The path to next year’s Delaney Chevrolet Westsylvania Jazz & Blues Festival begins on Tuesday, December 22, 5:00–8:00 p.m. with the Westsylvania Holiday Jazz Happy Hour. Vocalist Laura Ferguson will perform holiday favorites with a jazz attitude at the Artists Hand Gallery, and tickets will include a spread of appetizers and desserts. A variety of beverages will also be available.
Ferguson is a Downbeat magazine award-winning singer who’s also a national leader in elementary jazz education. Anyone who has seen her perform can attest to the passion and excitement she brings to the stage. Ferguson will be accompanied by her husband, David Ferguson, and several surprise guests.
The evening also kicks off the festival’s fundraising campaign, with individuals and organizations encouraged to become patrons and sponsors of the festival.
“After the success of our Blues Happy Hour last March,” said Michael Powers, chairperson of the festival steering committee, “we decided to create a matching jazz event to kick off the countdown to the next festival. It’s going to be a great night of holiday music that we hope brings the spirit of the Delaney Chevrolet Westsylvania Jazz & Blues Festival to the holiday season.”
Tickets are $25 or two or more for only $20. Tickets are available at the Artists Hand Gallery, Michael B Shoes, Smicksburg Pottery, and online.
The 3rd annual festival takes place on Saturday, May 28, 2016. It is presented in partnership with the Indiana Arts Council. The steering committee includes the jazz quintet the Dad Band, founders of the festival. It is supported by generous donations from Delaney Chevrolet of Indiana, Pennsylvania; by a partnership with Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival, a project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust; by corporate sponsors and individual patrons; and by 90.5 WESA and 91.3 WYEP, the official media sponsors for the 2016 festival.