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23rd Annual DixieFest will Feature Top Midwest Bands

For the past 22 years, during the last weekend in July, Dixieland jazz has invaded Clear Lake, Iowa. Visitors from surrounding states, across the nation, and from several international countries, have gathered to hear what has been termed “America’s only original art form”, traditional jazz music, performed by musicians from not only the Upper-Midwest, but as far away as Australia and France. The serene lakeside venue comes alive with sounds that were heard in the long-gone pavilions that lined the nearby lakeshore during the early years of the 20th century.

 

On July 25th and 26th, the 23rd Annual Lakeside DixieFest will include music from four different bands to include “Barbary Coast Dixieland Band”, from Minneapolis, “The Barehanded Wolfchokers” from Davenport,The Party Gras Classic Jazz Band”, from Des Moines, and the host band Raiders of the Lost Art from Mason City, Iowa.

Concerts will run from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Saturday evening, and from Noon until 8:00 pm on Sunday. There will be a 9:30 AM church service in the park led by “The Raiders of the Lost Art.”  Barbary Coast Dixieland Band will be leading church services at 8:30AM and 11:00AM at the Methodist Church.

The Lakeside DixieFest continues to be one of the very few traditional jazz festivals in the country that is free-to-the-public, thanks to the generosity of several area businesses and organizations, and contributions from individual patrons including Clear Lake Bank & Trust, CLTel, Thrifty White Stores, Corporate Farmer, Kingland Systems, Dean Snyder Constr. Co., Bertha Stebbens Foundation, Sukup Manufacturing, Yohn Companies, Rich Dean Memorial.

 

Come early and join us for a Triple-decker Lakefest weekend to include the 27th Annual Iowa Storytelling Festival, held on Friday evening and Saturday, and the 38th Annual Clear Lake Art Sail, all day Saturday.

Schedule of Events

All of the following  events are free-to-the-public, and will be held in Clear Lake’s City Park on the shore of scenic Clear Lake. (Methodist Church services will be at 508- 2nd Avenue North)

 In the event of inclement weather the festival concerts will be moved to the “Intersection”, located 2 blocks East of City Park. Any decision to move Sunday’s concerts to our rain location on Sunday will be made by 11:00am.

Saturday

July 25, 2015

             6:00pm         The Barehanded Wolfchokers

            7:00pm         Barbary Coast Dixieland Band

            8:00pm         Raiders of the Lost Art   

 Sunday

July 26, 2015

(Dixieland Church Services)

            8:30am         Barbary Coast Dixieland Band Methodist Church

            9:30am         Raiders of the Lost Art – City Park

            11:00am       Barbary Coast Dixieland Band – Methodist Church

 

(Festival in City Park)

            Noon             Raiders of the Lost Art

            1:00pm         The Barehanded Wolfchokers

            2:00pm         The Party Gras Classic Jazz Band

            3:00pm         Barbary Coast Dixieland Band

            4:00pm         The Barehanded Wolfchokers

            5:00pm         The Party Gras Classic Jazz Band

            6:00pm         Barbary Coast Dixieland Band

            7:00pm         Raiders of the Lost Art

 

 

The Barbary Coast Dixieland Band

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Dick Petersen – banjo/leader

Fred Richardson – reeds

Russ Peterson – reeds (etc.)

Jim ten Bensel – trombone/trumpet

Steve Pikal – bass/trombone

Tom Andrews – drums/clarinet

The 45-year old Barbary Coast Dixieland Band will be making its seventh appearance at the Lakeside DixieFest, having first performed here in 1997. This group of outstanding musicians have performed at jazz festivals, community concert series, and numerous events throughout the country, and has even performed in Japan. The doubling of instruments (6 men…18 instruments) provides as wide a range of sounds as any traditional band in the country.

The group was inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame in 2001.

We welcome them back to Clear Lake.

 

 

The Party Gras Classic Jazz Band

Des Moines, Iowa

This will be the band’s second appearance at the Lakeside DixieFest, having first appeared here in 2011. In addition to entertaining audiences throughout central Iowa, they have served as the official jazz band of the “Iowa Cubs” baseball team in Des Moines. The band includes some top Iowa musicians and educators.

 

 

The Barehanded Wolfchokers

Davenport, Iowa

David Gannett – bass/leader

David Hoffman – trumpet

Terry Smith – clarinet

John Rader- trombone

Dick Watson – piano

Dave Richter – banjo

Gino Ciccatelli – drums

When it comes time for down’n dirty Chicago-style Dixieland Jazz, the Barehanded Wolfchokers will get you howlin’ in a hurry. This 7-piece jazz band has appeared to rave reviews and standing ovations at the Mammoth Jazz Festival, Monterey Dixieland by the Sea, the Suncoast Jazz Classic, the Bix Beiderbeck Memorial Jazz Festival, and the Cedar Basin Jazz Festival just to name a few. Seven of the top bandleaders in the Midwest make up the band, and that means good-time jazz and plenty of it.

 We welcome them to Clear Lake for their first performance at the Lakeside DixieFest

 

Raiders of the Lost Art

Mason City, Iowa

Deb Hild - vocals

Bruce Jolivette - trumpet

Brandon Borseth – reeds

Mike McEniry – trombone/manager

Ken Schneider- piano/arranger

Jim Tjaden-Banjo/sax/vocals

John Sjolinder – string bass

Scott Bell - drums

 Now in their 28th year, the “Raiders” will be serving their 23rd year as the host band of the Lakeside DixieFest. This group has entertained audiences with its unique style of “swing dixie” at clubs, private parties, festivals, community concerts and church services throughout the region.

 

 

 

 

For Lakefest weekend and lodging information please contact: Clear Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau

P.O. Box 188

Clear Lake, IA 50428

(641) 357-2159 or 1-(800)285-5338

 

July 25th & 26th, 2015