Jim Adamson, the Coordinator of the annual Cherokee Jazz & Blues Festival, is requesting public input regarding a possible name change for the popular January Festival.
In a Letter to the Editor published on Page 4 in today's Chronicle Times, Adamson states that some Festival Planning Committee members have suggested changing the name of the Festival to better fit what the event has morphed into regarding the various music genres playing the event.
From its origin, the Festival featured highly skilled, professional jazz and blues musicians and bands. However, through its years, different styles of music have been performed, from jazz and blues, to rock and pop, to country, big band, and swing.
Now, some Committee members feel that the time has come to change the name to more accurately represent the many types of music to be offered, all in an effort to keep the Festival popular and fresh, with a focus on attracting more (and younger) fans.
Adamson and others disagree on changing the name, but as team players they are seeking input from the public with their suggestions and possible name change ideas.
Please e-mail any suggestions in the next two weeks to email@example.com, or drop written suggestions off at the Chronicle Times front desk, or mail them to Paul Struck, Editor, Chronicle Times, 111 S. 2nd St., Cherokee, Iowa 51012.
We, along with the Jazz & Blues Festival Committee, encourage and welcome all responses.