JazzFest 2014 Performers

2014 Main Stage Line-Up

Thursday, July 17, 2014

  • Brandon Sprague Blues Band – 6:00 PM

    BrandonBlues guitarist and composer Brandon Sprague hails from Deadwood, South Dakota.   Brandon performed at JazzFest in 2012 and has released a few albums on the family record label.   His sound is reminiscent of Jimmie Vauhgan with a bit of Springsteen tossed in.   He’s performed weekly at the Deadwood Tobacco and Cigar Bar for most of the last decade and has a strong Black Hills following.  The band just celebrated it’s CD release of original tunes entitled, “Edge of the World.”
    Sprague has most notably toured with B.B. King. He has opened for Neville Brothers, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Koko Taylor, Son Seals, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Little Feat, Big Head Todd & the Monsters, Rev. Horton Heat, Joan Jett, Roomful of Blues, Edgar Winter, Doobie Brothers, & many more.

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  • The Kelly Richey Band – 7:30 PM

    OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABased in Cincinnati, Kelly Richey is one of the hardest working independent musicians out there, to date logging an extraordinary 800,000 miles touring, and at one point in her 25- year professional career, gigging a grueling 275 days out of the year. Richey started playing guitar at the age of 15. Today, at age 48 and a staggering 3,500 gigs later, she more than earns the title of Master guitarist. She has been described as “Stevie Ray Vaughan trapped in a woman’s body with Janis Joplin screaming to get out”. She has been listed as among the top 100 gifted guitarists by the Truefire Commuity (2011), and draws comparisons to blues icons Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

    Cognizant of the emotionality of the music in her live shows, Richey steamrolls; she hits the audience hard and fast, grabs on and doesn’t let go. Hard rocking, blues-based and guitar driven, she blasts her audiences with jaw-dropping, lightening fast riffs and a muscularity of playing that even many of the best male guitarists don’t possess. Richey has shared the stage with such legends as Lonnie Mack and Albert King, and has opened for Joe Cocker, Johnny Winter, Edgar Winter, Walter Trout, Little Feat, Foghat, REO Speedwagon, George Thorogood, Average White Band, Warren Zevon, and James Brown.

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  • Here Come the Mummies – 9:30 PM

    HCTM_photoFrom these hovering souls, who called themselves Here Come The Mummies, Professor Dumblucke learned of the powerful curse that doomed them to wander the earth, seeking the ultimate riff, the one that may allow their spirits to rest after eons of, as they put it, “banging out solid fly grooves, y’all.”

    Without so much as a hot bath, HCTM would open for P–‐Funk and Al Green, rock Super Bowl Village 2012, become regulars at The Bob and Tom Show and massive festivals like Summerfest, and make themselves the darlings of sell-out crowds over wide swaths of North America (and little tiny strips of Eurasia). Eddie Mummy, Java, K.W. Tut, Mummy Cass, Spaz, The Pole, Midnight, Mummy Rah, and The Flu got the remainder of their minds and bandages together and realized that the world was ready for a new HCTM record. The new collection, Cryptic, suits their elusive persona down to the ground.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

  • Josh Hoyer and the Shadowboxers – 6:00 PM

    Josh Hoyer of Josh Hoyer and the Shadow Boxers brings the soul to the Playing with Fire Concert Series, 2013, opening for Vintage Trouble.Josh Hoyer and The Shadowboxers is a project formed in late 2012 in famed blues town Lincoln, Nebraska. For the last 15 years, Hoyer has been very in demand as a performer in his previous bands, as a solo artist behind the piano and as a session musician and arranger. Spending much of his time booking and promoting in Lincoln at the legendary Zoo Bar and beyond, Hoyer is an influential part of the funk, soul and blues youth movement.

    His current 9-piece Soul band includes some of the areas most revered and accomplished musicians, many of whom have toured nationally and internationally, teach music and are asked to back up bands live and in the studio. The band’s sound and passion come from their deep respect, knowledge of and passion for blues, Americana, soul, funk, and many other styles of music.

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  • Samantha Fish – 8:00 PM

    Samantha FishKansas City-based Samantha Fish has been on a major roll ever since she teamed up with Cassie Taylor and Dani Wilde on Ruf’s 2011 release, Girls with Guitars, and fueled by the trio’s Blues Caravan tour of Europe and the U.S., created an international buzz in the blues world. Later that same year she recorded Runaway, her solo debut on Ruf, which mixed gutsy riff-blues rockers like “Down In The Swamp” with the mellow small-hours jazz of “Feelin’ Alright,” while marinating her songwriting in the groove of the Rolling Stones and even tipping a hat to Heart. “It’s all the sounds I grew up with,” she explained at the time, “with my own spin.” Earlier this year Samantha joined labelmate Devon Allman for a sultry duet of the Tom Petty classic, “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around,” that appeared on Devon’s Turquoise CD and accompanying video.

    Hitting a receptive international blues and rock press, Runaway was hailed as a thrilling opening statement, earning a string of rave reviews and radio airplay, climaxed by her winning the Blues Music Award (BMA) for “Best New Artist Debut” in 2012.

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  • MIDCONTINENT COMMUNICATIONS PRESENTS: George Thorogood and the Destroyers – 9:30 PM

    GeorgeThorogoodGeorge Thorogood and his longtime band The Destroyers – Jeff Simon (drums, percussion), Bill Blough (bass guitar), Jim Suhler (rhythm guitar) and Buddy Leach (saxophone) – their 40th anniversary is indestructible proof that staying true to yourself and the music can still mean something. And with a catalog of iconic hits that includes “Who Do You Love”, “I Drink Alone”, “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer”, “Move It On Over”, “Bad To The Bone” and more, being able to share it with audiences is what will always matter.

    Over the course of sixteen studio albums (including six Gold and two Platinum), they would storm the charts by putting their own stamp on nuggets by Hank Williams, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, John Lee Hooker, Elmore James and more, while simultaneously bashing out smash GT originals that crackle with humor and swagger. “I’ve always balanced one against the other,” George explains. “Back when we were playing clubs before we had original material, I’d say ‘Hey, let’s play that Willie Dixon song.’ We played them our way and audiences loved ‘em.

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

  • Dakota Jazz Collective – Noon

    Dakota Jazz CollectiveDakota Jazz Collective is a Sioux Falls-based ensemble rooted in the classic and contemporary sounds of jazz. Featuring a horn driven ensemble, members of DJC have developed a strong reputation as some of the region’s finest and most recognized jazz musicians. Celebrating the local jazz scene, committed to jazz education, and performing across the region, Dakota Jazz Collective shares their passion for jazz with every performance.

  • JazzFest Jazz Camp with guest artist Wycliffe Gordon – 1:30 PM

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    The top band from JazzFest Jazz Camp will be joining Wycliffe Gordon for a grand performance. Wycliffe Gordon has been named “Trombonist of the Year” by the Jazz Journalists Association nine times since 2000. Gordon, who can play 22 additional instruments, has had an extraordinary career as a performer, conductor, composer, arranger, and educator. He is one of America’s most persuasive and committed music educators, and currently serves on the faculty of the Jazz Arts Program at Manhattan School of Music.

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  • Kris Lager Band – 3:00 PM

    Kris Lager Band Photo Kris Lager started playing around the Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska, area as a young teen guitar prodigy garnering the attention of the regional music scene. Entering into his adult years, Lager formed a band of friends and equally talented musicians and took his blues-based sounds to a more funky and modern place. The Kris Lager Band has seen a lot of success in their non-stop touring, playing over 200 shows each of the last five years. Kris Lager Band has developed a unique style with a varied mix of blues, funk, soul, Americana, rock and zydeco.

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  • Jack Brass Band – 4:30 PM

    SONY DSCThe Jack Brass Band formed in 1999 in Minneapolis, Minnesota and have been growing strong ever since.  This nine piece ensemble embraces the traditions of New Orleans jazz, but at the same time adding old time blues, rock, hip-hop, pop, soul, funk and Reggae.   The crack of the snare drum, the blat of the sousaphone, the blaring brass over it all tells you that the Jack Brass Band is an infectious machine, one that drives crowd to their feet and commands them to groove. A truly unique sound and experience, the band has been featured at festivals in Canada, as well as throughout the upper Midwest. If you like your music hot and spicy, the Jack Brass Band is just for you.

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  • The Jennifer Keith Quintet – 6:00 PM

    Jennifer Keith Quintet_PhotoVocalist & Las Vegas headliner Jennifer Keith is an American Classic and a descendent of a long line of entertainers that began with her Great Great Grandfather B.F. Keith, the “K” in RKO Pictures, one of the Big Five studios of Hollywood’s Golden Age.

    Many have described Jenny as “a pinup doll with a voice reminiscent of Peggy Lee meets Julie London”. Her fabulous quintet is led by Mando Dorame, tenor saxophonist and Co-founder of world renowned Royal Crown Revue; a band who is credited for reviving the swing movement in the 1990’s. Among other credits, Royal Crown Revue has been featured in “Gene Simmons family Jewels”, “The Mask” with Jim Carrey and have toured with Bette Midler.  Jennifer Keith also traveled to Egypt as a guest of the US State Department to perform at the Cairo Jazz Festival. Audiences will be thoroughly entertained and transported back to a timeless era of entertainment!

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  • MIDCONTINENT COMMUNICATIONS PRESENTS: Gary Clark Jr. – 8:00 PM

    Gary_APPROVED_photoTo sum up Gary Clark Jr. is more challenging every day. He’s a musical universe unto himself, expanding at a nearly immeasurable rate, ever more hard to define — as a mind-blowing guitarist, a dazzling songwriter and engagingly soulful singer.

    With his debut album Blak And Blu he has just become the first artist ever recognized by the Recording Academy with Grammy Award nominations in both the rock and R&B categories for the same album in the same year, winning a Grammy Award the latter: Best Traditional R&B Performance”  – “Please Come Home” (from the album Blak And Blu).  And the day after claiming those honors he provided one of the highlights of the highlights-filled “The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles,” with sparks flying as he dueled with Joe Walsh on an incendiary “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” Dave Grohl behind them pounding the drums.

    But that barely scratches the surface. The album’s a rocket ride from the Mississippi Delta of a century ago to multiple points still out beyond the horizon. Rock and R&B sure, but blues, soul, pop, psychedelia, punk and hip-hop are also in Clark’s expansive musical embrace and insatiable hunger for inspiration, which he’s internalized into music all his own. And his two acoustic blues performances on the soundtrack album for the acclaimed movie 12 Years a Slave show the distinct talent and personality he brings to his music.

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  • Gov’t Mule – 10:00 PM

    Gov't Mule_Image2Gov’t Mule has been blowing minds since their eponymous 1994 debut. That album found the band boldly transfusing new blood into old-school psychedelic blues-rock at a time when the genre was largely ignored. Gov’t Mule’s stylistic grasp has grown inexhaustibly since. Fighting the trend in a declining music industry, the band’s fan base, too, has steadily expanded over the course of 15 studio and live releases and thousands of performances – at first in small clubs and theaters, then at halls and major international festivals.

    Few bands have a reputation for making music as consistently honest, organic and daring as Gov’t Mule. Now the enduring group fronted by visionary singer-guitarist and Grammy winner  Warren Haynes returns with their first album in four years – their Blue Note Records debut Shout!, a breath-taking, exploratory double-disc released in September 2013.

    They’re the rare rock ‘n’ roll group with an improvisational heartbeat, which allows all four musicians to expand on the songs’ themes in non-formulaic ways. That quality distinguishes the finest jazz, blues and rock recordings of the ’50s and ’60s, but is largely absent in modern music. Today, Gov’t Mule have become a human encyclopedia of great American music even while adding to that cannon. And through it all Haynes has served as not only the group’s captain, but as a beacon of creativity and excellence that inspires fans and fellow musicians.

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    **Artist times and schedule subject to change at any time**

2014 Second Stage Line-up and Schedule

Thursday, July 17, 2014

  • Hometown Glow – 6:30 PM

    Hometown GlowHometown Glow is bluesy, soulful, original music from the heart of the Midwest. Soaring vocals and harmonies, creative chord progressions, choppy funk guitar, huge piano/organ sounds, and showstopping drums.  All handmade, the sound that Hometown Glow creates is tightly composed and uplifting, tempered with just enough wiggle room to celebrate the art of improvisation. With impressive command of their instruments, they create complex sonic scenes while staying connected to earth through catchy melodies and composing. Listeners encounter what has been described as ‘Grateful Dead meets Stevie Wonder’ and a live show that is sure to satisfy music purists, self-proclaimed American Idol vocal judges, cigar chomping blues-meisters, and jam band parking lot party patrons. Hometown Glow’s freshman album was played live and direct in the studio simultaneously. Refusing to use special effects, auto-tune, drum sample scrubbing, excessive overdubs and other studio deception, they created a celebration of live music performance.

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  • Union Grove Pickers – 8:00 PM

    UGP-Blu GroupWhere the plains touch the sky, the cornfields brush the city limits, and two transcontinental roadways collide, the Union Grove Pickers orchestrate a songbook embedded in the rich history of the American position and condition. Drawing on their natural Americana roots, the quintet couples the traditions of folk, country, bluegrass, blues, and rock to create a musical blend of memorable melodies and haunting harmonies reminiscent of both the days gone by and the brimming hope of those ahead. Hailing from Sioux Falls, SD, the all-acoustic outfit consists of the vocal and instrumental stylings of Erin Castle, Megan DeBoer, Travis Jamison, Tim Jewell, and Josh Rieck.  Having recently released Great Plains Driftin’, their sophomore album featuring a combination of songs both original and traditional in origin, UGP finds solace in voicing the everyday trials and tribulations of the working man or laboring lady, whether high on the hog or far, far beneath, and the individual victories and defeats encountered along the way.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

  • “Jazzed” with Bobby Gripp – 6:00 PM

    Jazz_Diversity_Project_1sm_depth1“Jazzed” is a state of being – an anticipation of something special unfolding as you’re witnessing it, in this case, in a musical context. They will be playing compositions by artists such as Cole Porter, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and a host of other jazz and blues classics and standards. The members of “Jazzed” will bring their own unique approach to this music. Drummer Bobby Gripp leads the group. Gripp has been a longtime supporter of the Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues Society and has toured with the organization’s Jazz Diversity Project. Joining Gripp on stage will be Dan May on Piano and Chris Champion on Guitar.

  • Brian Masek and Friends – 7:30 PM

    BRIAN MASEK AND FRIENDSBrian Masek & Friends is a jazz/rock/fusion band that will cure your fear of jazz forever! Featuring bassist Brian Masek, sax player Chris Borchardt, guitarist Steve Grimes and drummer Chuck Case, this group performs a mix of high energy tunes from artists such as Marcus Miller, Miles Davis, Billy Cobham, Jeff Beck, John Scofield and Average White Band, Steve Wonder and other interesting and unique music not often performed by other groups.  Brian Masek & Friends and its member are highly active in the local music scene with various versions of this group and their own groups.  In 2013 members of the group collaborated with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra to perform a rock/fusion song arranged by Brian as part of their Christmas Concert Series.  Brian also has been performing regularly solo at events like SFJB Jazz Crawl, Downtown Sioux Falls Street Musician Series, Riverfront Ampitheatre, Sioux Empire Fair and many local venues.   The veteran musicians in Brian Masek & Friends have logged thousands of miles across the country and played with or shared stages with notable artists such as Robert Cray, Jonny Lang, Indigenous, Daughtry, David Cook, Sugarland, Chris Vadala, Mike Miller, Steve Weingart and many others.

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  • Mat D and the Profane Saints – 9:00 PM

    Mat D Profane Saints_photoKnown as the “Hemingway of the Highway” to his fans, singer-songwriter Mat D has performed with band mates Kurt Mullins and Jeff Deignan as Mat D and the Profane Saints since 2006.  Joined by new bass guitarist Shawn Blomberg in 2013,  the band has made a name for itself performing all original material ranging from Blues, Rock and Country that critics have hailed as “A Young Steve Earle with a more powerful set of Pipes” and “Hard Luck Americana”  The band’s latest album Holyoke was released to international critical acclaim and remained on Amazon.com’s Top 20 Hot New Releases in Roots Rock and Alt. Country for six weeks.   Jim Pipkin, and independent contributor to No Depression and Hickory Wind.org writes – “I’ve been in and around music and the business of music, since the early 1970’s.  In all that time I’ve heard a lot of bad music, a lot of good music but very little GREAT music.  This is GREAT music; well written, well played, solidly produced…from beginning to end the finest example of Americana Rockabilly I have ever heard… It stacks up with Haggard, Johnny Cash, Elvis, and kicks the liver out of most major label attempts in this genre”  

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

  • JazzFest Jazz Camp – Noon

    JazzFest Jazz Camp has enough bright young musicians for two bands! Watch half of the campers show their stuff on the 2nd stage!

  • Last Call Band – 1:15 PM

    Last_CallThe Last Call Band is a group of musicians from the El Riad Shrine in Sioux Falls and is relatively new to the Sioux Falls area music scene. The group consist of area business people ranging from Music educators to Construction workers.  Proceeds earned by this group benefit the activities of the El Riad Shrine.  The Last Call Band is a large group of 11 with a full brass section and play a mixture of “danceable” Classic Rock, as well as some Jazz and Blues from the 50’s to the 80’s.

  • Aberdeen Jazz Quintet – 2:45 PM

    Aberdeen Jazz Quintet_photoThe Aberdeen Jazz Quintet is a diverse jazz ensemble performing traditional jazz, funk, be-bop, and blues.  The band’s jazz roots run deep and include music from Mile Davis, Horace Silver, and Charlie Parker, to Pat Matheny and the Brecker Brothers.  The band is Dennis Mcdermott (trumpet), Paul Dutt (guitar), Mike Jelik (sax), Jimmy Reed (bass), and Scott Geffre (drums).   Members have performed with many big name jazz artists of today, teach jazz in high school and college settings around the state, adjudicate music festivals throughout the area, and have been a part of the All-State High School Jazz Festival since its inception.

  • FTX – 4:15 PM

    FTXFTX (Field Training Exercise) is one of five premier show ensembles of the 147th Army band based out of Mitchell, South Dakota. It was originally formed as an Octet in the spring of 2010 for performances during a tour of South Dakota communities. Very quickly, this passionate and energetic group became indispensable to the organization. FTX has retained its size, but has found new ways to exploit its members’ many incredible talents. The band can be described as a dirty funk/hip-hop group, a perfect blend of old school funk with unique hip-hop arrangements. Constantly evolving, the group can’t be defined in one word by style. They perform a variety of music including jazz, funk, pop, rock, and rap.

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  • Mark Cameron – 5:45 PM

    Mark Cameron PhotoMinnesota based singer, songwriter and guitarist Mark Cameron has been active in live music for over thirty years. Mark began his performing career in the rich folk-rock scene of the early 1970’s and brought this influence into several bands he founded during the 1980’s and 1990’s.  Today Mark’s focus is centered on crafting original Blues songs with strong melodies and memorable lyrics. The range of Mark’s material stretches the Blues beyond safe limits with a focus on “foot stompin, butt shakin” music that is built for a live audience.

    Known as a charismatic front man and soulful guitarist, Mark engages his audience directly in live performances and delivers his original compositions with a mix of sincerity, honesty and often a touch of humor. Mark is joined onstage by Sheri Cameron on flute and percussion, John Benedict on drums, Scott “Thunder” Lundberg on Bass and Bill “the Killer” Keyes on Harmonica.

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  • Josh Hoyer and the Shadowboxers – 7:15 PM

    Josh Hoyer of Josh Hoyer and the Shadow Boxers brings the soul to the Playing with Fire Concert Series, 2013, opening for Vintage Trouble.Josh Hoyer and The Shadowboxers is a project formed in late 2012 in famed blues town Lincoln, Nebraska. For the last 15 years, Hoyer has been very in demand as a performer in his previous bands, as a solo art­ist behind the piano and as a session musician and arranger. Spending much of his time booking and promoting in Lincoln at the legendary Zoo Bar and beyond, Hoyer is an influential part of the funk, soul and blues youth movement.

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  • Nikko McFadden – 9:00 PM

    Nikko_Press_PhotoKnown for his charismatic stage presence and determined attitude, Nikko McFadden has had multiple performances with top name, national artists in and out of South Dakota. His poetry has been “featured” in newspapers and in “605” magazine. He has high quality music videos on YouTube, including Keep Your Head Up and Ordinary People. Under his belt, McFadden has a mixtape hosted by a popular DJ out of Washington DC, an independent EP, and a full length album, Real Life Music Vol.1: Reflections of an Underdog. McFadden is set to soon release a second album, Real Life Music Vol.2: Ordinary people.

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2008 JazzFest Performers:

Jonny Lang, Joyce Cooling Group, Tab Benoit, Taj Mahal, Blues Bashers, Slim Man, Jonah Smith, Simone, Robben Ford, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, BlueTanes, Soulcrate Music, M80, Jazz Portraits, Victoria Pennock Band, Dakota Jazz Collective, Snakebeard Jackson, Truth & Adapt, Solution, Little Bird Band

2007 JazzFest Performers:

Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks Band, Robert Cray Band, Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers, The Lee Boys, Bonerama, Jeff Golub, Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen, Northlanders Jazz Band with Chris Vadala, Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans, Steve Weingart and Mike Miller, Solution, Soulcrate Music, Snakebeard Jackson, Kyle Knutson, Derek Postini, Dakota Jazz Collective, Urban Blues

2006 JazzFest Performers:

Medeski, Martin and Wood, Shemekia Copeland, Mavis Staples, Ticket to Brasil, Albert Cummings, Hubert Sumlin and the G.E. Smith Band, Buckwheat Zydeco, Ana Popovic, Quarter Round, Derek Postini Band, Dan Mahar, South Dakota Jazz Orchestra w/Denis DiBlasio and Steve Wiest, Sioux Falls Municipal Band, Northlanders Jazz, Serenata, The BlueTanes

2005 JazzFest Performers:

Buddy Guy, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Tommy Castro, Joe Bonamassa, Kelley Hunt, Greyhounds, Claudia Acuna, Dotsero, Guitarboy, SD Jazz Orchestra, Stallions, Violet, Hailey Soyland Band, DNR, Dan Mahar, That’s The Time, Jazz Portraits, Red Road, Phil Baker and Jeremy Hegg

2004 JazzFest Performers:

John Hiatt, Little Feat, Chris Botti, the subdudes, Dickey Betts and Great Southern, Roomful of Blues, Shane Henry, The Mezcal Brothers, Standard Time, Reggae Cowboys, P. Skunk Willy and the Antibots, Spooncat!, Sleepeater, Wumpus, Isaiah and Joe, That’s the Time, Grant Manhart/Brian Harding Quintet

2003 JazzFest Performers:

Mighty Sam McClain, Chris Duarte Band, Tower of Power, The Rejivenators, The Mezcal Brothers, SF Big Band with Chris Vadala, Nachito Herrera and Puro Cubano, Tony Monaco Trio, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, The Neville Brothers, Rosie Ledet and Her Zydeco Playboys, Sioux Falls Municipal Band, Dave Moore, The Fabulous Jadesmen, Standard Time, Spooncat!

2002 JazzFest Performers:

Tinsley Ellis, Walter Trout and the Radicals, Delbert McClinton, Third Verse, Harmonious Wail, Billy Music, CJ Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band, Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers, Los Hombres Calientes, Sista Monica, Tommy Castro, Jazz Portraits, Deadline, Rochford Jazz Ensemble, Jay Stulo, Paul Cebar and the Milwaukeeans

2001 JazzFest Performers:

Los Lobos, The Neville Brothers, Steel Pulse, Marcia Ball, Debbie Duncan, Kelly Hunt, Nelson Rangell, Omar & The Howlers, Bio Ritmo, Otis Taylor, Hadden Sayers Band, Spooncat!, Reggae Cowboys, Life B4 Color, Violet, North Main Blues Revue, Leghorn, Dr. Hector & The Groove Injectors

2000 JazzFest Performers:

Bo Diddley, Koko Taylor, Liquid Soul, Bernard Allison, Jimmy Thackery & The Drivers, Slim Man, Chubby Carrier & The Bayou Swamp Band, Connie Evingson, Spooncat!, Boom Shaka, Radio X, Little Slim & The Back Alley Blues Band, Blues Exchange, Friends, Standard Time, Bill Gibson Dixieland Band

1999 JazzFest Performers:

The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Terrance Simien, Big John Dickerson & Blue Chamber, Tommy Castro, Luther “Guitar” Johnson, Charlie Musselwhite, Eric Marienthal, Reggae Cowboys, Joanna Connor, Native Vibe, Sioux Falls Big Band

1998 JazzFest Performers:

The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Spyro Gyra, Kevin Mahogany, Johnnie Johnson, The Senders, Radio X, Spooncat!, Bill Gibson/Stephen Fulton Septet

1997 JazzFest Performers:

Nathan & The Zydeco Cha-Cha’s, Indigenous, Phil Perry, The Rippingtons, Dave Koz, Boom Shaka, Left Bank Jazz Society, Greg Koch, Pascal Bokar

1996 JazzFest Performers:

Earl Klugh, David Benoit, Little Scotty & The Spinners, Nebraska Jazz Orchestra, Irie, Native Vibe, Scotty Spenner