The popular Cherokee Jazz & Blues Festival, renewed after a 10-year hiatus, will again provide jazz and blues enthusiasts with a feast of sound in Northwest Iowa this winter.
Professional jazz and blues musicians from New York City, Kansas City and from Iowa and Nebraska will provide wonderful entertainment and education for young and old alike.
The event will lead off on Friday, January 9, 2004 with a Music Clinic (10 AM - 2 PM) at Cherokee Washington High School and Cherokee Middle School.
The clinic is free and is for high school music student and their band directors. Invitations have been sent to 41 schools in Northwest Iowa. A Pub Crawl (8PM- midnight) will feature music from Mark Pender, Glenn Alexander, Mo Paul, Don Johnson and other musicians from out-of-state. Four night clubs in downtown Cherokee will host the musicians and allow participants the opportunity to enjoy each band, one at a time.
On Saturday, January 10, 2004 a Jam Session (noon-4PM) will be held at The Bulls Eye in downtown Cherokee. No charge for musicians, $5 for audience members. A Concert (6:30 PM - 9:00 PM) will be held Saturday night at Western Iowa Tech Community College Convention Center. The concert will feature the musicians from Kansas City, with headliners Mark Pender and Glenn Alexander from New York. The entire event is capped off with a final pub crawl throughout downtown Cherokee Saturday night after the concert (9:00 PM to midnight).
Tickets are available at all venues. Pub crawls are $10 per person or $15 per couple per night; Jam Session admission is $5 for spectators - free for participants; the concert is $12. For more information, contact the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce at 712-225-6414.