Jazz Eureka 2015 Announces Lineup

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Next month’s event celebrates jazz music with free concerts throughout the afternoon.


The 2015 Jazz Eureka Festival will be held Sept. 10 -13 and the lineup has finally been announced.

Beto and the Fairlanes will perform a free concert from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11 in Basin Spring Park. The band hails from Austin, Texas and is dubbed a world-beat, Latin pop, jazz and salsa band. Thirty years ago, Beto and the Fairlanes opened the first Eureka Springs Jazz Festival. Jazz Eureka organizer, Ron Sumner, was at that event in 1985 at the Basin Park Hotel.

“They had everyone up and dancing with their mix of Jazz-flavored salsa, big band, and funk,” Sumner said.

On Saturday, Sept. 12, Basin Spring Park will be the host to free jazz concerts from noon until 6 p.m. with stellar acts from around the region. The first performance of the day is the Fayetteville Jazz Octet. With more than two centuries of combined jazz experience, this group has been thrilling audiences all around the four-state region of Northwest Arkansas.

At 2 p.m., trumpeter Rodney Block will take the stage in the band shell. Block is an Arkansas native and one of the state’s most in-demand artists, building a niche in the jazz and hip-hop genres. Block has shared the stage with Earth, Wind, and Fire, Kirk Whalum, Ellis Marsalis, and many others.

Following Block at 4 p.m. will be Grady Nichols with his smooth jazz saxophone. Nichols’ technical mastery of the saxophone is only surpassed by his emotional mastery of his instrument. He can evoke just the right emotion for any of his songs.

The headline show for the weekend features Joey DeFrancesco at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12. Held at the historic Eureka Springs Auditorium (36 S. Main St.), this Philadelphia organist will take the stage with his bit of humor, excellent musical taste, and an innate capacity to swing. DeFrancesco has previously worked in ensembles led by Miles Davis and guitarist John McLaughlin. Opening the show is the Joe Cartwright Quintet featuring Molly Hammer.     Tickets for the show range from $20-$50 and available for purchase at http://www.theauditorium.org.

For more information on the event, please visit http://www.jazzeureka.org. View more photos at https://www.dropbox.com/sh/datj10hl9q4abe3/AABcBdh0d1RJ7JxwdkoULGs3a?dl=0.

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