Plans for the 11th annual Cherokee Jazz and Blues Festival are currently being finalized. Dates for the highly popular Festival are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, January 7-9.
Headlining this year's Festival will be Levee Town and opening act Adam Schroeder Quartet on Saturday, Jan. 8, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Main Concert at Western Iowa Tech Community College Conference Center.
Levee Town is a radiantly hot rockin' Americana Jazz & Blues foursome out of Kansas City. Their music ranges from covers of Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, Freddie King, Bob Dylan, and Big Joe Turner, to originals like Go to Heaven, The Winter song, and Forgive the Intrusion. The sound is a searing mix of traditional rock'n'roll, blues, and rockabilly.
Besides Levee Town and the Schroeder Quartet, other acts that will be appearing at the Festival for the first time include the Mary Bridget Davies Band and the Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church Choir of Sioux City.
Also, popular, in-demand bands that are returning from previous Festivals are the Northwest Iowa Musicians, Bob Dorr & The Blue Band, Erick Hovey Band, and David Zollo. Plus, local entertainers will be featured throughout the Festival, including Jimmy Davis and Friends and Dr. David Klee & The Jazz Express.
Currently, the Jazz and Blues Festival Planning Committee is hard at work lining up volunteers to help with the many duties that are called for during the Festival. If anybody would like to help out with the Festival they are asked to contact event organizer Jim Adamson at 229-9502 or the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce at 225-6414.
The venues for the popular Pub Crawls scheduled for Friday and Saturday nights are as follows:
*Friday, Jan. 7
The Northwest Iowa Musicians will appear at The Copper Cup from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Dr. David Klee & The Jazz Express will perform at The Spice Rack from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Jimmy Davis & Friends will be at The Gathering Place from 9 p.m. to midnight.
David Zollo Trio will be at The Other Place from 9 p.m. to midnight.
Bob Dorr & The Blue Band will be at VFW Club from 9 p.m. to midnight.
Erick Hovey Band will be performing at the Cherokee Bowl from 9 p.m. to midnight.
*Saturday, Jan. 8
Levee Town will be hosting the Saturday Jam Session at The Gathering Place from noon to 3 p.m.
Youth Talent Showcase, a talent showcase of young musicians in the area, will be held at The Spice Rack from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Levee Town and opening act Adam Schroeder Quartet will play from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Festival's Main Concert at Western Iowa Tech Community College Conference Center.
Erick Hovey Band will be at The Gathering Place from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Mary Bridget Davies Band will be at The Other Place from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.
The David Zollo Trio will be at the VFW Club from 10 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Bob Dorr and Blue Band will be performing at Cherokee Bowl from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.
The Sunday afternoon concert will feature the Gospel Music of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church Choir of Sioux City and will be held at Cherokee's St. Paul's United Methodist Church from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
The popular Student Music Clinic for invited area schools conducted by the Jim Oatts Sextet will be held at the Cherokee Middle School Friday, Jan. 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For more information on the Cherokee Jazz and Blues Festival go to the web site at www.cherokeejazzbluesfestival