Trending international acts, rising stars in the region, and talented local student musicians take the stage starting at 10 am at the second annual Delaney Chevrolet Westsylvania Jazz & Blues Festival, May 23 in Indiana, Pa.
The free outdoor festival brings jazz, blues, soul, and funk to IRMC Park, located at Philadelphia and 7th Streets, until 9 pm. Afterwards Downtown venues get in the swing with late-night shows.
“What’s great about Delaney Chevrolet Westsylvania is you can hear major jazz and blues—including musicians who have the jazz world buzzing now—in a relaxed, small-town atmosphere,” said Rebecca Slak, executive director of the Indiana Arts Council, the festival’s presenting partner.
The New Mastersounds and Elevations, with special guest Warren Wolf, are the headliner acts. New Mastersounds, a jazz, blues, soul, and funk jam band from Leeds, England, has taken the U.S. festival and venue circuit by storm. “NMS are easily the best of the recent crop of bands for whom samplers are moribund but valve amps provide the meaning of life,” says the BBC’s Greg Boraman.
Wolf, vibraphonist, pianist, and drummer from Baltimore and acclaimed worldwide, is a member of NPR jazz host Christian McBride’s Inside Straight. Pittsburgh-based Elevations plays music firmly rooted in the jazz tradition with a blend of diverse influences, and is gaining a reputation as one of today’s most exciting and unique young jazz groups. This show is presented by the Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival, a project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.
Pittsburgh-based Eugene and the Junkman won the top duo award in the Blues Society of Western Pennsylvania 2014 Blues Challenge for their authentic blues/gospel voice and guitar style. The Terry Gordon Quintet, from upstate New York, brings an adventurous approach to original jazz music, with straight-ahead romps, deep-pocketed funk, and free-form excursions.
Food options abound, with over 30 restaurants in town including festival sponsor Caffé Amadeus and delivery services to the festival site from Donut Connection, Pita Pit, Romeo’s Pizza, and Thai Cafe. All festival performances are free; late night-venues may have a cover charge.
|10:00 am||Dad Band|
|10:45 am||Low Tide|
|11:30 am||Westsylvania All-Star High School Jazz Band|
|12:15 pm||IUP Faculty Jazz Combo|
|1:30 pm||Eugene and the Junk Man|
|2:45 pm||Black Cat Moan|
|4:00 pm||Terry Gordon Quintet|
|5:30 pm||Elevations with special guest Warren Wolf|
|7:30 pm||The New Mastersounds|
|9:00 pm||Late-night acts across town|
The festival is presented in partnership with the Indiana Arts Council. The steering committee includes representation from jazz quintet the Dad Band, founders of the festival; Downtown Indiana, Inc.; and the Indiana business community. It is supported by generous donations from Delaney Chevrolet of Indiana, Pennsylvania, and from the EQT Foundation; by a partnership with Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival, a project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust; and by corporate sponsors and individual patrons.