At times, it seems as though jazz is a forgotten art on the Grand Strand. But this weekend, the sultry sounds of horns and groovy rhythms will take center stage as Little River hosts its annual Shrimp & Jazz Fest on the town's downtown waterfront.
“Jazz is a very popular format that nobody is really doing around here and we wanted to pay service to that,” said Jennifer Walters, Director of the Little River Chamber of Commerce.
The event, now in it's sixth year will, is hoping to build on a loyal niche of music fans while also drawing in folks from all over the area with quality food, great activities for children and arts and crafts vendors.
“This is our sixth time doing this, and seemed like we had been bringing in alot of the same acts," she said "This year we really wanted to focus on refreshing the festival and so we're bringing in some different acts and doing things a bit differently.”
Among those bands new to the event are the Bates Holman Jazz Trio, led by percussionist and former Winthrop student, U-N-I, a local quintet made up of CCU faculty, Grenoldo Fraizer, a renown jazz pianist from Wilmington, N.C., and the festival's headliners, the famous Dirty Dozen Brass Band from New Orleans.
In addtion, the weekend's musical offerings will feature the North Myrtle Beach Youth Orchestra and a returning favorite, the Kat Daniels Band.
"Kat Daniels is our only returning performer from past years...and that's all due to overwhelming requests from attendees," said Walters.
Daniels, a New Orleans native who moved to the region after being displaced by Hurricane Katrina, will take to the trombone to lead his band both days, starting at 4 p.m. Saturday and 2:45 p.m. Sunday.
The rest of the festival's lineup is as follows:
Saturday, October 9
Sunday, October 10
But even with all that, why folks should come out to the festival over some of the other events going on this weekend? Walters says this:
"The music is what sets us apart. We have some really outstanding talent and it's going to beautiful weather. It's a great chance for folks to come see Little River, listen to some music and try great food at one of our many waterfront restaurants or great food vendors."
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Little River Shrimp & Jazz Festival
When | Saturday, 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m and Sunday, 12-5 p.m.
Where | Little River waterfront, 4495 Mineola Ave.
Cost | $4 admission, Kids 12 and under are free
For more information on the Shrimp and Jazz Fest visit http://www.littleriverchamber.org/shrimp-jazz-fest.html