The 2010 Cherokee Jazz and Blues Festival starts on Friday, Jan. 8 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 from 9 p.m. to midnight with The Glenn Alexander Trio performing at the Cherokee VFW Club, The Hatchlings performing at the Cherokee Bowl's Blue Room Lounge, Something Underground performing at The Other Place, and the Kelly Richey Band performing at The Gathering Place.
The Festival will continue on Saturday, Jan. 9 with the Jam Session from noon to 3 p.m. at The Gathering Place, and The Hatchlings 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 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, with this year's headliner Mark Pender, with opening act the award-winning Cherokee Washington High School Jazz Band.
Pub Crawls on Saturday are from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. and Something Underground will be performing at the VFW Club, Kelly Richey will be performing at the Cherokee Bowl's Blue Room Lounge, The Hatchlings will be performing at The Other Place, and The Buffalo Ridge Band & Friends will be at The Gathering Place.
On Sunday, Jan 10 the renowned Jazz Vocalist Kevin Mahogany will be performing at the Cherokee Community Center from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
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. 15. 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 at 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.
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.
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.
The Larsons are the sons of Cherokee natives Steve and Vicki (Polson) Larson, who now reside in Denver. Their grandmother, Jerry Larson, lives in Cherokee.