The eighth annual Deer Park Jazz and Wine Festival will be held August 3rd at Deer Park Town Center and will feature a mixture of straight ahead jazz, R&B Jazz and one of the most sought after Latin Jazz groups in the Midwest. The music kicks off at 1pm with vocalist Dan Ferris and his trio followed by local up-and-coming jazz guitarist and vocalist Francesca Castro and her quartet.
Next up is a band lead by drummer George Fludas called “Pocket Change”. Fludas, who has toured with such notables as Ray Brown, Joey DeFrancesco, Diana Krall and many others, brings his group “Pocket Change” for the first time to the Deer Park Jazz & Wine Festival to perform their blend of jazz, R&B, Funk and contemporary styles.
The second to last slot showcases the unique, hard grooving, intense sounds of the Frank Russell Band. Lead by bassist Frank Russell, the group is made of some of top players on the scene in Chicago today performing R&B, Jazz and Funk with improvisational elements and intensity that will keep the audience grooving for the entire set.
After an overwhelming response last year we decided to bring back James Sanders and Conjunto to close out the festival again this year. This high powered group incorporates Afro-Caribbean rhythms: rumba, son, danzón and other styles into their music which is why they have been featured at major Chicago music festivals for many years.
The performance schedule is as follows:
1pm - 2:15pm Dan Ferris Quartet
2:45pm - 4pm Francesca Castro and her quartet
4:30pm – 5:45pm George Fludas and Pocket Change
6:15pm - 7:30pm Frank Russell Band
8pm-9:30pm - James Sander’s Conjunto
The festival takes place in the Gazebo area, near Yankee Candle, Evereve and Paper Source. Limited seating will be available and it is advised to bring your own chairs. Outside alcoholic beverages and coolers are not permitted in the shopping center and at the event. Food served by Biaggi’s, fine wine and craft beer sales open a Noon and will be available for purchase, cash only. There is no cost to attend the Jazz & Wine Festival. Open to all ages. Plus, bring the kids free face painting and balloon artist is available 1:30pm-4:30pm.
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