Thank you for making Erie's Blues & Jazz Festival such a success in 2018!

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Squonk Opera

Squonk Opera

“Incorporating elements of street theater, pop-up art installation and solstice celebration” – Tribune Review

Squonk's first show was performed in a Pittsburgh junkyard, with choreographed cranes, roaring earthmovers, and screaming machine shears over 20 years ago. An ensemble of musicians, artists, designers, and technicians led by artist Steve O’Hearn and composer Jackie Dempsey, the group creates ...

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Bridgman | Packer's Dance's TRUCK

Bridgman | Packer's Dance's TRUCK

"The boundary between reality and imagination is brilliantly blurred…Welcome to the future of dance." Star Tribune, Minneapolis

Performed inside of a 17-ft box truck, Bridgman|Packer Dance's TRUCK brings performance to unusual locations. Through their signature integration of live dance performance and video technology, an ordinary box truck evolves from the utilitarian into a re-imagined space, a micro-world of magical ...

Mac Arnold & Plate Full O' Blues

Mac Arnold & Plate Full O' Blues

Mac Arnold’s first band included James Brown on piano. Mac moved to Chicago and Muddy Waters hired him on the spot. He toured and recorded with the Muddy Waters Band and recorded LPs with Otis Spann and John Lee Hooker. Mac moved to Los Angeles and produced Soul Train with his friend Don C...

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Sidi Touré

Sidi Touré

Sidi Touré is a highly acclaimed practitioner of Songhaï Music with two Malian National Arts Awards for best singer. Touré led Gao’s regional orchestra, The Songhaï Stars, prior to going out on his own. In 2011, he released Sahel Folk, his debut album for Thrill Jockey, touring North America ...

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Billy Branch & The Sons of Blue

Billy Branch & The Sons of Blue

3 Time Grammy Nominee

Billy Branch has played on over 150 different recordings, including 12 under his own name. He's recorded with Willie Dixon, Johnny Winter, Lou Rawls, Koko Taylor, Eddy Clearwater, Honeyboy Edwards, Syl Johnson, Lurrie Bell, Ronnie Baker Brooks, John Primer, and Taj Mahal, just to name a few. In ...

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One World Tribe

One World Tribe

One World Tribe was recently named the 1st prize winner in the 2016 Renaissance Artist and Writers Association's Songs for Social Change Competition for it's song We Are One which features two time Grammy Award winner Terrance Simien. The winning track originally appeared on the groups album Unity &...

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The Jazz Passengers

The Jazz Passengers

The JAZZ PASSENGERS are a fantastical fusion of post-bop and musical comedy, once called a “perverse mainstream … hard-bop group as imagined by Frank Zappa.” Their name, a take-off on Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, reveals the musicians’ wild ride along the eccentric currents in modern A...

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Erie's Blues & Jazz Festival returns to Frontier Park on August 3, 4 & 5 of 2018. For three days and three nights, the park comes alive with what has proven itself to be the region’s most dynamic musical event; this free community event is held rain or shine. Erie's Blues & Jazz Festival, attracting more than 20,000 visitors, features musicians that range from regional favorites to international super-stars. 

 

For the second year, we will expand the festival to three days in an effort to feature more local artists, food vendors, filmmakers, and musicians. And, as always, we're excited to feature the same caliber of international Blues & Jazz musicians that you've come to expect from this Erie event.

This is a transitional year, as Erie Arts and Culture takes over the production responsibilities for the festival. The 2017 Blues & Jazz Festival concluded with a joint announcement by the Erie Art Museum and Erie Arts & Culture, of the commitment we are making to spearhead a combined arts and music festival that could one day become a multi-venue event. Our goal is to keep outstanding blues and jazz music at the core of a new Erie Art & Music Festival but to also showcase the region’s talent in a variety of other art forms. Behind the scenes, the festival’s management will also expand. Creator and longtime Festival Director, John Vanco will join the Board of a new organization created to focus solely on the festival. The mission of Erie Arts & Culture is to strengthen the vibrancy and vitality of the Erie Region and enrich the lives of our people through the advancement of arts and culture. The Blues & Jazz Festival is a perfect intersection of all aspects of our mission. The Festival allows us to reach the greatest amount of individuals in a single weekend, where together we can share great art and music. 

 
 

The mission of Erie Arts & Culture is to strengthen the vibrancy and vitality of the Erie Region and enrich the lives of our people through the advancement of arts and culture.
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