There will be dancing in the streets once again as Peekskill presents its 10th Annual Peekskill Jazz & Blues Festival, Saturday, July 23rd, from 3-10pm. This FREE outdoor concert and craft fair attracts thousands of music enthusiasts to Peekskill’s historic Arts District, where families come to enjoy food, art, music and fun.
The Main Stage, located on North Division Street at Park & Central Avenues, will feature world-class Jazz & Blues musicians from 4-10pm. There are twelve downtown restaurants within walking distance of the Main Stage, so festival patrons will be able to enjoy outdoor or indoor dining, craft beers, wine and other libations. Shopping is plentiful at local boutiques and art galleries, as well as a vendor alley featuring art, crafts, clothing, jewelry and more from artisans across the Hudson Valley.
Opening Ceremony, 3:30 – 4:00: Hosted by WHUD’s Kacey Morabito. Live Music on the Main Stage, 4:00 – 10:00
HEADLINER: Joe Louis Walker, 2016 Blues Music Award Winner!
Contemporary Blues Artist Of The Year
Blues Hall of Famer Joe Louis Walker is one of the greatest bluesmen of his generation. He’s won five Blues Music Awards from the Memphis-based Blues Foundation. Aside from his most recent win, he received the 2010 Album of the Year Award for “Between A Rock And A Hard Place”, along with 48 other BMA nominations. JLW has performed and recorded with legends such as B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters and countless others. Joe has performed at the Kennedy Center Honors twice during his illustrious career – once for B.B. King, alongside Etta James and Bonnie Raitt, and again as a featured artist honoring former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. The New York Times raves, “Walker … delivers no-nonsense, gutsy blues. His guitar solos are fast, wiry and incisive, moaning with bluesy despair.” Rolling Stone simply calls him “ferocious.” joelouiswalker.com
The Brighton Beat Afrobeat & Jazz
Heavily influenced by Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, The Brighton Beat is a 10-piece horn- and percussion-driven band that creates grooves reminiscent of Herbie Hancock, at times reaching the unbridled expression found in the music of Miles Davis and Freddie Hubbard. Bandleader and drummer Sammy Wags and bassist Ryan Hinchey have recorded and played on national tours with various funk and reggae bands, and the horn section brings a heavy jazz influence to the forefront. In addition to outstanding musicianship, the group adds another level of instrumentation to their Jazz-meets-Afrobeat style by way of unique vocalizations. Some call it, “harmonic chanting.” The energy and enthusiasm this band brings to the stage unparalleled. thebrightonbeat.com
Michael Tate & 3D Rhythm of Life Latin-Tropical-Soul
Two-time Latin Grammy Nominee Michael Tate leads 3D Rhythm of Life, a band the blends the sounds of Latin, R&B, Reggae and the flavors of the Caribbean, creating what he calls “Latin-Tropical-Soul”. The band’s melodies are reminiscent of classic Latin performers like Carlos Santana and Gloria Estefan. 3D Rhythm of Life’s latest release, “FANTASY”, is their new video single and the title of the full album coming in the Fall of 2016. The Latin-Tropical-Soul version of FANTASY is the first of its kind. Originally recorded by the super group Earth Wind and Fire, FANTASY has fast become a mega hit and an international favorite. hear3dmusic.com
Greg Westhoff’s Westchester Swing Band
An 18-piece Big Band
In commemoration of the festival’s 10th Anniversary, we’re proud to present one of the bands that started it all! Greg Westhoff’s Westchester Swing Band performed at the 1st and 2nd Annual Peekskill Jazz & Blues Festivals and is a Peekskill favorite. Bandleader Greg Westhoff is the orchestra drummer for the hit show, “Family Guy”, and performed with Walter Murphy and the Big Apple Band on the popular disco-era hit, “A Fifth of Beethoven”. The band performs classic Big Band/Swing music from Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Tommy Dorsey and more, as well as ‘40s & ‘50s Jazz.
Funk / Jazz / Pop
Jessi Mason is a dynamic singer and guitarist. Her music is reminiscent of Nora Jones and influenced by the likes of Emily King and Corinne Bailey Rae. Backed by horns, keys and drums, Jess will bring a little Funk, a little Jazz and a lot of talent! Jessi was lead singer with the Lagond All Stars at last year’s 9th Annual Jazz & Blues Festival, and they were a showstopper! Artists such as Etta James and Eva Cassidy have inspired Jessi’s work, and she will be performing some of their classics such as “I’d Rather Go Blind” and “Stormy Monday.” at the Festival this year. See Jessi Mason and her band at 5pm on the Main Stage. jessimason.com
Other venues offering live music in Peekskill: The Beanrunner Café (201 S. Division St., beanrunnercafe.com) will feature Jazz/Funk guitarist Jimbo Ro from 3-5pm, and The Donna Singer Jazz Quartet from 5-7pm. These are Benefit Concerts raising funds for Support Connection, a non-profit organization that provides support to women with breast and ovarian cancer.
This year’s 10th Annual Peekskill Jazz and Blues Festival is produced and presented by The Downtown Business Associates (DBA) of Peekskill, and sponsored by the Peekskill Business Improvement District (BID). The Festival is part of the weekly Downtown Peekskill Summer Music Series which features live music and outdoor dining on North Division Street every Saturday & Sunday evening throughout the summer.
For a schedule of events and more info on the 10th Annual Peekskill Jazz & Blues Festival, visit facebook.com/PeekskillJazzandBlues.
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