Latest JazzFest News

Allen Vizzutti will be Joining JazzFest Jazz Camp 2015

February 4th, 2015

Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues announces the guest artist for JazzFest Jazz Camp. Allen Vizzutti will be joining JazzFest Jazz Camp in 2015.

“Allen was a favorite of our jazz campers four years ago, so he’s being asked to return due to his popularity.  As a musician, educator and as a down to earth person these young people can relate with, he is number one.” said Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Executive Director Robert Joyce.

Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues JazzFest Jazz Camp 2015 will be July 14-18 and will take place on Augustana College Campus. At camp, students will learn from incredible instructors and guest artist Allen Vizzutti through a variety of offerings. Camp class offerings include Jazz improvisation, Jazz Theory, History of Jazz, Combo Rehearsal, Big Band Rehearsal, Lessons, Concerts, Master Classes, evening concerts with faculty, guests, and students.

A huge highlight at camp is performing on stage at JazzFest! The top camp band will perform on the Main Stage at JazzFest with Allen Vizzutti. JazzFest is the biggest jazz and blues festival in the upper Midwest! Featuring past performances by Joe Walsh, Gary Clark Jr., Gov’t Mule, George Thorogood, Sheryl Crow, the Neville Brothers, Dr. John, Little Feat, Buddy Guy, Jonny Lang, North Mississippi Allstars, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Bettye LaVette, Tower of Power, Taj Mahal, Mavis Staples, and many, many more.

For an application to camp or to find out more information, click HERE 

JazzFest Seeks Local Musicians for 2015

January 15th, 2015

Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues is currently seeking submissions from local musicians to perform at the Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues Festival – JazzFest 2015, July 16-18 at Yankton Trail Park.

Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues has created a home for local and regional musical acts on JazzFest’s second stage that includes a wide variety of musical genres. “We always look forward to featuring local and regional musicians at JazzFest— and in many cases they are just as popular as many of the main stage acts.  Each year is different and exciting, so we are anxious to see who will be submitting materials to perform there this July. ” said Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues Executive Director Robert Joyce.

The deadline for submissions is Monday, March 2, 2015.

Interested musicians can send press kits that include audio samples to:
JazzFest 2015 – 2nd Stage Submissions
c/o Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues
301 S. Main Avenue
P.O. Box 1285
Sioux Falls,SD 57101

Or email electronic press kits to chelsea@sfjb.org

A Great JazzFest 2014!

July 21st, 2014

The Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues Festival, JazzFest had another banner weekend.  Near perfect weather drew crowds in excess of 110,000 people to the 23rd annual event in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Headliners, George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Gary Clark Jr. and Gov’t Mule all had audiences of over 25,000 people.

“Everyone enjoyed the cooler temperatures this past weekend and took full advantage of the great line up we had,” says Executive Director, Robert Joyce,  “so we were able to continue to draw thousands of people to Sioux Falls for another great year.”

The three day festival began on Thursday, July 17 with funk band Here Come the Mummies, continued on Friday with George Thorogood and the Destroyers, and ended Saturday, July 19 with both Gary Clark Jr. and Gov’t Mule.

“We are proud to say 110,000 people enjoyed the music on both stages and enjoyed both great weather and great music for JazzFest 2014.”

JazzFest is organized by the Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues Society, a non-profit arts organization.  George Thorogood and the Destroyers and Gary Clark Jr. were presented in part by a gift from Midcontinent Communications.

A big thank you goes out to JazzFest sponsors, committee members, and volunteers. Without them, JazzFest would not be possible!

Festival organizers are already looking forward to next year’s JazzFest. The dates set for 2015 are July 16-18.  We hope to see you there!

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