The young blues band from eastern Iowa will be performing at the Cherokee VFW Club from 9 p.m. to midnight, and will also be hosting the Jam Session held earlier that day from noon to 4 p.m. at the Gathering Place.
The Candymakers are a blues band with the traditions of old-school R&B, funk and soul.
This young band offers a sound that is contemporary, yet keeps the essence of music past.
Though the band is known for its soulful male vocalists, it is anchored by the collaborative genius of its blues driven guitarist, funky rhythm section and sultry horn.
The band formed in 2010 and was awarded 1st place in the 2011 Iowa Blues Challenge. After reaching the semi-finals in both The International Blues Challenge and The Kings of Beale Street Competition in Mimphis, Tenn., they returned home to release their debut album the next month in February of 2012.
The Candymakers are, Evan White-Saxophones, Al Sweet-Vocals, Randy Leasman-Bass, Bret Dale-Guitar, Nick Vasquez-Keyboards, and Michael Miller-Drums.
Schedule of events for the 2013 Cherokee Jazz & Blues Festival are as follows:
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.