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Jazz & Blues Festival welcomes Mary Bridget Davies

Monday, December 13, 2010

Mary Bridget Davies
Appearing for the first time at the Cherokee Jazz and Blues Festival will be Mary Bridget Davies.

Davies will be performing on Saturday, Jan. 8 at The Other Place from 10 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Involved in the arts since before school age, Mary is definitive of "the Total Package". As a dancer, vocalist, and former member of Cleveland's own Something Dada Improvisational Comedy Company, she seriously knows her way around the stage. She began dancing at age three and has excelled ever since.

A recipient of the Debbie Reynolds Scholarship for Jazz in Los Angeles at age 15, Mary was not only dancing. Her talents as a songstress were now beginning to emerge. She got hip to the blues jam nights. She went and watched with her parents. She asked to sit in, but she was encouraged to listen that week and come back next week to sing. She listened and came back. She was in the last group of the jammers and she sang, "Please Send Me Someone to Love" by Percy Mayfield, which is presently one of her signature songs. She was asked to be in the band Blues Explosion that same night. She learned as she went, and started building a solid reputation. Mary Bridget hasn't stopped chirping since.

No doubt you'll be reminded of the likes of Janis Joplin, Etta James, Aretha Franklin and Chaka Kahn but you'll definitely notice she also has an element all her own.

Mary has shared the stage with groups like Big Brother and the Holding Company, Jefferson Airplane, Leon Russell, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, Bobby Rush, Huey Lewis and the News, W.C. Clark, Renee Austin, Walter Trout, Delbert McCLinton and the list goes on. Mary Bridget made her Off-Broadway debut in the smash musical Love, Janis at Playhouse Square's Hanna Theatre in Cleveland, Ohio. She continued on in the role of Janis Joplin in Aspen, CO, San Francisco, CA and Kansas City, MO. Mary made her Broadway debut in the Tony Award nominated musical "It Ain't Nothin' but the Blues" this past summer.

A few quick kudos: * Recipient of the BEST VOCALIST AWARD by the Cleveland Free Times * International Blues Challenge Finalist 2005 * Won award for BEST MOMENT IN THEATRE 2007 by the Kansas City Pitch for my role as Janis Joplin in the Off-Broadway smash musical, Love, Janis which was the inaugural production at KC's new Copaken Stage located in the H&R Block Building. * Will be starring in the KC Rep Theatre's "New Year's Repartee 2007" from December 28-December 31st at the UMKC Campus Cherry Street Theatre. A musical review of songs from Love, Janis, It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues, Hank Williams: Lost Highway and more! Most recently, Mary Bridget starred in the National Tour of Love, Janis in 2008.

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 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 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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