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Jazz fest comes to Seaside

Co-directors pass helm to Dennis Brodigan

Cannon Beach Gazette

Published on February 13, 2018 1:29PM

Dave Bennett and the Memphis Speed Kings open up the Seaside Jazz Festival.

Seaside Jazz Festival

Dave Bennett and the Memphis Speed Kings open up the Seaside Jazz Festival.

After more than 30 years running the Seaside Jazz Festival, co-directors Ruth Johnson and Judy Shook have decided it’s time to hand over those responsibilities.

North Coast broadcaster Dennis Brodigan takes over the helm.

Brodigan brings experience with the Seaside Elks Oktoberfest, Food For Kids fundraisers and has been active in the Seaside community. “It is a great event that brings hundreds of people to the downtown core area,” he said. “It is good for Seaside and good for jazz.”

The main festival starts on Friday afternoon and runs until Sunday afternoon. A Thursday opening night performance featuring Dave Bennett and the Memphis Speed Kings at the Elks Lodge is sold out.

Concerts continue Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Seaside Civic and Convention Center, Best Western and the Elks Lodge.

Each band, or performer, plays multiple sets through out the festival, moving between venues. These sets typically average at least an hour. There are five featured venues and all the venues are located in the downtown area of Seaside.

Groups include the Uptown Lowdown Jazz Band, Ivory and Gold, the All New High Street Party Band and Bob Draga and Friends, among others.

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