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'Levee Town' headlines Jazz & Blues festival

Friday, December 3, 2010

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Pictured, left to right, are members of Levee Town, Jan Faircloth, Brandon Hudspeth, Jimmie Meade and Jacque Garoutte. Levee Town will be the featured act at this year's Cherokee Jazz & Blue Festival's Main Concert at Western Iowa Tech Community College Conference Center. Photo contributed
Headlining the 11th annual Cherokee Jazz and Blues Festival on Saturday, Jan. 8, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Main Concert at Western Iowa Tech Community College Conference Center will be Levee Town in their first appearance in Cherokee.

Levee Town is the 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.

The beat is supplied by Jan "Big Show" Faircloth. He is originally from central Kansas, and builds the rock-solid foundation of Levee Town's rhythm. He can mesmerize you with a constant count, bang'em like Bonham, or tickle your ears with the brushes. Jan even sings chorus._

Jacque Garoutte is a multi-instrumentalist arranger and producer, who fills in on bass with years of musical experience. From Miami, Oklahoma, Jacque lays down a deep strong bass line, supplies quite a bit of energy onstage, and sings with a smooth single malt voice._

From Chicago, Jimmie Meade plays the harmonica like a man possessed by...angels and demons alike. He will make you smile as he jumps and jives during his intense harp and vocal renditions of Dylan and Waters._

While growing up in central Oklahoma, Brandon Hudspeth saw Johnny Cash on Sesame Street and had to start pickin' on guitars. As he sings, he rings the_neck of his wide body Gibson like it's a Flying Vee dipped in gasoline._

These guys are blazing hot! They will cause you to stomp your feet, clap your hands, and maybe dance on the tables. Levee Town generates a lot of excitement and a smokin' good time. For your own protection, you better wear a fire suit!

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.



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