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Thursday, January 12, 2012

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Last year's Cherokee Jazz and Blues Festival headliners 'Levee Town' is pictured at last year's Jam Session held at The Gathering Place. This year's Jam Session will also be held at The Gathering Place from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday. File photo by Vanessa Reusch.
Popular Cherokee 'music party' Friday and Saturday

The 12th annual Cherokee Jazz and Blues Festival will begin on Friday and carry on through Saturday.

Besides the various Pub Crawls Friday and saturday nights, and the Saturday Main Concert at Western Iowa Tech Community Collegeg Conference Center, the Festival also hosts a popular Jam Session on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. at the Gathering Place located at 207 E. Main St.

The Mary Bridget Davies Group will be hosting the Saturday Jam Session.

This is an opportunity for area musicians, young and old, to perform and get tips from the pros. The audience is in for a treat at the Jam Session, as it a chance to see unrehearsed material, along with watching the artists perform.

Besides the Mary Bridges Davies Group, many of the other bands that will be playing at this year's Festival will be in attendance.

Cost to attend the Jam Session is $10 for non-musicians. Students and kids are free.

Festival organizers want everyone to have a fun and safe experience at the Festival.

To help with that experience there will be several "courtesy cars" available for people needing rides to and from the different venues at no cost. The vehicles are provided by Holzauer Motors in Cherokee.

If you need a ride on Friday you may call the following numbers after 6 p.m.: 261-2226, 229-0146, or 548-6325. If you need a ride on Saturday after 6 p.m. you can call: 229-0316, 229-9588, or 261-7675.

This year's Jazz and Blues Festival has a lot to offer to everyone who enjoys a variety of music.

Ticket prices for the 12th Cherokee Jazz and Blues Festival are as follows:

Friday night Pub Crawl $10 for advance ticket holders 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 for advance ticket holders or $20 at the door.

Saturday night Pub Crawl $10 for advance ticket holders or $15 at the door.

Saturday night combo ticket Concert and Pub Crawl $20 for advance ticket holders or $30 at the door.

Tickets for all events are available at The Copper Cup, State Farm Insurance, and the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce.

The venues for the popular Pub Crawls scheduled for Friday and Saturday nights are as follows:

*Friday

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

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.

For more information on the Cherokee Jazz and Blues Festival go to www.cherokeejazzbluesfestival.com.



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