2nd Annual Bainbridge Jazz & Blues Fest set for Saturday

Sometimes the newcomer will bring new ideas to freshen things up a bit. And that’s exactly how the Bainbridge Jazz & Blues Festival was born.

In 2019, Southern Philosophy Brewing opened in downtown Bainbridge, Georgia, marking the city’s first craft brewery. Almost instantly, owner and founder Gallagher Dempsey saw the opportunity to throw a big event.

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Southern Philosophy:Eat and drink at Southern Philosophy, located in downtown Bainbridge, GA

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So he started collaborating with his neighbor, Tyler Thomas, owner and chef of The American restaurant, and the first Bainbridge Jazz & Blues Festival was born. The launch event was held in 2020, but the festival was canceled last year due to pandemic concerns.

Now it’s back, and the 2nd annual installment runs Saturday, February 5, from noon to midnight in downtown Bainbridge.

Tallahassee's renowned jazz ambassador, Longineu Parsons, will open the Bainbridge Jazz & Blues Festival at noon on Saturday, February 5, 2022.

12 acts and 5 scenes

In Year 1 there were seven acts on three stages with a crowd of nearly 1,200, but in Year 2 double attendance is expected and organizers increased the number. Saturday will feature 12 acts on 5 stages, including one outside of Southern Philosophy, which is the official craft beer served at the event.

One of the standout artists includes rising blues star Jontavious Willis, who has just released an album and is currently on a world tour heading to Paris after the event. The festival will take place throughout downtown Bainbridge on closed streets, with most performances taking place on open-air outdoor stages and surrounded by food and craft vendors.

The festival will open at noon with a performance by Longineu Parsons and will continue until midnight. Thanks to the support of generous sponsors, the event is free to the general admission public. There is a $75 VIP ticket option available for those interested, which includes food and drink in an outdoor tent. VIP tickets can be purchased on the festival website.

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Leon High sparked a taste for jazz

Johnnie Marshall will perform at the Bainbridge Jazz & Blues Festival on Saturday February 5, 2022.

The inspiration for the festival comes from when Dempsey was an inquisitive young musician who developed an appreciation for jazz and blues while a student at Leon High School.

“I grew up listening to and playing the blues at a young age and also developed a taste for jazz. And you can’t beat them (by hearing them) live,” he said. . “I was in the guitar program at Leon High School and I was in a band called Frets & Strings – basically a guitar ensemble but also a class. Frets & Strings used to go to the New Orleans Jazz Fest every year which was totally awesome As teenagers liberated on the grounds of the New Orleans Hippodrome and wandering from tent to tent experiencing some of the best jazz, blues, soul, pop, music in the world – you call it – was quite the experience for sure. the experience also gave me the idea to go in that direction with this festival.”

And the Town of Bainbridge’s Special Events Coordinator, Randee Eubanks, is glad Dempsey had the vision to put on the festival.

Frankie's Blues Mission plays at the Bainbridge Jazz & Blues Festival on Saturday February 4, 2022.

“The Town of Bainbridge is pleased to once again host the Bainbridge Jazz & Blues Festival in downtown Bainbridge. After a year-long hiatus due to the pandemic, we are thrilled to return to some sense of normalcy” , did he declare.

“The Bainbridge Jazz & Blues Festival is a fun event that brings many people to Bainbridge. We look forward to welcoming everyone to our area and showcasing what all of downtown Bainbridge has to offer. Bainbridge has a bustling town center with great restaurants, shops, bars and parks Gallagher Dempsey of Southern Philosophy worked hard to design what we believe will be a very successful event.

Revival will perform at the Bainbridge Jazz & Blues Festival on Saturday February 5, 2022.

A dozen talents

Other musicians in attendance include: The Johnnie Marshall Band, Revival, Longineu Parsons, Frankie’s Blues Mission, Rachel Hillman, The Richie Summa Trio, The Ben Flournoy Trio, Dirty Bird and the Flu, Steve Fryson, Jr., The Reese Cloud Quartet and Dabbit.

“Longineu Parsons are world class and will be a treat to listen to. I’m also looking forward to Frankie’s Blues Mission from Atlanta – a real blues band that I know of has never played in our area. I think ‘They’re bringing in a 5 or 6 piece with a horn section, which should be cool,’ Dempsey said.

“Dirty Bird & the Flu from Valdosta will bring the party and the funk, and the Johnnie Marshall Band and Rachel Hillman are the only bands that also played the first year. It was hard not to have Johnnie play again – he blew the roof off the house the first year!”

Dempsey also said “don’t sleep on” the Ben Flournoy Trio.

“Ben is only 16 from Quincy, and their band is amazing,” he said. “I tell people he’s like the love child of Jimmy Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn and John Mayer. I have regulars who can’t believe their eyes when he’s ever played at the brewery. They say: “Heck, my 16 year old boy is playing video games right now and this kid is setting the house on fire with his guitar!”

The event will take place rain or shine, so if you’re looking for something fun – and free – to do on Saturday, take the short drive down Highway 27 in South Georgia and check it out. !

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