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JazzFest 25 Guitar Art Project to Hit the Road

January 29th, 2016

The Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues JazzFest 25 Guitar Art Project will travel to Rapid City for public display in February. The guitars will be on exhibit at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City, SD from February 26th through March 26th.

In honor of the 25th Celebration of JazzFest in July 2016, the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues (SFJB) began the JazzFest 25 Guitar Art Project. Artists throughout South Dakota have individually designed artwork on the canvas of a white Fender Stratocaster guitar. Each artist has been sponsored by a regional business. The guitars will be brought together throughout the year for public displays in Sioux Falls and the region leading up to the festival in July 2016.

The project is to not only join the music and art communities in Sioux Falls, but also help Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues bring awareness to incredible artists in the state, as well as celebrate the 25th JazzFest in 2016. “This is a milestone year for the festival and we wanted to not only find a way to celebrate all year long, but we thought about how to include visual artists into this project as well,”  Executive Director Robert Joyce states, “so it was exciting to take an iconic image such as the Fender Strat and give it to amazing artists throughout the region and watch them transform it into another piece of art.”

“I think a guitar by itself is a work of art. Add a coat of paint and a little creativity and it becomes special,” stated Sioux Falls artist Steve Brummond.

Additional dates for public viewing in 2016 will be released at a later date.

The Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues would like to thank the Sioux Falls Arts Council and South Dakota Arts Council for helping make this project possible. Additionally, a special thanks to the creative artists and their sponsors. Sponsors for the artists currently include CAPITAL Services, HenkinSchultz Creative Services, Hy-Vee, KELOLAND TV, Sanford Health, Midcontinent Communications, Townsquare Media/Results Radio, Vern Eide Motorcars, Metabank, Koch Hazard Architects, Wells Fargo, Nyberg’s Ace, Avera Health, Eide Bailly, Beth Ormseth, Face It TOGETHER, L.G. Everist, Inc., CNA Surety, CorTrust Bank, Lynn, Jackson, Shultz & Lebrun, Sammons Financial Group, TSP, Inc., and SFJB Board of Directors.

Mark Colby to Join JazzFest Jazz Camp 2016

January 19th, 2016

Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues announces the guest artist for JazzFest Jazz Camp. Mark Colby will be joining JazzFest Jazz Camp in 2016!

“Mark is a talented educator and musician, who has performed with hundreds of great jazz musicians during his career.  We are excited to have him as our guest artist for this year’s camp and know he’ll do wonderful things with the kids this July.” said Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Executive Director Robert Joyce.

Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues JazzFest Jazz Camp 2016 will be July 12-16 and will take place on the campus of Augustana University. At camp, students will learn from incredible instructors and guest artist Mark Colby through a variety of offerings. Camp class offerings include Jazz improvisation, Jazz Theory, History of Jazz, Combo Rehearsal, Big Band Rehearsal, Lessons, Concerts, Master Classes, evening concerts with faculty, guests, and students.

A huge highlight at camp is performing on stage at JazzFest! The top camp band will perform on the Main Stage at JazzFest with Mark Colby. JazzFest is the biggest jazz and blues festival in the upper Midwest! Featuring past performances by Joe Walsh, Gary Clark Jr., Gov’t Mule, George Thorogood, Sheryl Crow, the Neville Brothers, Dr. John, Little Feat, Buddy Guy, Jonny Lang, North Mississippi Allstars, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Bettye LaVette, Tower of Power, Taj Mahal, Mavis Staples, and many, many more.

New!
This year, a vocal component has been added to JazzFest Jazz Camp. Vocalists will learn to sing with an ensemble, combo and develop “jazz” singing skills. Special lessons will be available such as style, interpretation, vocal technique, introduction to music theory, scat singing and more. Plus, top vocalists will be featured with the jazz combos at JazzFest.

Eligibility: All incoming 7th through completed 12th grade musicians and vocalists may apply for submission.

Learn more HERE

JazzFest 25 Guitar Art Project on Display

December 3rd, 2015

FeaturePhoto_WebsiteThe Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues JazzFest 25 Guitar Art Project is now on display at the Koch Hazard Architects gallery. These guitars will be on display for public viewing between now and January 22nd.

 

 

Where: Koch Hazard Architects
Address: 431 N Phillips Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Dates: Nov. 30, 2015 – Jan. 22, 2016
Hours: 8am – 5pm, Monday through Thursday

Koch Hazard Architects has enjoyed being a part of the celebration. “Pairing visual artists with musicians is a powerful and fun way to celebrate JazzFest 25, we love supporting the project,” said Stacey McMahan, Principal at Koch Hazard Architects.

Additional dates for public viewing in the spring of 2016 will be released at a later date.

The Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues would like to thank the Sioux Falls Arts Council and South Dakota Arts Council for helping make this project possible. Additionally, a special thanks to the creative artists and their sponsors. Sponsors for the artists currently include CAPITAL Services, HenkinSchultz Creative Services, Hy-Vee, KELOLAND TV, Sanford Health, Midcontinent Communications, Townsquare Media/Results Radio, Vern Eide Motorcars, Metabank, Koch Hazard Architects, Wells Fargo, Nyberg’s Ace, Avera Health, Eide Bailly, Beth Ormseth, Face It TOGETHER, L.G. Everist, Inc., CNA Surety, CorTrust Bank, Lynn Jackson Schultz and Lebrun, Sammons Financial Group, TSP, Inc., and the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Board of Directors.

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