The 2009 Cherokee Jazz and Blues Festival will be starting on Friday, Jan. 2 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. the Northwest Iowa Musicians will be kicking off the Festival by playing at The Copper Cup.
The Pub Crawls will from 9 p.m. to midnight Friday with The Eric Klotz Trio at Corvo's, The David Zollo Trio will be performing at the Cherokee Bowl's Blue Room Lounge, Something Underground will be performing at The Other Place, and Tom Gary Blues Band will be performing at The Gathering Place.
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, renowned 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 once again, 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 that indicate they want to participate in the music clinic.
For information about the music clinic contact Paul McEntaffer, Band director, Cherokee 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. For more information visit www.cherokeejazzbluesfestival.com.
Erick Hovey is a fifth generation farmer from the heart of the Midwest. His central location allows him to absorb music from all over the country and develop a style that blends the best of what he likes. The result is music built on a sturdy foundation, with easy-to-identify-with subject matter and sharp arrangements.
Erick and the band play with genuine heart and engaging personality, producing an unstrained delivery and easy grace that makes the material seem utterly uncontrived. At times smooth and wistful, at times rockin', but always-cloaked in cool, cool blues. This music offers enough stylistic variety to appeal to dyed-in-the-wool blues fans, three-chord rockers, and even denizens of Bob's Country Bunker.
His goal is to continue creating, recording, and performing upbeat, clean, unpretentious, original music with positive, universal, timeless lyrics and melodies backed by professional packages and associates, and to continue doing so with a secure, self-contained, tour-ready band, delivering a signature style based on a dignified less-is-more groove philosophy, where the music is only as fine as the silence it's compared