The lineup of entertainment has been announced for the Westsylvania Jazz and Blues Festival, to be held May 24 in downtown Indiana.
The free, outdoor one-day festival will present a full afternoon and evening of jazz and blues performances in the new IRMC Park at Seventh and Philadelphia streets.
For the first Westsylvania Jazz and Blues Festival, its website reports, Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival has brought together the Poogie Bell Band with special guest Sean Jones.
Jones is a contemporary jazz trumpeter who has won multiple awards, has played lead trumpet in Wynton Marsalis’ Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and has recorded six albums, among many other accomplishments.
Poogie Bell’s drums are often heard on many jazz, neo-soul, R&B and hip-hop records. He’s recorded with Chaka Khan, Hugh Masekela, Roberta Flack, David Bowie and Stanley Turrentine, to name a few.
Louisiana-based guitarist, songwriter and singer Sonny Landreth will perform at the festival, with his “vibrant” mixture of indigenous sounds.
Eric Clapton reportedly called Landreth “the most underestimated musician on Earth and probably one of the most advanced.”
Also on the bill are:
• Pittsburgh-based The ChopShop — funk and fusion that’s raw, experimental and down and dirty
• Indiana-based Dad Band, who have been playing throughout Indiana County for 10 years and are the driving force behind the jazz and blues festival.
• The Electromotives, a Pittsburgh-based quintet, a mixture of jazz and soul
• The Jukehouse Bombers, an Indiana-based band that will pay tribute to local blues legend Jeff Kelly.
• The Old Masters, with special guest Laura Ferguson, of Otsego County, N.Y.
• The Westsylvania Jazz All-Stars, a big band featuring the best high school musicians in the region, chosen by their band directors.