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Riverfest and ASU Jazz Festival
(Published: April 19, 2007)

The skinny: Vicksburg's annual Riverfest music and arts festival celebrates its 20th year Friday and Saturday, with an all-star musical lineup that includes rocker Aaron Lewis of Staind, soul star T.K. Soul, country stars Blake Shelton and Steve Azar and lots more local and national talent on three stages.

Plus, Alcorn State University's 27th annual Jazz Festival will be held concurrently at the Vicksburg Convention Center on Saturday featuring jazz star Joe Lovano.

The festival also sponsors a stage featuring college jazz bands Saturday afternoon.

A great lineup: For its 20th year, Riverfest offers up a lineup with something for everybody, including, rock, country, blues, jazz and gospel.

"It's a good lineup," Riverfest board member Aleshia Shaw said. "In previous years, one genre of music was better than the other and vice versa, but this year they're all just as good."

Shaw said that around 4,000 people attend Riverfest each year, but she hopes this year's lineup will help surpass that number.

Afternoon fun: Another major part of Riverfest is the arts and crafts festival Saturday afternoon that includes more than 100 vendors.

Best of all, there's no admission.

After 6 p.m., admission is $20 per night to catch the headline performers.

Other free events on Saturday include entertainment on the center stage, street performers who roam the festival and music at the GospelFest and the ASU Jazz Festival stages.

ASU JAZZ FESTIVAL

Jazzing it up: Alcorn State University has brought jazz to Riverfest audiences for the last four years, according to festival director Greg Miller.

"We have one stage that we do along with (Riverfest) where the college bands perform," he said. "Then simultaneously in the convention center we also have a stage where the high school bands perform."

Each year the festival features a well-known national performer, including big names such as Max Roach, Maynard Ferguson and Kirk Whalum.

This year's featured performer is veteran saxophonist Joe Lovano, whose jazz quartet will close out the evening at the convention center.

"He's recorded with most of the greats in jazz at one time or another," Miller said.

- Carey Miller

FRIDAY

South Stage


7 p.m. - Larry Milton


7:45 p.m. - Vasti Jackson


9 p.m. - Chuck Strong


10:15 p.m. - Wilson Meadows

North Stage


6:30 p.m. - Randy Houser


8:30 p.m. - Steve Azar


10:30 p.m. - Blake Shelton

Center Stage


6:30 p.m. - Osgood & Blaque


8 p.m. - Lucille


9:30 p.m. - Total Experience


11 p.m. - High Frequency

SATURDAY

South Stage


10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. - ASU JazzFest at Riverfest


10:30 a.m. - Alcorn State University


11:15 a.m. - Valley State University Jazz Ensemble

noon - University of Southern Mississippi


12:45 p.m. - Jackson State University II


1:30 p.m. - Jackson State University Jazz Emsemble I


2:15 p.m. - University of Mississippi Mississippians


3 p.m. - Southern University


7 p.m. - The Swartz Brothers


8 p.m. - Projekt


9:15 p.m. - Ruby Wilson


10:30 p.m. - T.K. Soul

North Stage


10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Gospel Fest


6:30 p.m. - Deadly 7th


8:30 p.m. - One Less Reason


10 p.m. - Aaron Lewis of Staind

Center Stage


6:30 p.m. - Center Tree


8 p.m. - Limebasters


9:30 p.m. - The Out-Siders


10:30 p.m. - Riverwind Band

ASU Jazz Festival at Vicksburg Convention Center


10:30 a.m. -Vicksburg High School Jazz Ensemble


11:15 p.m. - Moss Point High School Jazz Ensemble


noon - Grenada High School Jazz Ensemble II


12:45 p.m. - Nshoba Central High School Jazz Ensemble


1:30 p.m. - Grenada High School Jazz Ensemble I


2:15 p.m. - Whitehaven High School


3 p.m. - Alcorn State University Jazz Combo


4 p.m. - Joe Lovano workshop


5 p.m. - Student Award Ceremony and Reception

Submitted By: jazzears


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