If money’s tight and you’re in the mood for live music this weekend, make your way to the city’s jazz district for the 18th & Vine Jazz Festival. The festival is a partnership between MCC-Penn Valley and the American Jazz Museum. The free event will be held Friday and Saturday and is open to the public.
The festival will feature 45 middle, high school and college bands that will perform daily from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Blue Room and Gem Theater.
Make sure to check out the Penn Valley jazz band performance on Friday at 5:30 p.m. at the Gem Theater.
“Jazz festival dedicated to educating students about jazz,” says Clarence Smith, Penn Valley music instructor and festival organizer. “It’s not a competition. Bands will perform & their performances will be critiqued and rated.”
Each band will also receive a 30-minute clinic from one of the judges which include:
Matt Otto, Kansas City, MO
Bobby Broom, Chicago, IL
Danny Watring, Grandview, MO
Gary Anders, Missouri Valley College
Stan Kessler, Kansas City, MO
Jarrard Harris, Chicago, IL
The festival will conclude Saturday evening with a concert by Terrance Blanchard. For tickets, click here