New to this year's Cherokee Jazz and Blues Festival will be the Sherri Cafaro Trio.
Sherri has been delighting audiences for 30 years. Born to devout Christian parents in Columbia, SC, she began her career singing in gospel choirs, as well as singing and playing piano with her parents at the church they attended. At age 16 she began appearing on ther own at small jazz clubs and lounges, and by the time she was in her early twenties she was the featured singer for an 18 piece orchestra appearing in various venues across the Southeast. She settled in western North Carolina which she still considers her home.
Sherri has performed for several government dignitaries, including governors, senators, President Ronald Reagan, President George Bush (Sr.), and Secretary Colin Powell.
Sherri has been appearing on cruise ships for the past five years, and she is currently under contract with Royal Caribbean International on the Vision of the Seas.
Sherri can be seen nightly with her trio in the Centrum of the ship entertaining guests in the Champagne lounge and as a solo performer on the stage of the Masquerade Theatre.
Sherri's arresting voice draws standing-room-only crowds and standing ovations, pleasing her audiences with the music they remember and love to hear.
Her smooth and powerful voice is matched with her winsome smile and radiant personality that keeps her audiences wanting more.
Sherri's unique singing style captures the character of the original performers, and combined with her own flavor, she is hailed as one of the most gifted and enchanting singers performing today.
The 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 Gathering 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 Big Band Dance 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 (Dance 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.