Guitarist Sheryl Bailey
and singer Lena Seikaly
will headline the second annual Mel Bay Jazz Festival
, which will take place Thursday, September 25 through Saturday, September 27 at four different venues in and around De Soto, MO.
The NYC-based Bailey is a Berklee School of Music graduate who has released eight albums as a leader, the most recent being 2013's A Meeting Of Minds
Seikaly, who earned a degree in classical vocal performance at the University of Maryland, has released three albums of her own and teaches and performs regularly in Washington DC.
The fest kicks off at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, September 25 with a performance by Sugar Moon, featuring guitarist Larry Bay (nephew of the famed guitarist, educator, entrepreneur and festival namesake Mel Bay) at Lorenzo’s Italian Kitchen
, 106 South Main in De Soto.
Bailey and Seikaly will perform starting at 6:00 p.m. Friday, September 26 at Fo-Jo Studio
, just down the street at 116 North Main. Bailey also will play a lunchtime show starting at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 27 at the Fountain City Grill
, 302 North Main.
Both headliners then will be joined by St. Louis singer Joe Mancuso
for the final Festival Showcase" starting at 5:00 p.m. Saturday, September 27 at LaChance Vineyards
, 12237 Peter Moore Lane (at Highway Y).