POLYRHYTHMS JAZZ & HERITAGE FESTIVAL – MLK PARK & RME
August 23 – 24, Polyrhythms, a non-profit grass roots organization dedicated to community and cultural arts advocacy, and the Jazz & Heritage Festival committee will present a Jazz & Heritage Festival in Rock Island’s Martin Luther King Park and surrounding area between 7th & 5th Avenues, from 12pm to 10pm on Saturday, and on Sunday festivities move to the Redstone Room in the RME, on the corner of 2nd & Main in Davenport, from 3pm to 8pm. This festival is free and open to the public.
Modeled after the annual culturally rich New Orleans Jazz & Heritage festival; Polyrhythms Jazz & Heritage Festival celebrates the indigenous music and culture of peoples who helped build the Quad Cities with their blood, sweat and tears, so the music encompasses many styles associated with the QCA: blues, R&B, gospel, Latin, folk, rock, rap, country music and everything in between; and of course there is lots of jazz, both contemporary and traditional.
Attending the 2011 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival we were fascinated with the versatility of this multi genre format: “To promote, preserve, perpetuate and encourage the music, arts, culture and heritage of their community through festivals, programs and other cultural, educational, civic and economic activities;” and decided this is what our Polyrhythms program does and wants to do better for our community.
Polyrhythms/ Quad Cities Jazz festival, LTD. wishes to sow the seeds of our unique cultures for generations to come in conjunction with Third Sunday Jazz Workshop & Matinee Series. The first year, 2014, is designed to demonstrate the viability and value such a festival would bring to the area. “We are not creating a one and done event. The intention is to build and grow a festival reflective of and befitting the cultural” diversity that built and sustains the QCA, said Nate Lawrence.
Saturday in the Park: (MLK Park – 7th Ave & 9th Street, Rock Island, IL) features a wide variety of vendors selling local foods and crafts. Like New Orleans, the official food policy of the Festival is "no carnival food." 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
Saturday, August 23
Drum Circle – Terranga House, ETM (Evangelism Through Music), The Rangels, Morten Wa Byaombe, Curtis Hawkins Band, First Rank, Ernie Peniston Band, Kuchina Jazz Collective
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 24
Daniel Leahy Band, Langston Hughes Tribute, Tammy McCann featuring Laurence Hobgood