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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

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!

JazzFest 2014 is Almost Here!

July 11th, 2014

The annual Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues festival, JazzFest, is quickly approaching! JazzFest is a FREE, three day event held annually in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. This year’s event is July 17-19, 2014 at Yankton Trail Park.

Yankton Trail Park is located just off the intersection of Minnesota Avenue and I-229. There are many ways you can get to JazzFest. There will be parking available inside Yankton Trail Park. Like previous years, there will be a $10 fee per vehicle at the entrance on Minnesota Ave. Remember that though there is ample parking inside Yankton Trail Park, it fills up quickly in the evenings.

Festival organizers recommend people bike or walk to the festival on the bike trails. Those who bike can utilize the convenient bike valet provided by Spoke & Sport

Shuttles will be provided as another way festival attendees can get to JazzFest. The shuttles costs $3 per person round trip.

Shuttle times & locations are as follows:

Thursday: 5pm-11pm (Lincoln High only)

Friday: 5pm- 12:30am (Lincoln High only)

Saturday: 11am-12:30am (Lincoln, Roosevelt, and O’Gorman)

There are trolleys running inside the park and will quit running at dusk so plan accordingly.

JazzFest works closely with Sioux Falls Police Department to direct traffic and monitor the flow of people in and out of the park. SFPD will be directing traffic for right turns only onto 57th street when exiting the festival.

To find out more information about the festival or visitor information, click HERE


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