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Old Webster Jazz & Blues Festival Celebrates the Big Easy

                                

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“Music lovers of all ages listened and danced to the sounds of jazz which filled

the air…”  – Webster-Kirkwood Times

        “…other kinds of music -- including blues, zydeco, pop, rock and folk -- are

        represented in the fest's eclectic lineup…a showcase not just for the artists,

   but for the historic shopping and dining district that is sponsoring the free event...”

                                               – St. Louis Post-Dispatch

 

What:  Webster-Kirkwood Times Presents 8th Annual Old Webster Jazz & Blues Festival

Where:  Webster Groves Historic District at Gore and Lockwood Avenues (St. Louis)

When:  Saturday, September 20, 2008, 12:00 noon - 11:00 p.m.

Who:  Gumbohead with Special Guest: The Funky Butt Brass Band, Erin Bode, Soulard Blues Band, Pfeffer Trio Featuring Debby Lennon, Marquise Knox Blues Band, Anita Rosamond, Webster University Faculty Jazz Band, Mosby Group, The SteamRollers, Webster Groves High School Jazz Band

FREE:  Admission, Jazz Workshop, Parking

INFO:  For information or directions visit www.oldwebsterjazzfestival.com or call (314) 961-4656 or the Webster Groves Event Hotline at (314) 961-8810

es Festival

   

St. Louis, MO, USA - August 7, 2008 Nestled among historic buildings on the streets of Webster Groves, the Webster-Kirkwood Times presents the eighth annual Old Webster Jazz & Blues Festival (OWJBF).  This year the free, award-winning, family jazz and blues fest celebrates the music and cultures of Louisiana. Like the state's signature dish, gumbo, this year's festival offers a spicy stew of diverse ingredients from the Big Easy.  Stroll street side shops, devour delicacies, and tune in to jazz born in Louisiana and the soulful holler of blues that was first sung in the Mississippi Delta.

Located just 10 miles southwest of St. Louis, Webster Groves has hosted this melodic Midwest jaunt for the last seven years.  On Saturday, September 20th the festival's two stages will showcase ten area bands that pay homage to our nation's founding fathers of jazz and blues.  Expect to see involvement from the entire community as kids from the age of six to ninety-six frolic and mimic the

anticipated second-line dances of the south.

Talent

Gumbohead will return to make their third appearance in 2008, but with a new twist.  This year the eclectic and interactive band will not only headline the event, but will also bring along the Funky Butt Brass Band as their special guest.  A collective of rhythmic rapscallions and tuneful tricknologists, Gumbohead finds great joy playing music born in and influenced by New Orleans and southwest Louisiana.  Hatched in 1999, the seven-piece “zydefunk” group fuses high-energy with rich musical styles from the Crescent City.  To hear the band, is to experience the full-spectrum of Louisiana dance music, including zydeco, funk, blues, jazz, R&B, brass band, and traditional “second line” tunes.  Each show is a full-blown, bead-tossing, Mardi Gras throw down.  And all songs are 100% groove-a-licious; guaranteed to leave you with a wicked case of the Funky Butt, so get ready to "laissez les bon temps rouler!"

Back by popular demand is the sensational Erin Bode Group with a new album, The Little Garden, to their credit.  The songwriting team of Bode and Adam Maness produce one memorable and moving song after another with hip and clever lyrics, throwback keyboard sounds, and strong interplay among the band members.  Bode, herself, stakes claim as one of her generation's most imaginative and melodically inspired singer/songwriters.

Other anticipated highlights are the world-class favorites from Webster University Faculty Jazz Band, award-winning Soulard Blues Band, distinguished diva Anita Rosamond, blues prodigy Marquise Knox, and top-notch Webster Groves High School Jazz Band.

Making their first appearance as newcomers to the festival are the highly acclaimed Pfeffer Trio Featuring Debby Lennon, brilliant Mosby Group, and much-awaited debut of The SteamRollers from Webster Groves.

Music Grant

Earlier this year the OWJBF presented its second “Johnnie Johnson Legacy Grant” to the Webster Groves School District Foundation in the amount of $2,000.  The grant continues to honor the late Rock 'n Roll Hall of Famer Johnnie Johnson who graced the OWJBF stage from 2002-2004.  This year the festival plans to fund another grant for an undetermined amount.  The grants help eligible students obtain instruments so that that they may participate in music programs for both education and performance.

A Jazz Workshop:

Approaching the Standards; Methods for Interpreting Standard Repetoire for Jazz Singers and Instrumentalists

A free educational jazz workshop is available for regional students and amateur musicians of all ages.  Co-Sponsored by Webster University and the OWJBF, the workshop is hosted by world-class faculty and festival artists.  From 10:00 - 11:00 am you can learn from experts Paul DeMarinis (saxophone), Steve Schenkel (guitar), Debby Lennon (vocals), along with members of the Jeremy Pfeffer (bass) Trio.  The workshop takes place in the new Community Music School Building (Room 11), located at 535 Garden Avenue on the campus of Webster University.  Each participant will receive a free gift bag from area retailers (ie. MAXJAZZ, Webster Records, Euclid Records, Switzer's Candy).  Attendees do not need to bring instruments, and prior registration is not necessary.

A Taste of Old Webster

 

Enjoy diverse food and beverages located along festival avenues.  Highlights feature neighborhood bars, restaurants and businesses.  As you stroll along the nostalgic business discrict, don't be surprised if you bump into street entertainers who amuse you and your family with face painting, juggling and balloon-blowing.

The OWJBF was founded by its taxing district to help promote music and culture in the Old Webster Groves Historic District.  One of the most family-friendly jazz & blues festivals on the planet, the OWJBF beckons families to bring their kids and strollers as they celebrate, educate and commemorate.  For more information about the OWJBF and its sponsors, visit www.oldwebsterjazzfestival.com

or contact Webster Records at (314) 961-4656 or the Webster Groves Events Hotline at (314) 961-8810.   The festival offers free parking and all events go on rain or shine.  No glass bottles allowed.

 

2008 Old Webster Jazz Festival

PERFORMANCES

 

GORE AVENUE STAGE
ALLEN AVENUE STAGE
12 noon - 2 pm:  Mosby Group
12 noon - 2 pm:  The SteamRollers
2 pm - 4 pm:  Soulard Blues Band
4 pm - 6 pm:  Anita Rosamond

8 pm - 11 pm:  Gumbohead with

Special Guest:  Funky Butt Brass Band

7:30 pm - 10 pm:  Erin Bode Group

 

2008 Old Webster Jazz Festival

EDUCATION

                               

JAZZ WORKSHOP TIME DESCRIPTION

 

A Jazz Workshop:

Approaching the Standards; Methods for Interpreting Standard Repertoire for Jazz Singers and Instrumentalists

Saturday

Sept. 20

10:00 am

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11:00 am

 

Featuring Webster University Faculty:  Paul DeMarinis (saxophone), Steve Schenkel (guitar), Debby Lennon (vocals), along with members of the Jeremy Pfeffer (bass) Trio.  Attendees do not need to bring instruments.  Prior registration is not necessary. 

                              NO ADVANCE REGISTRATION NECESSARY

 

 

Students of ALL ages receive FREE gift bags from area retailers (ie. MAXJAZZ, Webster Records, Euclid Records, Switzer Candy, etc.).

Where:  Webster University, Community Music School Building.  Room 11, 535 Garden Avenue

Info:  Jeanne Huber, Music Department, 314.968.7032

Cost:  FREE

 

 

Presenting Sponsor:  Webster-Kirkwood Times  Radio Sponsors:  KTRS 550 AM, Classic 99 KFUO FM  Stage Sponsors:  U.S. Cellular, Fifth Third Bank  Corporate Sponsors:  Webster University, The Rockwood  Platinum Sponsors:  Acme Printers-Lithographers, Boston Creative, DeBlaze & Associates, Old Webster Special Business District, Russel & Gilsinan PC, Switzer’s Candy, Schaefer Auto Body,  Straub’s Market, Webster Records  Friends of the Festival:  City of Webster Groves, MCI Printing, Webster Groves/Shrewsbury Chamber of Commerce, Web SWOT Team 

Food Partners:  CJ Muggs, Joe Boccardi’s  Emcees:  KTRS’s Mark Christopher, Classic 99’s Don Wolf

 

 

 

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Welcomed by KTRS 550 AM

Classic 99.1 KFUO FM

 

 

  

 

Presenting Sponsor:  Webster-Kirkwood Times  Radio Sponsors:  KTRS 550 AM, Classic 99 KFUO FM  Stage Sponsors:  U.S. Cellular, Fifth Third Bank  Corporate Sponsors:  Webster University, The Rockwood  Platinum Sponsors:  Acme Printers-Lithographers, Boston Creative, DeBlaze & Associates, Old Webster Special Business District, Russel & Gilsinan PC, Switzer’s Candy, Schaefer Auto Body,  Straub’s Market, Webster Records  Friends of the Festival:  City of Webster Groves, MCI Printing, Webster Groves/Shrewsbury Chamber of Commerce, Web SWOT Team 

Food Partners:  CJ Muggs, Joe Boccardi’s  Emcees:  KTRS’s Mark Christopher, Classic 99’s Don Wolf

 
 
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