trio constructs their contagious message with the tools they pull from rock, funk, blues, reggae and folk music styles. Constantly working with other artists from all genres of music, the band continues to strengthen their own sound and ensure that it resonates into the future of Something Underground.
Something Underground is a Denver-base Power-Trio in the vein of Lenny Kravitz and The Police. Brotherly harmonies, creative arrangements, and high-energy stage shows have made the band a Colorado favorite for over 7 years. With original and cover music from Al Green to AC/DC, they entertain!
Something Underground: A Rock & Roll Band of Brothers
"It worked for the Beach Boys, it worked for the Bee Gees, and now it's working for Something Underground, the Denver-based pop band whose brotherly harmonies have made it a favorite...." - Daily Camera 4/12/07
Seth and Josh Larson, The Larson Brothers, have been singing and playing music together since the ages of six and two, respectively. Their tightness and tone could have you believing that the Righteous Brothers hooked up with the Indigo Girls, and had two Boys to Men. These two brothers fluidly switch between harmonies and melodies, as well as guitar, bass, keys and drums. They formed Something Underground in the year 2000 shortly after moving to Colorado and are approaching 1000 shows with the band.
Trevor Mariotti joined Something Underground in the fall of 2002 shortly after the release of their debut album, Slides. To say the least, Trevor is an extraordinary drummer. He is the rock in their rock & roll. His skill, timing, and instincts match seamlessly with the Larson Brothers presence, delivery, and intuition. Trevor is The Brother from Another Mother. Together, these "...boys from Colorado have managed to put together a cohesive blend of styles that transcend genre and demographic limitations, appealing to a wide audience." - Score! Music Magazine