SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The line up for the Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues Festival - JazzFest at Yankton Trail Park in Sioux Falls on July 15, 16 and 17, 2010 (in no particular order, artists are subject to change at any time) are as follows:
Main Stage Performers
LOS LONELY BOYS
Since Los Lonely Boys were introduced to fans around the world just a few years ago, everything has changed for the unique and gutsy musical hermanos from West Texas. With their deeply personal and stunning fusion of electric blues and Texas roots, soulful grooves and good old-fashioned rock'n'roll, searing six-string licks and Latin beats, it's no wonder they were the 2005 Grammy winner for best Pop Vocal Duo/Group.
Over the past 35 years, The East L.A. five-piece Los Lobos has assembled a body of work diverse enough to cripple most bands and to captivate fans world wide. Along the way, they've redefined how a rock band-and rock music-can sound. This eclectic group has brought home Grammys, notched a number one single, sold millions of records, shared the stage with Dylan, The Clash and U2 and tied with Bruce Springsteen as Rolling Stone's Artist of the Year. As Rolling Stone writes, "With the exception of U2, no other band has stayed on top of its game as long as Los Lobos."
The Yellowjackets have been cutting-edge purveyors of innovative, eclectic jazz for more than 25 years. With every note they've played in the studio and onstage since 1981, the Yellowjackets have pushed the boundaries of improvisational jazz, and have been leaders in the music's inescapable evolution. That being said, the band's distinctive name is of no particular circumstance. After recording their first album with Robben Ford, they have been creating a buzz all their own ever since.
Singer/pianist Marcia Ball knows how to raise roofs and tear down walls with her infectious, intelligent and deeply emotional brand of southern boogie, rollicking, roadhouse blues and heartfelt ballads. After performing at JazzFest in 2001, Ball went on to win 3 additional Grammys, hit #1 on the Billboard singles charts, and received accolades from the likes of People Magazine:"Like most of the great blues singers, Ball has a throaty, penetrating voice and a style that manages to combine romance, sorrow and defiance." It's definitely time to catch back up with Marcia Ball.
HOMEMADE JAMZ' BLUES BAND
How do a seventeen-year-old and his younger siblings get the blues? Rife with powerful, puissant songs that lyrically and musically epitomize the blues, the Homemade Jamz' Blues Band from Tupelo, MS are literally the youngest blues band in America. The trio exudes nothing but confidence and attitude as they sing of betrayal, love, hard times and other bad things gone down as if they've lived a life rich in strife. They are, to be sure, a veritable blues explosion poised to make the big sound. Even B.B. King himself exclaimed, "In my 84 years, I've never seen something musically... so remarkable."
With phenomenal home grown talent like Shannon Curfman, you can't argue - North Dakota's got the blues. At 14, Curfman's deep, robust voice and virtuoso electric guitar playing surprised many listeners. Now 24, Curfman is now recording at Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis' epic Flyte Tyme Studios in Minneapolis. Like fellow North Dakotan blues brother Jonny Lang once said, "As far as young guitarists go, there's this girl in Minneapolis named Shannon Curfman. She does the old Chaka Khan funky blues kind of stuff. She's only fourteen or fifteen, and she scares me".
TROMBONE SHORTY & ORLEANS AVENUE
Hitting the cover of a recent USA Today and moving into the Amazon.com Top 500 are validating the phenomenon that is Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews. Drawing both the unqualified respect of jazz legends and delivering a high-energy rock show capable of mesmerizing international rock stars and audiences alike, Andrews had to create his own name to describe his signature sound: Supafunkrock! Beyond an unprecedented mix of rock, funk, jazz, hip-hop and soul, Andrews charisma is undeniable. Upon hearing an early demo Lenny Kravitz said, "I'm gonna have to get on there."
From a small mountain town in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, the name DOTSERO has several meanings. "Something Unique" according to Ute Native Americans, DOT-ZERO on the earliest geographical railroad maps to others, but to jazz fans worldwide, and Denver's DOTSERO means Smooth Jazz at its best. Full of life energy and spontaneity that few artists in the genre have been able to match. A no nonsense sax and guitar driven thrill ride of energy and excitement.
Heartland bred blues rocker Corey Stevens is still considering all his angles. Although his earliest influences were early rock and rollers like Chuck Berry, it was a performance of Ike and Tina Turner that really turned his head. Soon he was flourishing as a songwriter, guitarist and singer. Appearing all over the US and Canada, Stevens is one of those hard working blues artists that covers so much ground, it's just as easy for him to call the road his home. When he does wind down, he makes his basecamp in Los Angeles. His music is heard regularly on FM radio and XM Sirius satellite radio.
DAVINA & THE VAGABONDS
Quickly proclaimed by many as the "hardest working blues woman in frigid Minnesota," Davina Sowers hit the Midwest scene in 2005 and hasn't looked back since. With great vocals and piano, she commands attention on stage and leaves everyone smiling. Davina & the Vagabonds are known in The Twin Cities as being the busiest band in town because of their hard-working professionalism, high energy stage performance, and original sound. John Hammer of Blue Monday explains: "(They) play hot jazz-blues-cabaret-soul-lounge-rock that warms the soul and just plain makes ya wanna dance."
Short Fuse is a jazz/fusion band that will cure your fear of jazz forever. Featuring locals such as guitarist Dan Donahoe, sax player Matt Hackett, bassist Brian Masek, keyboardist John Kelly, trumpeter Jim Speirs and drummer Dick Bartling, this group performs a mix of high energy tunes from artists such as Billy Cobham, Jeff Beck, John Scofield, Average White Band and Santana plus some standards thrown in for fun. Even the staunchest of jazz fans have been known to erupt into spontaneous dancing when Short Fuse takes the stage. That won't be a problem with the great fans of JazzFest.
For more information on JazzFest 2010, please contact Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues at 605-335-6101 or visit www.jazzfestsiouxfalls.com.
The Johnson/McKinney Quartet is one of the most venerable jazz groups in South Dakota. Sharing a love for jazz, the duo began performing in concert, clinics, and jazz clubs in 1975. Deeply dedicated to Jazz Education, Corliss Johnson and James McKinney have been associated with adjudications, concerts, clinics, and jazz festivals throughout the upper Midwest. Faculty recitals have had them playing with artists such as Ronnie Bedford, Connie Evingson, Steve Wright and a host of regional talent. Johnson and McKinney are committed to music that celebrates the "Great American Songbook".