Celebrating Kansas City’s rich tradition of Jazz and BBQ the 2012 Rhythm & Ribs Jazz & Blues Festival is scheduled to take place once again in the historic 18th and Vine Jazz District at the American Jazz Museum on Saturday, October 13. Headlining the 2012 festival are trumpet legend and Best Latin Jazz Album Grammy winner Arturo Sandoval
, Grammy and WC Handy award winning blues artist Joe Louis Walker
, New York saxophonist and festival artist in residence Claire Daly
and multi Grammy nominee recording artist Brian McKnight
Winner of the 2011 KC Visitors Choice Award for Best Music Festival, Rhythm & Ribs will get underway at 11:00am with a world a class roster of music presented continuously on three stages until 11:00pm. Festival goers will have a diverse program to choose from including performances by up and coming American Jazz Museum Institute drummer Tyree Johnson
and his Quartet, a monster Hammond B3 organ duo featuring Kansas City’s own Everette DeVan
and Chris Hazelton
and the legendary McFadden Brothers
, among others. Festival organizers will announce the complete festival line up in a press conference on Wednesday, September 5 at 10:00am in the Blue Room Jazz Club located in the American Jazz Museum.
Core elements of the festival will include educational programming featuring Jazz Storytelling, a Jazz Poetry Jam for spoken word artists, a Jazz Master Class led by festival artist in residence Claire Daly, Jazz Film Discussion with American Jazz Museum CEO Greg Carroll and Claire Daly as well as children’s art activities and face painting with Bonnye Brown.
There will be something for everyone to enjoy at this year’s festival. A large selection of food will be available for purchase in the Buck O’Neil Jazz Pavilion including some of Kansas City’s finest BBQ and other festival fare along with an outstanding array of merchandise presented by local artists and craftsmen. Children’s activities will be available throughout the day. Festival attendees will also be able to view the Changing Gallery Exhibit “Beyond Words” and have access to support the cultural attractions located within the American Jazz and Negro League Baseball Museums.
The Rhythm & Ribs Festival is handicap accessible and plenty of free public parking will be available. The festival is a rain or shine event and is subject to weather conditions. No refunds, no coolers, lawn chairs are welcome.
General admission tickets are $25 and senior tickets are only $15. Children 12 and under are free. VIP Packages are $75. Discount group tickets are also available. Tickets are on sale now at all Ticketmaster outlets ticketmaster.com, AmericanJazzMuseum.org and the American Jazz Museum Box Office at 816-474-6262.
Located in the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District, the American Jazz Museum showcases the sights and sounds of a uniquely American art form through interactive exhibits and films, the Changing Gallery, the Blue Room jazz club and the Gem Theater, a 500-seat performing arts center. Thousands of visitors come here annually to enjoy education and community-based programs, traveling exhibits, over 200 live musical performances and other special events. To learn more, call the Museum at 816-474-8463.