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JazzFest 2015 Performers Announced

April 21st, 2015

Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues announces their full main stage lineup for JazzFest 2015! Headliners Grace Potter, Boz Scaggs, and Marcia Ball will be performing on the main stage. The generous gift donation from Midcontinent Communications has made the performances of Boz Scaggs and Grace Potter possible. JazzFest takes place on July 16-18 at Yankton Trail Park in Sioux Falls, SD.

Executive Director, Robert Joyce said, “JazzFest in Sioux Falls has become a summer time tradition—and the level and artistry of the performers continues to get better each year.  Boz Scaggs and Grace Potter are two amazing examples of world-class talent coming to Sioux Falls this July. Nothing beats a free outdoor music festival when you have this amazing talent on the line up!”

Performers include:
Grace Potter
Boz Scaggs
Marcia Ball
Slim Man
Alicia Olatuja
The Record Company
Hadden Sayers
Harper & Midwest Kind
Tweed Funk
“Jazzed” with Bobby Gripp
Hank Harris
Brian Masek & Friends
JazzFest Jazz Camp with Allen Vizzutti

Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues has been given the great opportunity for JazzFest 2015 to align with Midcontinent Communications to bring Boz Scaggs and Grace Potter. “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 Grace Potter & Boz Scaggs are both in high demand every summer we are so thankful to have such amazing talent to share at the festival. Without this partnership with Midcontinent Communications, the quality 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, “What a privilege it is to showcase incredible world class talent at JazzFest 2015. Thanks to the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society, we will bring the best of the seasoned and the exciting to Sioux Falls. Boz Scaggs continues to play to delighted audiences around the country with his own compositions and jazz standard covers, while Grace Potter is the voice of new music that is not limited to a single genre. This is the caliber of talent that JazzFest goers have come to expect, and Midcontinent Communications is very pleased to be a part of it.”

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.

Allen Vizzutti will be Joining JazzFest Jazz Camp 2015

February 4th, 2015

Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues announces the guest artist for JazzFest Jazz Camp. Allen Vizzutti will be joining JazzFest Jazz Camp in 2015.

“Allen was a favorite of our jazz campers four years ago, so he’s being asked to return due to his popularity.  As a musician, educator and as a down to earth person these young people can relate with, he is number one.” said Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Executive Director Robert Joyce.

Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues JazzFest Jazz Camp 2015 will be July 14-18 and will take place on Augustana College Campus. At camp, students will learn from incredible instructors and guest artist Allen Vizzutti 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 Allen Vizzutti. 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.

For an application to camp or to find out more information, click HERE 

JazzFest Seeks Local Musicians for 2015

January 15th, 2015

Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues is currently seeking submissions from local musicians to perform at the Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues Festival – JazzFest 2015, July 16-18 at Yankton Trail Park.

Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues has created a home for local and regional musical acts on JazzFest’s second stage that includes a wide variety of musical genres. “We always look forward to featuring local and regional musicians at JazzFest— and in many cases they are just as popular as many of the main stage acts.  Each year is different and exciting, so we are anxious to see who will be submitting materials to perform there this July. ” said Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues Executive Director Robert Joyce.

The deadline for submissions is Monday, March 2, 2015.

Interested musicians can send press kits that include audio samples to:
JazzFest 2015 – 2nd Stage Submissions
c/o Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues
301 S. Main Avenue
P.O. Box 1285
Sioux Falls,SD 57101

Or email electronic press kits to

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