by Amie Sites
Big band, Jazz, bebop, Chicago blues and more will be heard through Little Turtle Waterway Saturday afternoon. Six bands will be performing on the new community stage throughout the day during the Med Flory Jazz and Blues Festival.
Dave Herman, co-chair of the festival, said some changes have been made. The festival is now one day, instead of two, and will begin earlier in the day, 3 p.m. There will be an opportunity to buy adult tickets for $15 each or two for $25. There will also be festival T-shirts for sale for $12.
“We’re trying to make the festival more affordable for people,” Herman said.
The festival is named after Med Flory, a Grammy award-winning entertainer from Logansport who has had success as a jazz musician, composer and television and film screenwriter and actor.
Flory said he won’t be able to attend the festival this year. He said he is in good health but having a problem with his balance.
“I wish I could make it,” Flory said. “It’s such a groovy spot. Logansport is my town.”
Flory wanted people to know he was sorry he couldn’t make it.
“That doesn’t mean I’m never going to make it, but this year I’m not up for it,” Flory said. “I’ll be there next year, by golly.”
The six bands this year are Tuxedo Junction, Randy Handley, Wishbone Blues, Tim Miller Group, Carson Diersing and Steve Allee Quintet.
The festival is presented by the Cass County Arts Alliance and sponsored by Security Federal Savings Bank.
“If you enjoy music and outdoor concerts, it’s the perfect setting along the Wabash River,” Herman said. “There will be good food and maybe you can meet up with old friends and have a good night out in Logansport.”
Herman said tents will be set up differently this year, because of the stage. They will be set up to accommodate people and allow them to sit in blankets in the center and see the stage. There will be picnic tables for people to use but festival-goers can also bring their own items such as blankets and collapsible chairs so they are more comfortable, he said.
There will be a variety of gourmet food available including brick oven pizza, barbecue and more. People’s Winery and the Cass County Roosters will be selling local wine by the glass or bottle, along with a selection of beers. The festival is for all ages — alcohol will be roped off.
Herman said they are hoping to get 750 to 1000 people in attendance for the sixth annual festival.
“Everybody should have something going like this (festival),” Flory said. “I’m proud of Logansport.”
Amie Sites is a reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5150 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
3 p.m. — Randy Handley
4:30 p.m. — Wishbone Blues
6 p.m. — Tuxedo Junction
7:30 p.m. — Steve Allee Quintet
9 p.m. — Tim Miller Group with Ned Boyd
10:30 p.m. — Carson Diersing
If you go:
WHAT: Med Flory Jazz and Blues Festival
WHERE: Little Turtle Waterway, Logansport
WHEN: 3 p.m. to midnight Saturday
TICKETS: $15 or two for $25 for ages 21 and over, $8 for ages 7 to 20 and those 6 and under are free. They can be purchased at Minglin Jewelers, Security Federl Savings Bank or Susan’s Corner Cupboard; and can also be purchased through the festival website or at the event Saturday.
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