New Downtown Blues Festival in Works, Organizers Also Want to Take Over "Pre-Existing" Jazz Festival
|Mike Kociela, far right, at a press conference on Thursday announcing events for downtown this summer. Kociela wants to bring a new blues festival to downtown and move a "pre-existing" jazz festival downtown.|
The festival's primary music partner would be STLBlues.net, a 10-year-old Web site by Dave Beardsley, the self-described "chief cook & bottlewasher."
There's another project afoot by Entertainment St. Louis as well: The group plans to take on (but not "Shanghai," they note) a pre-existing jazz festival in St. Louis, and also move it downtown. Kociela wouldn't name the jazz festival in question.
Kociela announced the plans briefly on Thursday morning during a press conference at Flamingo Bowl on Washington Avenue. The conference was also the setting for announcements for other downtown events this summer, including the 2010 RFT Music Showcase's migration to downtown from the Delmar Loop, the debut of of a downtown farmers' market on Thursdays and the announcement of dates for this fall's Taste of St. Louis.
Entertainment St. Louis is the firm that also organizes and puts on each summer's RFT Music Showcase.
Video of the official remarks by KSDK: