NEW BUFFALO, MI — The Veteran’s Day weekend this year will be hotter than ever in New Buffalo, as iRock Jazz brings some of the finest local, national and internationally known jazz musicians to town for its first-ever iRock Jazz Fest. The one-day music fest on Saturday, November 8 will provide a smorgasbord for guests, with performances staged at six venues: Bentwood Tavern, Brewster’s Italian Café, Casey’s, El Rancho Grande, New Buffalo Yacht Club, Roma Pizza and Timothy’s. Tickets are $20 for general admission to all venues. A $30 VIP ticket will admit guests to the opening ceremony, as well as performances at all the venues.
The weekend entertainment begins on Friday with a screening of the recently released documentary “Finding Fela.” The film explores the political struggles, musical brilliance and bizarre character of Nigerian singer Fela Anikulapo Kuti, known as the forefather of Afrobeat. Tickets are $20 for the opening event, which includes a VIP reception and producer Q & A. Saturday’s VIP jazz fest ticket holders can add the Friday night events for only $10. Admission to the screening alone on Saturday is $10.
iRock Jazz founder and CEO John Moultrie says the jazz fest is an ideal way to bring crowds and business to what he calls the “crown jewel of Harbor County” during the off-season. “When things die down in fall and winter, businesses still have to stay open—and it can be a struggle,” he said. “I have always wanted to create a way to interject new business into the area during those times. So I put on my urban planner hat on and created another great reason for tourists to visit the city and surrounding areas.”
New Buffalo is located at the mouth of the Galien River on Michigan’s west coast, just north of the Indiana border. It is about a 90-minute drive from Chicago, and the first stop for many visitors to Michigan entering from Indiana on eastbound Interstate 94.
The stellar lineup for the weekend includes three groups Patrick Booth Trio, Chris Greene Quartet, the Hope College Jazz Arts Collective, saxophonists Darius Hampton and Marqueal Jordan, trumpeter Chris Lawrence and vocalists Kimmie Horn, Steve Talaga and Dara Tucker. They will perform according to the following schedule:
|Hope College Jazz Arts Collective||New Buffalo Performing Art Center||7 pm|
|Kimmie Horn, vocalist||New Buffalo Performing Art Center||8 pm|
|Chris Lawrence, trumpeter||Roma Pizza||8 & 9:30 pm|
|Chris Greene Quartet||Timothy’s||8:45 & 10:45 pm|
|Steve Talaga, Trio||New Buffalo Yacht Club||9 & 11 pm|
|Dara Tucker, vocalist and composer||Brewster’s||9 & 11:15 pm|
|Patrick Booth Trio||El Rancho Grande||9 & 11 pm|
|Darius Hampton, saxophonist||Bentwood||9:30 & 11:30 pm|
|Marqueal Jordan, saxophonist & vocalist||Casey’s||9:45 & 11:45 pm|
For more details on the artists, the fest or to purchase tickets, visit irockjazzfest.com
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About iRock Jazz Festival
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