The 2009 Cherokee Jazz and Blues Festival will be starting on Friday, Jan. 2 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., with the Northwest Iowa Musicians kicking off the Festival by playing at The Copper Cup.
The Pub Crawls will be from 9 p.m. to midnight, with The Eric Klotz Trio at Corvo's, The David Zollo Trio performing at the Cherokee Bowl's Blue Room Lounge, Something Underground performing at The Other Place, and Tom Gary Blues Band performing at The Gathering Place.
The Festival continues on Saturday, Jan. 3, with the Jam Session from noon to 3 p.m. at The Gathering Place. The David Zollo Trio will be hosting this event, and local musicians are welcome to sign up and join in..
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. on Saturday, with this year's headliner Kelley Hunt, blues pianist/vocalist, preceded by the 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 Quartet 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.
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.
Eric Klotz has been playing guitar for over 20 years and has received numerous awards and scholarships for his playing. As a student, he quickly rose to the top of the ranks and began performing in his instructor's ensembles. His knowledge of music has provided him several teaching positions and opportunities to play in a multitude of styles.
Eric graduated from Washington High School in 1997. He attained his bachelors and masters degrees in Jazz Performance from Minnesota State University-Moorhead where he was also the adjunct guitar instructor. He relocated to Chicago in 2007, and currently works as a freelance guitarist and educator.
Completing the Trio are Neal Wehman on drums and Tim Seisser on bass.
Neal is an accomplished drummer currently residing in Chicago and is a recent graduate of the University of Miami's Frost School of Music. Over the last four years he has been earning his degree in Studio Music/Jazz Performance, and has had the opportunity to play with many of the top musicians in the South Florida area. While in Miami, he was involved with many groups, ranging from jazz and world music ensembles to rock/pop and top 40 bands. Neal has recently moved back to Chicago and continues to play with a wide variety of groups.