Evergreen Jazz Festival
Note that the 2020 Evergreen Jazz Festival was rescheduled for 2021 due to COVID-19.
We are thrilled to be invited back to this wonderful mountain fest! We are one of the all-time most popular bands at this annual event.
- Roger Campbell – Clarinet
- Rick Weingarten – Vibraphone/Vocals
- Mike McCullough – Guitar/Vocals
- Bill Stephens – Piano
- Dwight Thompson – Bass
- Jim Moore – Drums
The 18th annual Evergreen Jazz Festival was another huge success, with 11 world-class bands delivering over 80 hours of outstanding traditional jazz in five intimate venues. The 2021 Festival is scheduled for July 23-25, and plans are well underway.
Each of the Festival venues offers a unique listening environment, and most Festival-goers make a point of experiencing all of them. Others prefer to remain in their favorite spot and let the bands come to them.
All five venues are quite small and intimate, creating a rapport between musicians and audience that both say makes the Evergreen Festival a very special experience. Free shuttle service runs every 30 minutes connecting the venues, and food and beverages are available at all venues.
- Evergreen Elks Lodge
- Evergreen Lake House
- Evergreen Christian Church
- Rocky Mountain High Restaurant and Bar
The Jazz Age saw the creation of many new, energetic dances, and today it’s still a challenge to keep your feet from moving while listening to this great music. Fortunately, there’s no need to sit still! Dancing is encouraged during every set. The prime location is the Elks Ballroom, but feel free to use any open space!
Not too sure about your Jitterbug or Foxtrot? Each day the Festival begins with a free dance lesson in the Elks Ballroom. Need a partner? Wearing a string of red beads (you’ll find them at the front desk) is the signal that you’re available to dance.
You’ll also want to catch the dance demonstrations that take place between sets. Professional ensembles take you back to the Roaring Twenties with their authentic renditions of the Lindy Hop, Charleston and more, and their costumes are positively “23 Skidoo!”
Even dedicated toe-tappers say the dancers add an extra element to the joy of the music and are just plain fun to watch. So whether you’re out on the floor or enjoying the scene from the sidelines, dancing is an important part of the weekend.
Friday Is Dance Night!
The Friday evening session has been designated as Dance Night. The session will feature especially danceable bands, and they’ll be playing especially danceable tunes.
An extra hour has been added to the closing time, giving dancers five hours (6:-11:pm) to show their stuff while enjoying this great music. And there’s even a special Friday evening ticket price of just $30. Dancers, hit the floor!
Again this year, the Festival will open with a two-hour Educational Concert. In the past, concerts have been given by such notables as John Royen, Louis Ford, James Dapogny, Hank Troy & Wende Harston, Jeff Barnhart and many others. This year’s is currently being developed. Details will announced as they become available. The concert is free and open to the public and takes place at noon Friday, July 26 in the Elks Lodge Ballroom.
Sunday Gospel Service
One of the annual Festival highlights is the Sunday Gospel Service featuring the Queen City Jazz Band and vocal great Wende Harston. The service starts at 9:15 Sunday, July 28 and is open to the public. Plan to arrive early as it is usually SRO.
Each Festival day begins with a one-hour dance lesson in the Elks Ballroom. Lessons are taught by professional instructors and are open to all ticket holders.