Returning to the Cherokee Jazz and Blues Festival will be the popular Blues guitarist, Ross William Perry and his band. They will be playing at the Cherokee Bowl on Friday, Jan. 18 from 9 p.m. to midnight.
Twin Cities' guitar sensation Ross William Perry has been making waves on the blues scene throughout the Midwest for the past 7 years.
"I reluctantly got up on stage," recalled Ross, "and played 'Pipeline' and 'Walk Don't Run' with them. I'll never forget it, my knees were shaking so much I had to sit down to play."
When Ross got off stage his dad asked him if he was nervous, and he said "yeah." Then he asked Ross if he wanted to do it again, and he replied, "YEAH!" Ross was smitten. At that point he knew that this is what he wanted to do.
Listening to blues music before he even knew what to call it, he knew there was something special about the blues. An early fascination with the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, and the Yardbirds led him to discover the roots of their music. He began listening to Albert King, Freddie King, Albert Collins, T. Bone Walker and Hound Dog Taylor and absorbed their music like a sponge.
Since graduating from High School in 1998 and forming his own band, Ross has been hitting the clubs and touring the Midwest almost non-stop, developing an enthusiastic following along the way.
After joining Debbie Davies on stage one night, she had this to say about Ross -- "I've played with most of the young, up and coming guitarists, but Ross just might be one of the best ever."
The venues for the popular Pub Crawls scheduled for Friday and Saturday nights are as follows:
* Friday, Jan.18
The popular Student Music Clinic for invited area schools conducted by the Jim Oatts Quintet will be held at the Cherokee Middle School from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Northwest Iowa Musicians will appear at The Copper Cup from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Kelsey Klingensmith and The Buffalo Ridge Band will be performing at The Gathering Place from 9 p.m. to midnight.
Chad Elliott and Bonita Crowe will be at The Gasthaus from 9 p.m. to midnight.
The Ross William Perry Band will be at the Cherokee Bowl from 9 p.m. to midnight.
Jim Oatts Family Jazz will be at the Cherokee VFW Club from 9 p.m. to midnight.
* Saturday, Jan. 19
The Candymakers will be hosting the Saturday Jam Session at The Gathering Place from noon to 4 p.m.
The Big Band Dance with The Mearl Lake Orchestra will play from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Western Iowa Tech Community College Conference Center.
Blues Drivin' will be at the Cherokee Bowl from 9 p.m. to midnight.
The Sherri Cafaro Trio will be at The Other Place from 9 p.m. to midnight.
The Candymakers will be at the Cherokee VFW Club from 9 p.m. to midnight.
Ticket prices for the 13th 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. There is no advance sale of tickets for this event.
The 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.
New this year is the Hotel Package, a one-night stay at the Best Western LaGrande Hacienda and two Pub Crawl tickets are $100 (offer good for both Friday and Saturday Night), call 225-5701 for reservations.
Advance ticket prices end at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 16.
Tickets for all events are available at The Copper Cup, The Cherokee Bowl, and the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce.
For more information on the Cherokee Jazz and Blues Festival go to www.cherokeejazzbluesfestival.com.