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Polyrhythms 1st Annual Jazz & Heritage Festival 2014



August 21 – 23, 2015: Polyrhythms, a non-profit grass roots organization dedicated to community and cultural arts advocacy holds its Second Annual Jazz & Heritage Festival at Rock Island’s MLK Park on Friday and Saturday and at the RME in Davenport on Sunday. Once again, the festival is, FREE and open to the public. 


Boasting a killer multi genre line up of performers, the festival is headlined by, six time Grammy Award nominee, “Nnenna Freelon”, three time Grammy Award nominee “Billy Branch and The Sons of Blues”, the nationally renowned “Jesse White Tumblers”, and the jazzy-funky groove of “Soul Storm”.


Polyrhythms/Quad Cities Jazz festival, LTD. is committed to the process of building a jazz & heritage festival in the Quad Cities modeled after the annual culturally rich New Orleans Jazz & Heritage festival.  Every community is greatly enhanced by the opportunity to share and participate in the arts.


The versatility of this multi genre format: “To promote, preserve, perpetuate and encourage the music, arts, culture and heritage of communities through festivals, programs and other cultural, educational, civic and economic activities;” The Quad Cities Jazz festival, LTD. wishes to sow the seeds of our unique culture for generations to come in conjunction with our Third Sunday Jazz Workshop & Matinee Series.  The first year, 2014, was designed to demonstrate the viability and value such a festival could bring to the area.  Our intention remains to build and grow a festival reflective of and befitting the cultural diversity that built and sustains the QCA.


Honoring the legacy and values of our grandparents, The Polyrhythms Jazz & Heritage Festival celebrates the indigenous music and culture of the peoples who built the Quad Cities with their blood, sweat and tears, so ultimately the music encompasses many styles associated with the area: blues, R&B, gospel music, Latin, folk, country, rock, rap music and everything in between. Of course there is lots of jazz, both contemporary and traditional.  



Friday & Saturday in the Park: (MLK Park – 7th Ave & 9th Street, Rock Island, IL) features a variety of vendors selling foods and crafts.  We are seeking vendors with foods made with fresh, local ingredients, and prepared by hand. As much as possible, food vendors should be individuals and small, locally owned businesses or organizations. Also featured are a variety of merchandise, crafts and information booths. 


Bring your lawn chairs, relax… listen and remember, learn of, understand or just feel the spirit of our ancestor’s hard work, sacrifice and ingrained values that have allowed us to share this festival of celebration.




Friday, August 21   - 5-10pm


The Curtis Hawkins Band,  Soul Storm



Saturday, August 22  -


Drum Circle – Terranga House, The Jesse White Tumblers, The Winter Blues All Stars (RME YOUTH), Joshua Forbes, The Kuchina Jazz Collective, Larry Westbrook Jr., Billy Branch and the Sons of Blues



Sunday in concert at the River Music Experience: Polyrhythms Jazz & Heritage Festival of celebration continues at the Redstone Room (2nd & Main, Davenport, IA).


Sunday, August 23


The Brazilionaires, The Dave Hoffman Quartet

Nnenna Freelon                  



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