Philly Street Swing and Grist for the Mill to Perform
The Delaney Chevrolet Westsylvania Jazz and Blues Festival will hold its annual Westsylvania Holiday Jazz Fundraiser on December 8, from 6 to 9 pm at the Artists Hand Gallery and Espresso Bar.
The event will include performances by Philly Street Swing and Grist for the Mill, as well as silent auction items, including tickets to jazz vocalist Diane Schuur’s performance at IUP on December 9, and the Sean Jones CD release party in Pittsburgh on December 17.
No tickets are required for the event. Guests will pay on a sliding scale at the door, giving what they can to support Indiana’s annual jazz and blues festival.
“As a free festival, we depend on fundraisers like these to support our mission,” said festival steering committee chair David Ferguson. “But with two bands playing, this is also a great night out, and a great night for us to reconnect with the community.”
Philly Street Swing, led by trumpeter Nevin Saylor, plays jazz standards. Grist for the Mill, who performed at the 2016 festival, are Indiana, PA’s own purveyors of “back porch swing,” which the band defines as “the Great American Songbook performed by a string band.”
The Artists Hand Gallery and Espresso Bar is located at 732 Philadelphia St, Indiana, PA 15701.
Tickets for Diane Schuur have been donated by The Lively Arts at IUP, which offers the campus and the community nearly 200 events annually. Tickets for Sean Jones have been donated by the Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival, a project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.
The fourth annual Delaney Chevrolet Westsylvania Jazz & Blues Festival takes place May 27, 2017 in Indiana, Pennsylvania’s IRMC Park. The free, one-day jazz and blues festival has featured nationally and internationally known musicians, regional acts, and student musicians playing in a classic American small town.
Festival headliners have included blues guitarist Sonny Landreth, the Poogie Bell Band featuring trumpeter Sean Jones, The New Mastersounds, Elevations with special guest Warren Wolf, Richie Cole, Jevon Rushton, and Trudy Lynn.
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 and the local arts community. It is supported by a generous donation from Delaney Chevrolet of Indiana, Pennsylvania; a partnership with Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival, a project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust; the Indiana Arts Council, and by corporate sponsors and individual patrons.