Grab your dancing shoes and get ready to swing at this year's Cherokee Jazz and Blues Festival.
Featured at this year's Jan. 14 Saturday Evening Concert at Western Iowa Tech Community College from 6 p.m. to 9 a.m. will be The Lonny Lynn Orchestra.
The Lonny Lynn Orchestra is a ballroom dance band - playing music from the 30's to the present with some Country and Latin. The band consists of 10 musicians and a female vocalist. The orchestra celebrated it's 27th year in 2010.
The orchestra's performance schedule is regularly updated and can be found at the website - www.LonnyLynn.com - and includes venues such as club dances, anniversary and wedding receptions, city functions and concerts in the park.
Each winter, the Orchestra performs at resorts in Arizona. They've also played aboard eight cruise ships in the Eastern and Western Caribbean, the Panama Canal, Alaska, Hawaii, the Mexican Riviera, Canada and New England. Many of their dancing friends have joined them on these wonderful cruises.
Lonny, in partnership with the Starlite Ballroom in Wahoo, Nebraska, hosts Big Band Fests twice a year. These dances feature the Lonny Lynn Orchestra in addition to a guest band - providing five hours of continuous dancing music! Some of the many orchestras that have shared the stage are Russ Morgan, Jan Garber, Dick Jurgens, and Guy Lombardo.
The orchestra has been the back-up band for stars of the Lawrence Welk show - Clay and Sally Hart, Mary Lou Metzger, Ralna English and Guy Hovis. They have also performed the pre-show for the Glenn Miller Orchestra and the Guy Lombardo Orchestra.
The Lonny Lynn Orchestra has produced four recordings. They are available via the website or call Lonny at (402) 624-2099.
The venues for the popular Pub Crawls scheduled for Friday and Saturday nights are as follows:
The Northwest Iowa Musicians will appear at The Copper Cup from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Jimmy Davis and Friends with Kelsey Klingensmith and special guests Glen Alexander and Oria Aspen will be performing at The Gathering Place from 9 p.m. to midnight.
Chad Elliott will be at The Gasthaus from 9 p.m. to midnight.
The Damon Dotson Band will be at The Other Place from 9 p.m. to midnight.
The Ross William Perry Band will be at the Cherokee Bowl from 9 p.m. to midnight.
*Saturday, Jan. 14
The Mary Bridget Davies Group will be hosting the Saturday Jam Session at The Gathering Place from noon to 4 p.m.
The Lonny Lynn Orchestra will play from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Festival's Main Concert at Western Iowa Tech Community College Conference Center.
Glenn Alexander and Oria Aspen will be at the Copper Cup from 9 p.m. to midnight.
The Bob Pace Band will be at the Cherokee Bowl from 9 p.m. to midnight.
The Johnnie Bolin Band will be at The Other Place from 9 p.m. to midnight.
The Mary Bridget Davies Group will be at the Cherokee VFW Club from 9 p.m. to midnight.
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. 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Ticket prices for the 12th Cherokee Jazz and Blues Festival are as follows:
Friday night Pub Crawl $10 in advance or $15 at the door.
Saturday Jam Session is $10 for non-musicians. Students and kids are free. No advance sale of tickets are available.
Saturday night concert at WITCC $15 in advance and $20 at the door.
Saturday night Pub Crawl $10 in advance or $15 at the door.
Saturday night combo ticket Concert and Pub Crawl $20 in advance and $30 at the door.
Advance ticket prices end at 5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 9.
Tickets for all events are available at The Copper Cup, State Farm Insurance, and the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce.
For more information on the Cherokee Jazz and Blues Festival go to www.cherokeejazzbluesfestival.com.