The Tacoma Jazz & Blues Festival will return to Freighthouse Square and the Harmon Brewery on Saturday. Plus, festival organizer Rich Wetzel has added a new venue for 2010.
“We have kind of a combined after party over at the Stonegate,” Wetzel said, referring to the South Tacoma Way venue that hosts Sunday Jazz and the Rockin’ Blues Jam on Tuesdays.
“So downstairs will be a kids jam,” he said of Stonegate, “and then upstairs there will be the Kevin England Jazz Collective and just a bunch of musicians from the festival having a jam session.”
The rest of the festival is a who’s who of regional jazz and blues, with the likes of Little Bill & the Bluenotes, Nick Vigarino, and Maia Santell and House Blend performing. All events are free except where indicated.
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Festival pre-party with Hook Me Up at 8 p.m. today at Stonegate Pizza, 5421 South Tacoma Way.
Big band stage at Freighthouse Square, 430 E. 25th St., Tacoma
• Johnny Lewis Big Band (1 p.m.)
• Roadside Attraction (2:30 p.m.)
• Mukilteo’s Outrageous Jazz Orchestra (4 p.m.)
• Rich Wetzel’s Groovin’ Higher Jazz Orchestra (5:30 p.m.)
Blues stage at the Harmon Pub & Brewery, 1938 Pacific Ave. S.
• The Crossroads Band (12:30 p.m.)
• Little Bill & the Bluenotes (2 p.m.)
• Maia Santell and House Blend (3:30 p.m.)
• Nick Vigarino (5 p.m.)
After party at Stonegate Pizza, 5421 South Tacoma Way
• Kevin England Jazz Collective and jam session (8:30 p.m., upstairs, $5 cover)
• Youth Blues Jam (8:30 p.m., downstairs, free)
Ernest Jasmin: 253-274-7389, firstname.lastname@example.org, blog.thenewstribune.com/tacomarockcity
Tacoma Jazz & Blues Festival
When: Starting at 1 p.m. Saturday
Where: Freighthouse Square, Harmon Brewery and Stonegate Pizza
Cost: Most events are free