No need to be blue about JazzFest: Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues has a full week planned


SIOUX FALLS, SD (KELO) – For over 25 years, mid-July in Sioux Falls was synonymous with JazzFest.

The music event that brought artists like Joe Walsh and Sheryl Crow to Yankton Trail Park for a free concert was on hold after 2019. But for music lovers who want to remember the JazzFests of years gone by, a new exhibit at the Washington Pavilion highlights the history of the event with historic signed JazzFest posters, JazzFest 25th anniversary guitars, video montages from past JazzFests and a historical timeline of the Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues Society.

2001 and 2002 JazzFest posters at the Washington Pavilion exhibition.

“We are truly celebrating our history as an organization and we are also focused on our community,” SFJB Executive Director Alex Gilbert-Schrag told KELOLAND News. “Even though JazzFest does not take place, it is a very important part of our history as the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society.”

The exhibition opens on Saturday July 10 in connection with the start of Jazz & Blues Week. From July 10 to 18, several events and concerts are organized in Sioux Falls by the SFJB.

Starting at 1 p.m. Saturday, the Jazz Crawl will feature eight different venues with a variety of musicians. The music will start at 1 p.m. and continue until 10 p.m. You can check out the full schedule of events below.

  • 1 pm-3pm: Escape 605: “Jazzed” with Bobby Gripp
  • 2 p.m.-5 p.m .: Severance Brewing Co .: The Jeff Paul Quartet
  • 5 pm-7pm: PAve (Must be 21+): Greyson Schulz and some great musicians on the 2nd floor
  • 5-9 p.m .: Ode to Food and Drink: Dan Larson and Friends
  • 6.30 p.m.-9.30 p.m .: R Wine Bar + Cuisine: SFOG Tentet
  • 7-10 p.m .: The Source Roastery + Taproom: The Guitar Doctors
  • 7-10 p.m .: WoodGrain Brewing Co .: Chris Pohlson
  • 7 pm-10pm: Covert Artisan Ales and Cellars: Elisabeth Hunstad Duo

In addition to the Jazz Crawl, there will be a scavenger hunt with gift card giveaways, gift bags, concert tickets and donated alcohol. The competition rules are available on the SFJB website.

“We have fun goodie bags for people who go to the different sites,” Gilbert-Schrag said. “It should be really fun.”

Longtime local musician Jeremey Hegg pointed out that some of the musicians will be performing new and original music this week in Sioux Falls.

“They’re premiering it this weekend,” Hegg said. “When people think of jazz, they think of older songs. It’s their mood now, it’s their art, it’s how they feel, this is how I express it on my instrument.

Hegg said anyone who has attended multiple JazzFests over the years would like to stop by the poster exhibit at the Washington Pavilion.

“Coming and revisiting these experiences is great,” said Hegg, who added that people should also try to check out some of the artists who will be performing on Saturday. “This new music is coming out and it’s a great thing.”

Local guitarist Emmanuel Michael said JazzFest was always an “exciting time”. He recalled attending a jazz camp for three years and praised the “continuous fun and continuous soul-searching”.

This year’s jazz camp begins on Tuesday and ends with a final performance Friday at O’Gorman High School.

Michael agreed with Hegg on the number of new music and good music that will be presented throughout the week.

“Not only do I play, but my friends play on the streets,” said Michael. “The atmosphere of this sense of community is hospitality with everyone, so it’s a beautiful environment.”

On Sunday, Tab Benoit, a Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and guitarist, gives a concert in the District. Advance tickets are $ 42 for the pit and $ 27 for general admission.

Everything else for Jazz and Blues Week is free, with the exception of Gourmet Jazz & Wine, a musical evening accompanied by food and wine for each class. You can find a list of events for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and next Saturday on the organization’s website.

“There is something for everyone,” said Gilbert-Schrag. “If you don’t really like going to sit in a park and listen to music, you can go to a bar on Tuesday or Thursday, relax in the air conditioning and listen to some really good local music.”

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