The Bix Jazz Society is excited to announce they are hosting a VIRTUAL JAZZ FEST on Friday Jul 31 and Saturday Aug 1. This virtual concert is free to anyone who wishes to experience 1920’s-30’s Jazz. Covid-19 may be separating us, through Bix, Jazz and Technology we will unite!

The 49th annual Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival will feature six fantastic bands from Denver to Chicago. Each band will premiere new sets of traditional 1920’s & 30’s era Jazz music on Friday, July 31 from 6pm – 9pm and Saturday, August 1 from 6pm – 9pm. These concerts may be viewed on a smartphone, tablet, computer or television screen. More information will soon be available at https://www.bixsociety.org/and Facebook @Bix Society.

Bands scheduled to perform at the Virtual 49th Bix Jazz Fest are: Joe Smith and the Spicy Pickles (Denver); Chicago Cellar Boys, led by Andy Schumm; Vine Street Rumble (Kansas City); NOLA (Des Moines); and from the Quad Cities, Josh Duffee Quartet, and the Bix Youth Band, comprised of QCA teens.

Typically, this event is the organization’s annual fundraising event. This year is anything but typical.  Funds earned are used to sponsor a Bix Youth Jazz Band and Director, provide music scholarships, promote traditional Jazz era music, and history of Jazz great, Bix Beiderbecke, a Davenport native.

The Bix Society will be accepting donations to help offset the costs of providing this virtual Jazz Fest, music scholarships and programs. Donations are not required to participate. The Bix Jazz Society appreciates the support of its donors and sponsors who have made this opportunity possible.

 


For more fun things to do in the Quad Cities this week, check out the latest issue of FUN10QC.

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Tess Abney was born and raised in the Quad Cities. Her passion for writing and entertainment was apparent at a very young age. Whether it is sharing local events and businesses with readers or sharing her thoughts on life, she finds comfort in the way words can bring people together.