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2017 Performances

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Friday, September 8th
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Gene Dobbs Bradford Blues Experience

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For over 25 years, Gene Dobbs Bradford has been electrifying audiences with his unique blend of blues, jazz, rock, funk and soul. A classically trained musician, Gene studied double bass at the famed Eastman School of Music. One evening while sitting in his dorm room listening to Muddy Waters, he decided to buy a harmonica and play the blues. He brings an eclectic mix of sounds he has encountered on his blues journey to the stage for powerhouse performances.

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
All4Nothin presented by

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All4nothin Band is a group of seasoned musicians who have enjoyed playing live music together for the past 15 years. With six members in the band we have a full, vibrant sound no matter what genre of music we play. We play a mix of classic & current rock favorites with a touch of blues and country.  From Sinatra to Santana, we play everything in between to satisfy the needs of our audience.

8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Big Mike & the Blu City All Stars

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Born and raised in Belleville, Illinois, on the outskirts of East St. Louis, "Big Mike" Aguirre was irresistibly drawn to the music of the water. The confluence of the Ohio, Missouri and Mighty Mississippi forms the Crossroads of America, and brings a rich diversity of musical and cultural ideas together. At the age of 19, restless with the notion that blues music ran much deeper than the SRV clones and blues-rock driven mainstays of the radio, he began his study of American Roots, Blues and Soul music in and around the outskirts of St. Louis at the invitation of gracious veteran performers who recognized his passion for going to the source of the music that moved him so deeply.

Saturday, September 9th
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Dave Black

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Winner of ‘Jazz Artist’ category in the 2011 Riverfront Times Music Awards,
Dave Black has worked with many artists from a wide range of musical genres including Jazz, Blues, Rock, Country, Bluegrass and Folk. He has worked with various notables including Richard 'Groove' Holmes, Bucky Pizzerelli, David Liebman, Fareed Haque, Little Anthony & The Imperials and The Drifters. Plus, Dave keeps himself busy working as a freelancer in the St. Louis area, performing and recording with many local artists.

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
The Natu Band

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After a stellar career as a ranked professional boxer, Natu has taken his passion of entertainment to the music industry. Having written many songs over the years and playing acoustic shows often, The NATU Band was formed with the intentions of bringing up-tempo modern country music that people enjoy, yet keeping the traditional country style of writing from the soul.

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Pierce Crask

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St. Louis-based singer-songwriter Pierce Crask, accompanied by his guitar and harmonica, and drawing from influences such as Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, John Prine, Bob Dylan, Greg Brown, and Chris Smither has been entertaining audiences professionally since 1999.

3:45 pm - 4:45 pm
The River Blenders Chorus

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The River Blenders Chorus is a chapter of Sweet Adelines International, a not-for-profit organization of approximately 30,000 members worldwide. They have a membership of 80 singers of all ages, from all walks of life, and from all parts of the St. Louis Metropolitan area and beyond. Their vision is to provide the opportunity to experience the joy of barbershop harmony with all members and the community and through education and performance. The River Blenders Chorus performs at a number of community events, self-produced shows, and annual competitions.

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Matching Shoe

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The Matching Shoe is a band from St. Louis, Missouri that combines the sounds of Rock 'n' Roll, Folk and Blues. Layered with incredible musicianship and vocal harmonies of their own, the band is made up of multi-instrumentalists and can be seen switching between their instruments during live performances which is what gives them the unique edge.

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Flying House

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Flying House is a modern pop/rock band with elements of Brit-Pop, Classic Rock 'n roll, European and American Folk. Formed by James Ibur, Flying House is made up of members from St. Louis-based bands who were making waves in the 90's including Five of These, Bella Wolf, Giant Desert Gerbils, Mary's Dream and Cobalt Blue. The Flying House sound is both retro and modern borrowing flavors from late 60's psychedelic rock/pop and modern rock/pop.

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Big George and the NGK Band

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Some have said he is the best kept secret of the St Louis Blues scene… Son of Legendary St Louis Bluesman Big George Brock, who is a recent inductee into the National Blues Hall of Fame, Big G Jr. is a Phenom in his own right burning a path into the St Louis Blues Scene and Fair circuit looking to break out into the National spotlight. Two years ago, forming the NGK band, Big George Jr. is electrifying the Blues market looking to bring that Moaning at Midnight to your town soon.

Sunday, September 10th
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Foggy Memory Boys

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In the deep St. Louis music tradition, The Foggy Memory Boys bring old time sound into a seamless wave of energetic soul. While not losing touch of the sound that makes their world go round. We like to think of Bluegrass as the poor rural white mans blues.

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Mayor Taylor presented by The Sheldon Concert Hall

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Lydia Ruffin, Charlie Pfeffer, and Mike Tiefenbrun create a sumptuous stew of traditional styles, from jazz to folk to spirituals, and a generous dash of original material. Lydia and Charlie have been singing together for more than 30 years, and their voices blend like a salve for the soul. Mike Tiefenbrun's bass stirs the rich sound, along with Charlie's mandolin and Lydia's guitar and ukulele. Mayor Taylor is roots music at its finest - a vocal and acoustic feast.

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Prairie Rehab

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Prairie Rehab is a Saint Louis based Americana outfit that deftly combines elements of folk, country, power pop, and jazz with lyrical depth, creating a sound brimming with crystalline female vocals, pedal steel, fiddle, horns, piano, and B3 organ.
On the first disc of their recently released double album, the band reflects on the pressures, expectations, and ambiguities of a single relationship, couching its reflection in a gentle landscape of richly layered Americana. The second disc, aptly named Idiomatic, finds Prairie Rehab further exploring its craft and sound within the context of a variety of genres, including reggae, synth-pop, and R&B.

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Winston Ramble

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Based in Florence, AL, Winston Ramble describes their music as homegrown folk n’ roll. With members originally hailing from the free state of Winston County, AL, the band aims to interject the raw expression of rock n’ roll into the feel good vibes of acoustic music. Ben Benefield’s vocals are soulful yet gritty. Combine that with some mandolin twang and church-like 4 part harmonies and you are left feeling like you are listening to a mix between a southern rock band and a gospel bluegrass quartet. Yet, the acoustically driven tunes carry a funky, sometimes psychedelic, an undeniably rock n’ roll vibe.

Harold & Dorothy Steward

Jazz Stage & Listening Lounge

Presented By WWT and The Steward Family Foundation.

Friday, September 8th
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
The Stephen Haake Trio

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Professional musician (drummer) based in St. Louis, MO. Stephen graduated from Webster University in 2014 with a B.M. (Bachelor of Music jazz performance).

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
SpaceShip

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SpaceShip is an intergalactic musical outfit comprised of sentient beings who have manifested on planet Earth to bring about mind expanding vibrational rhythms and tonal contemplations. They vibrate within frequencies that resonate within the spectrums of molecular jazz-fusion and nebular space funk.

8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
The Music of Weather Report & Return to Forever

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Celebrate fusion at its finest with Weather Forever! Zeb Briskovich (bass), Montez Coleman (drums), Adaron “Pops” Jackson (keys), Eric Slaughter (guitar), and Jason Swagler (sax), make up this all-star band created to pay tribute to legendary fusion groups Weather Report and Return to Forever.

Saturday, September 9th
9:00 am - 10:00 am
St. Louis Corporate Yoga

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Michelle Maue, owner and creator of St. Louis Corporate Yoga has spearheaded and taught over 10,000 corporate yoga classes to wellness-minded corporations since 2001.  St. Louis Corporate Yoga clients report greater problem-solving skills, less back pain, fewer sick days, and overall more happiness.

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wendy L. Gordon & Friends

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Wendy L. Gordon is the author of Jazz Heaven Series.  She is a song stylist, an actress, poet, author, storyteller and producer/promoter. She has performed throughout the St. Louis Area and metropolitan area for over 15 years.

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Jazz St. Louis All Stars

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Comprised of the top high school jazz musicians in the St. Louis region, the Jazz St. Louis All-Stars is the top combo in Jazz St. Louis’ JazzU program. This afterschool program is offered at no cost to students. Led by Southern Illinois University Edwardsville director of jazz studies Jason Swagler, the Jazz St. Louis All-Stars have performed all over the St. Louis area and beyond.

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Acoustik Element

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‘A Latin Vibe’ best describes the instrumental group Acoustik Element. Revolving their sound around the nylon-string guitar, AE is best known for reinventing popular songs by artists such as Santana, The Eagles, etc… while also staying true to Latin and Jazz standards. AE are the house musicians, performing every Wednesday night since 2005, at Barcelona Tapas and every Friday at Ameristar Casino.  In 2013, they performed before the legendary Carlos Santana at the Peabody Opera House.  Acoustik Element has released 4 CD’s and 1 DVD. 

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Feyza Eren presented by The Sheldon Concert Hall

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Internationally acclaimed jazz vocalist, Feyza Eren, returned to her hometown of St. Louis from Istanbul, in 2011, after spending 15 years singing jazz with Turkey's finest musicians. She has performed with St. Louis' finest musicians at many notable venues in and around St. Louis including the Sheldon Concert Hall’s Notes from Home series, the Jacoby Arts Center in Alton, Illinois, the Chesterfield Jazz Festival in 2015, the Whitaker Music Festival and Old Webster Jazz & Blues Festival in 2016, and the SLAM Underground: Fleur event at the St. Louis Art Museum in 2017.  Feyza also celebrated the release of 7 CD’s from 2014-2016 with Steve Davis, including their most recent 2016 release, Imagination. 

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Perrilles Project

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Paul Perrilles, otherwise known as “the kid” (named by Ray Charles trumpeter David Hoffman), is a young professional musician who derives from the Peoria, IL area. Born in Peoria, Paul found his passion for drums at a very young age. Paul is now pursuing a new musical endeavor called the Perrilles Project with some of the best musicians in Chicago. This group is inspired by some of his most influential musicians of the bebop era and onward. Paul is currently pursuing a career in jazz music with this ensemble at Northern Illinois University studying with some of the best musicians in the Chicago area.

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Erin Bode

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The Erin Bode Group creates music forged from the Americana of its members' Midwestern roots, infused with jazz grooves and made magic by Bode's bell-like voice. Sophisticated arrangements and attention to phrasing, both vocal and instrumental, further distinguish the band's fresh sound. Their most recent release, Photograph, was released in November 2010.

8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Kim Massie

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Kim Massie is one of the most recognizable vocalists in the Midwest. Her ability to sing not only the blues but rock, pop, country, gospel and R&B has earned her two Best Female Vocalist of the Year Awards from the Riverfront Times as well as the Grand Center Visionary Award in 2005. Kim Massie’s reign in the St. Louis entertainment scene pushes beyond the gates of the stage: her personality is a drawbridge to the audience. Kim’s audiences can expect to make requests and hear her make every note of it.

Sunday, September 10th
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
St. Louis Corporate Yoga

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Michelle Maue, owner and creator of St. Louis Corporate Yoga has spearheaded and taught over 10,000 corporate yoga classes to wellness-minded corporations since 2001.  St. Louis Corporate Yoga clients report greater problem-solving skills, less back pain, fewer sick days, and overall more happiness.

11:00 pm - 12:00 pm
Webster Jazz Band

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Jazz band students are members of the band program at Webster Groves High School. Jazz Band is a year-long course. Participation in the Jazz Bands is by audition only.

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Connor Low & Alex Bardon

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Connor Low is a 17 year old guitarist and musician who's passion for music is not only infectious, but inspiring. Connor's world revolves around music; Performing, creating, and sharing his love of music with as many people as possible is his life goal. Beyond the stages of Lollapalooza in Chicago, or the Fabulous Fox Theater in St. Louis , when he’s not on a main stage , Connor performs regularly around the St. Louis area ; solo, with several acoustic duos, bands, music programs and local groups.

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Erika Johnson & Tom Byrne

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3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Jim Widner’s Big Band

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Celebrating their 30th year anniversary, the Jim Widner Big Band is a 17 piece jazz orchestra that performs classic big band music with a distinct sound and style all of their own. The band has recorded six critically acclaimed CD’s and performed with some of the music world’s giant jazz icons, including Clark Terry, Louie Bellson, John Pizzarelli, Buddy DeFranco, Peter Erskine, Lou Marini, Bill Watrous, Bobby Shew, vocalists Marilyn Maye and Steve Lippia and a host of others. In addition to touring and performing, one of the most prominent features of the band is hosting a series of summer jazz camps for high school, middle school and college students. Widner’s passion for the “big band” is evident in their performances and clinics and contagious to audiences and students alike.

Performing Arts Stage

Supported By William T. Kemper Foundation Commerce Bank, Trustee.

Saturday, September 9th
11:15 am - 12:00 pm
Los Flamencos

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Los Flamencos is St. Louis' very own professional Flamenco company to present year round concerts for both large venues & smaller 'tablao style' shows. The tradition of Tablao Flamenco reveals the essence of Flamenco as an exquisite and spontaneous blend of dance and music in a casual and intimate setting, as seen throughout restaurants & cafes in Spain. Los Flamencos has been featured on various television programs such as; “Best of STL”, “Show Me St. Louis”, PBS  "Living St. Louis", and Charter HEC TV “State of the Arts” in addition to several regional radio programs including KDHX and NPR. Los Flamencos is a member company of Dance St. Louis.

12:15 am - 1:00 pm
Hula Hoopers

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1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Co-Stanza

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Co-Stanza was formed by frontman Jack Costanza during his Junior Year of Highschool. Although the roots of the band are in hip-hop, Co-Stanza has branched out in many different directions since it was created. This includes experimenting with Folk, Pop, and Rock and mixing that in with Rapping and singing. Co-Stanza has now grown to include more musicians than just Costanza himself and this group brings a high energy and unique set to every venue they play. Co-Stanza is sure to have something for everyone in the crowd and is sure to get you moving.

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
The Big Muddy Dance Company

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The Big Muddy Dance Company is a St. Louis-based repertory dance company which seeks to build a love of dance by providing fun, experiential, and highly entertaining performances. By engaging both emerging and established choreographers, collaborating across the community through senior outreach, and training future performers through our school and trainee program, we constantly strive to invigorate life through dance.

3:45 pm - 4:30 pm
Abra-Kid-Abra

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Jeff Lefton has been performing and teaching magic since 1969. He has performed in Hollywood at The Magic Castle, in Las Vegas, and on a 3-month national tour for General Motors. Jeff was shy as a child, and magic helped improve his confidence and bring him out of his shell. He founded Abra-Kid-Abra in 2005 to help children develop their presentation skills and confidence through magic and variety arts. Jeff has written 20 curriculums and shows in math magic, character, reading magic, and more.

4:45 pm - 5:15 pm
Sherry Norfolk

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Sherry Norfolk is an internationally acclaimed performer, consultant, teaching artist, workshop leader, and keynote speaker! She captures the imagination of audiences of all ages with her magical storytelling skills. Her telling style is distinctly her own, full of rhythm, motion, multiple voices, and opportunities for interactive participation, breathing life into her rich repertoire of folktales from around the world.

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Teens in Music Project

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Center for Artistic Expression and the St. Louis Blues Society present their Teen Music Group. They aim to educate and develop music skills to improve quality of life, help build a pathway that leads to careers in the performing arts and entertainment industry, and create innovative performances through music and artistic expressions.

Sunday, September 10th
11:15 am - 12:15 pm
The Celia & Little Celia Show

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After 8 years as a storyteller and puppeteer in a children’s library, in 2014, Jeanie started touring with the popular children’s musician Celia. Together they created the CELIA & LITTLE CELIA SHOW and CELIA & FRIENDS, an energetic musical puppet show with original music and puppet characters.

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
The Amateurs

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We are proud of the fun energy and musicianship we pour into all of our musical arrangements. We belt Christina Aguilera, jam onstage to Maroon 5, slow down a Bon Iver ballad, throw it back to 80’s hits, and do everything in between! We all vote on the music we want to sing, and anyone in the group can arrange songs. Each member of our group comes from a unique musical background and brings fresh and creative ideas.

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Consuming Kinetics Dance Company

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Consuming Kinetics Dance Company is a 501c3 non-profit professional dance company and community dance education center in St. Louis, Missouri offering dance instruction to adults and youth age 3 - 18. CKDC has two professional and original dance concerts each season and also performs in community events such as National Dance Week and St. Louis Dance Festival. CKDC aims to make dance accessible to everyone by offering scholarships to youth in need and work trade opportunities for adults. CKDC aspires to create job opportunities for full time artists and has auditions annually in December. We value motion as a mutual experience shared among all people. We embrace individuals who seek to live a balanced life through art and more specifically, dance. We provide a sanctuary for artists to reveal or rediscover their potential as movers. By offering a flexible curriculum, we strengthen the practice of dance and choreography while creating opportunities to pursue careers in the performing arts.

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Fanfare

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Fanfare plays a variety of styles of music with a great deal of, well… FANFARE! Fanfare features lead vocalist Kittie Moller whose vocals will capture and enthrall you. The music they play will take you all over the sound spectrum including Motown, R&B, Classic Rock, Disco, Pop, Country, Standards & Jazz, Big Band, and music of today.

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