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Med Flory Jazz and Blues Festival scheduled

LOGANSPORT, Ind. — The Cass County Arts Alliance announces that the 2009 Med Flory Jazz and Blues Festival is scheduled for May 15 through 16. Grammy Award winner and Logansport native Med Flory will headline both evenings from 7:45 pm – 9:30 pm. Festival hours are May 15 from 6 pm to 11:30 pm and May 16 from 2 pm to 11:30 pm.

Grammy award winner and Logansport native, Med Flory.

Grammy award winner and Logansport native, Med Flory.

Logansport native Dave Lowe opens Friday evening at 6 pm followed by an inter-Cass County High School jazz band. Flory has composed a piece for the high school band which will be performed that evening. A Cass County alumni jazz band then opens for Flory, who is supported by a back up band lead by Tim Miller and includes Ned Boyd. Indianapolis favorite, eight piece band Toy Story, plays from 9:30 pm to 11:30 pm.

Saturday afternoon features a battle of the bands from 2 pm to 4 pm which is open to performers of any musical genre. After 8 and the Miller Lite Players start at 4 pm followed by The Ones, Rhudebarb and the Beggars, and Ezra.

The Juggernaut Jug Band opens for Flory on Saturday and starts playing at 6:45 pm. Members of the Juggernauts are from all over the country and play a blend of jazz, blues ragtime, swing and original music with typical band instruments plus washboards, washtubs, kazoos, jugs and various other hardware.

Saturday’s back up band for Flory features Logansport native Stan Hillis and Indianapolis pianist Steve Allee. Another Logansport native, Randy Handley, will perform at 9:30 pm with his Nashville-based band. Handley is a professional songwriter and musician whose work has been recorded by artists such as Garth Brooks, Hal Ketchum, John Mellencamp, Charlie Pride, Karen Carpenter, and John Denver. His music was included on the soundtrack for the movie Rain Man.

There are three ticket sessions. Friday evening is session one, Saturday is session two, and both evenings from 9 pm to 11:30 pm only are session three. Session one and two tickets are $13 in advance and $16 at the gate. Session three and student tickets are $5 anytime.

Major sponsors for the 2009 festival are The Anderson’s, the Cass County Visitor’s Bureau, and Security Federal Savings Bank. Sponsorships with accompanying endorsements are available and may be arranged by calling 574-727-5482.

The festival’s Web site www.floryfest.org is being updated and will be finished on March 10. On-line tickets sales are will-call. For more information contact the Cass County Arts Alliance office at 574-735-ARTS or 574-727-5482.

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One Response to “Med Flory Jazz and Blues Festival scheduled”

  1. PHIL WRIGHT says:

    Dear Med.
    I am a lifelong fan of yours and almost finished my latest book.
    ‘STROKES OF GENIUS’ -The JEWISH contribution to 20th Century Music.
    I have just read of Jack Nimitz passing. My sincere condolences to you Med. My book features all the major classical, film,jazz and popular musicians/songwriters of Jewish descent. (over 800 in all).
    of course I feature Lou Levy, awhile ago Terry Gibbs sent a list of Jewish musicians for inclusion including Jack Nimitz !
    Could I ask you Med if you believe Jack JEWISH ?
    I certainly don’t want to exclude Jack in this vital book if he was?
    I greatly look forward to your reply !
    Sincerely -Phil Wright in Brisbane,Queensland ,Australia

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