LOGANSPORT, Ind. — Downtown Logansport is set to welcome the second annual Med Flory Jazz and Blues Festival this Friday and Saturday, May 15 and 16. Twelve bands from throughout Indiana will play over the two-day period. The lineup includes swing, bebop, big band, R&B, funk, blues ragtime, Chicago blues, vocal jazz and New Orleans jazz.
The festival honors the legacy of the Grammy-award winning entertainer and Logansport native Med Flory and is a celebration of his artistic contributions and of America’s original art form, jazz music.
Attendees are encouraged to celebrate the jazz age by dressing in 1920s style clothing. Modern clothes are fine, also. Food, wine and beer will be available.
The two-day festival kicks off Friday, May 15 with a New-Orleans-style parade led by grand marshal and longtime Logansport High School music teacher Joe Huffman. The parade starts at LMU Park at 5:30 p.m. and is scheduled to arrive at the festival grounds about 5:45 p.m. Med Flory was initially scheduled to participate in this year’s festival, but due to some health problems, will not be attending. We hope he’ll be back with us next year. While our thoughts and prayers are with Med, we still have a full weekend of music to look forward to — and we believe Med wouldn’t want it any other way!
Friday night’s entertainment lineup begins at 6 p.m. Lisa Terry will be the emcee on Friday night.
Performers scheduled to appear Friday night are:
- The Ones
- Tuxedo Junction Wind Band
- Tim Miller & Friends
- Toy Factory
The second session is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. on Saturday. Dave Kitchell will be the emcee at the Saturday night session.
Performers scheduled to appear Saturday include the following artists:
- Wabash Valley Sound Machine
- Rhudebarb & the Beggars
- Cherresa Lawson & Friends
- Hip Cats
- The Juggernauts
- Stan Hillis, Steve Allee, and Friends
- Randy Handley Band
- Advance tickets for the Med Flory Jazz and Blues Festival are $13 per session and $22 for the weekend.
- Day-of-show tickets are $16 per session and $28 for the weekend.
- Student tickets are $5 per session any time.
- A late night ticket will be available both nights at the gate for $5.
Tickets are available at Minglin Jewelers, Security Federal Savings Bank, Susan’s Corner Cupboard and Arnold’s Fine Jewelry and Gifts in Logansport. Tickets can be purchased online at www.floryfest.org or by calling the Cass County Arts Alliance at (574) 735-ARTS.
The Med Flory Jazz & Blues Festival is presented by the Cass County Arts Alliance, thanks to financial contributions by our corporate sponsors: Security Federal Savings Bank, The Andersons, the Cass County Community Foundation, and the Cass County Visitor’s Bureau. Associate Sponsors are The Care Group and Mid-America Radio, and our Tent Sponsors are American Party Time, Burkhart Advertising, Logansport MaraMart, and Woodbridge Health Campus.
The Cass County Arts Alliance is a member of the Tippecanoe Arts Federation.