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A Great JazzFest 2014!

July 21st, 2014

The Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues Festival, JazzFest had another banner weekend.  Near perfect weather drew crowds in excess of 110,000 people to the 23rd annual event in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Headliners, George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Gary Clark Jr. and Gov’t Mule all had audiences of over 25,000 people.

“Everyone enjoyed the cooler temperatures this past weekend and took full advantage of the great line up we had,” says Executive Director, Robert Joyce,  “so we were able to continue to draw thousands of people to Sioux Falls for another great year.”

The three day festival began on Thursday, July 17 with funk band Here Come the Mummies, continued on Friday with George Thorogood and the Destroyers, and ended Saturday, July 19 with both Gary Clark Jr. and Gov’t Mule.

“We are proud to say 110,000 people enjoyed the music on both stages and enjoyed both great weather and great music for JazzFest 2014.”

JazzFest is organized by the Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues Society, a non-profit arts organization.  George Thorogood and the Destroyers and Gary Clark Jr. were presented in part by a gift from Midcontinent Communications.

A big thank you goes out to JazzFest sponsors, committee members, and volunteers. Without them, JazzFest would not be possible!

Festival organizers are already looking forward to next year’s JazzFest. The dates set for 2015 are July 16-18.  We hope to see you there!

JazzFest 2014 is Almost Here!

July 11th, 2014

The annual Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues festival, JazzFest, is quickly approaching! JazzFest is a FREE, three day event held annually in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. This year’s event is July 17-19, 2014 at Yankton Trail Park.

Yankton Trail Park is located just off the intersection of Minnesota Avenue and I-229. There are many ways you can get to JazzFest. There will be parking available inside Yankton Trail Park. Like previous years, there will be a $10 fee per vehicle at the entrance on Minnesota Ave. Remember that though there is ample parking inside Yankton Trail Park, it fills up quickly in the evenings.

Festival organizers recommend people bike or walk to the festival on the bike trails. Those who bike can utilize the convenient bike valet provided by Spoke & Sport

Shuttles will be provided as another way festival attendees can get to JazzFest. The shuttles costs $3 per person round trip.

Shuttle times & locations are as follows:

Thursday: 5pm-11pm (Lincoln High only)

Friday: 5pm- 12:30am (Lincoln High only)

Saturday: 11am-12:30am (Lincoln, Roosevelt, and O’Gorman)

There are trolleys running inside the park and will quit running at dusk so plan accordingly.

JazzFest works closely with Sioux Falls Police Department to direct traffic and monitor the flow of people in and out of the park. SFPD will be directing traffic for right turns only onto 57th street when exiting the festival.

To find out more information about the festival or visitor information, click HERE


JazzFest 2014 Main Stage Line-up Announced!

April 17th, 2014

Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues has announced their full lineup for the main stage at JazzFest 2014! Headliners Gov’t Mule, George Thorogood and the Destroyers, and Gary Clark Jr. will be performing on the main stage. The generous gift donation from Midcontinent Communications has made the performances of George Thorogood and the Destroyers and Gary Clark Jr. possible.  JazzFest takes place on July 17-19 at Yankton Trail Park in Sioux Falls, SD.

Executive Director, Robert Joyce said, “This is our 23rd celebration of Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues and the festival keeps getting more amazing each year.  The diversity of the artists in the line-up for JazzFest in 2014 are strong—and when you couple the headlining acts of George Thorogood, Gov’t Mule and Gary Clark Jr., you’re bringing together some of the best of the history of blues and rock with some of the best of the future of blues and rock. Traditional jazz, hard hitting blues, funk and soul, costumes, themes, and musical favorites, JazzFest 2014 is going to be three days of great fun!”

Performers include:

JazzFest Jazz Camp with Wycliffe Gordon
Dakota Jazz Collective
Brandon Sprague
Josh Hoyer & The Shadowboxers
Kris Lager Band
Jack Brass Band
The Jennifer Keith Quintet
The Kelly Richey Band
Samantha Fish
Here Come The Mummies
Gov’t Mule
George Thorogood and the Destroyers – 40 Years Strong
Gary Clark Jr

Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues has once again been given the great opportunity for JazzFest 2014 to align with Midcontinent Communications to bring Gary Clark Jr. and George Thorogood and the Destroyers. “The partnership between Midcontinent Communications and Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues continues to provide JazzFest audiences with the opportunity to see some of the best performers touring today. Artists such as legend in the making, Gary Clark Jr. and blues staple George Thorogood & the Destroyers are the best of the blues of the past and future. Without this partnership with Midcontinent Communications, the level of talent at JazzFest would not be at this level— we are grateful and lucky to have such a wonderful community partner.”

Tom Simmons, Senior Vice President of Public Policy for Midcontinent Communications adds, “In the tradition of bringing the finest entertainment to our region, we’re proud to sponsor both George Thorogood and Gary Clark, Jr. at JazzFest 2014.  We’ll have the incredible opportunity to experience a performance from the legendary George Thorogood on Friday and listen to the amazing Gary Clark Jr. on Saturday–a Grammy-winning rising star we believe will remain at the top of the charts for a very long time.  Thank you to the Jazz and Blues Society for allowing us to share in this incredible community event that means so much to our customers and our employees.”

Read more about each artist HERE

The Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues Festival, JazzFest is organized by Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues, a non-profit arts organization.

It is the mission of Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues to increase the awareness of jazz and blues music in the Sioux Falls community and region through musical events and education.

About Midcontinent Communications

Midcontinent Communications is the leading provider of data, video and phone services, and cable advertising production in the Upper Midwest, serving over 300,000 customers throughout 335 communities in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin.  From the time we were founded in 1931, Midcontinent’s commitment to making the region a great place to live and work is reflected in the mission, values, products and services we bring to every home and business we serve.

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