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At the age of eleven Richard Elliot discovered his calling in his junior high school jazz band led by baritone saxophonist John McGruder, a studio musician and Don Ellis’ band alumnus. Around this time he also heard two tenormen who would turn his world upside down, Grover Washington Jr. and Dexter Gordon. He recalls a pivotal moment at 16 going to see Dexter at Concerts By the Sea in Redondo Beach, CA.
“I watched this big man come out on stage with an enormous presence before he had even blown a note. I was mesmerized. He blew the first note and it was this huge sound that blew me away.”
In the 80s Elliot became a touring member of the soul-funk outfit Tower of Power. He released debut solo album, Trolltown, in 1986 and shortly thereafter he began a fruitful relationship with Bruce Lundvall and was signed to Blue Note Records. Elliot has released more than 20 albums as a leader, his most recent being 2016’s Summer Madness and has scored more than 20 Top 10 Smooth Jazz singles and #1 Contemporary Jazz albums including On The Town, Soul Embrace, After Dark, and Jumpin’ Off.
His 2013 collaboration with saxophonists Dave Koz Gerald Albright and Mindi Abair, Summer Horns, was Grammy-nominated. A crowd-pleasing favorite on the festival circuit, Elliot has also garnered wide praise for his all-star touring attraction West Coast Jam that includes longtime collaborators.
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Lady A is a 2017 contestant on The Voice and an African American Arts of Chicago “Outstanding Achievement Award in Music” nominee. She has held the opportunity to perform on many stages such as BB Kings in Nashville, TN, Mr. J’s Blues & Jazz in Milwaukee, WI, The Checkerboard, The Green Mill, The Red Fish and Unleaded Blues of Chicago, IL.
Most recently, Lady A has had the opportunity to participate in Paramount Music Grafton Music Fest, Lincoln Park Live! Music Series, Zion in the Park Summer Music Series, Summer Vibes on Villard – Milwaukee, to name a few. Lady A receives standing ovations wherever she performs.
Lady A is currently in the process of finishing her album, look for it very soon. Everyone who has had the opportunity to enjoy this talented and aggressive artist knows she in on her way up and there are no limits to where she can go.
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DJ Tony Lane, out of Chicago IL. is music producer and music lover. He spends his time in the studio creating his own versions of the most popular 70 & 80 R&B music in which the stepping community is accustomed to. He’s been DJing since 1982 started out with house music moving into R&B/hip-hop. He spent many years playing for the stepping community all around Chicago and now traveling to many cities such as Atlanta, Las Vegas, Dallas. Tony has had a lot of time to develop his DJing style. For him, it’s all about mood and a deep, hypnotic groove… playing those tracks that get you tapping your feet and nodding your head without you realizing it. Currently Tony has a DJ residency at the 50 Yard Line in Chicago every Monday.
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Demetria Taylor has been performing at BLUE CHICAGO since 2010. She is the seventh child of eight from the family of the late blues legend Eddie Taylor Sr. and is helping keep the legacy of her father alive.
Eddie is best known as the rhythm guitarist in the band of Jimmy Reed but he also had his own solo career and recorded some wonderful sides for the VJ label including the classic “Bad Boy”. Her mother Vera Taylor was also a blues singer. Demetria has fond memories of blues greats and friends of the family coming by the house– including Floyd Jones, Carey Bell, Sunnyland Slim, Johnny Littlejohn, Sam Lay, Willie Kent, Tail Dragger, Eddie Shaw, Johnny B. Moore and Magic Slim.
Born in Chicago, Demetria grew up surrounded by Blues music listening on records to her biggest influences including Etta James, Bessie Smith, Big Mama Thornton and most importantly, “The Queen of The Blues” Koko Taylor (no relation to the Eddie Taylor family).
Demetria started playing drums at age 14, coached by her older brothers Larry and Tim, both professional blues drummers. She played in family shows across Chicago which also featured brother Eddie Taylor Jr. on guitar. She also sang in the gospel choir at Trinity All Nations Church on Chicago’s south side.
“I put God first and everything else will work out”, says Demetria. “I feel that singing is something I was born to do. Sometimes on the stage my eyes tear up as I feel the music I’m singing. I love to listen to all types of music, but the blues caught my ear. I’ll never give up my dream.”
Demetria has toured nationally and internationally and performs in many clubs and festivals including the Chicago Blues Festival. Her first album, Bad Girl, is on Delmark Records. Demetria was nominated in 2012 Blues Music Awards for “Best New Debut Artist”.
Pasta w/ Marinara or Creamy Pesto Sauce
Tossed Salad w/ various Dressings
BBQ Pulled Pork
Smoked Chicken Sandwiches
Mac N Cheese
BBQ Baked Beans
Seasoned Chicken Fajita Strips
Vanilla Custard w/ Assorted Toppings
Because the festival will be on school property, no alcohol will be allowed.
Members of the Kenosha Professional Firefighters Local 414 and their brothers and sisters from the Greenfield Firefighters Local 1963 will showcase their Firehouse cooking skills during the Summer “Slider” Showdown.
2019 Showdown between Kenosha Local 414 vs Racine Local 321
The HarborPark Jazz, Rhythm & Blues Festival will feature a 90-minute Chicago Style “Stepping for Academic Excellence” set, featuring the legendary DJ Tony Lane. This segment will feature steppers from Milwaukee Steppers and Ballroomer’s United and Racine’s DSD Steppers and is shaping up to be one of the highlights of the event. We hope to see steppers from southeastern Wisconsin and Chicagoland areas “on the wood” as we entertain and support this worthy event!
For the past 16 years the HarborPark Jazz, Rhythm & Blues Festival has provided a wonderfully diverse mixture of music and has attracted visitors from Milwaukee, Chicagoland and beyond to the scenic Celebration Place of Kenosha. In previous years, the festival has welcomed various national and regional jazz artists including Ramsey Lewis, Nick Colionne, Len Rainey and the Midnight Players, Spyro Gyra, Nelson Rangell, Euge Groove, Eric Marienthal, and David Benoit.
“We’ve been attending HarborPark Jazz since the start of the festival. We love the family-friendly environment, along with the great lineup of local and nationally known musicians. We look forward this festival every year!”
In addition to listening to quality music throughout the day, patrons are able to purchase raffle tickets for the 50/50 raffle, play in our wine pull, and enjoy a seat in the popular “Cooking Studio,” which kicks-off the festival fun each year. The Cooking Studio provides gourmet foodies and aspiring cooks a gorgeous lakefront atmosphere to learn the tricks of the trade during an interactive cooking demonstration.
“It’s always a great time bringing friends and family to the HarborPark Jazz Festival. The Lakefront is absolutely beautiful, the ease of parking and of course – listening to the great music while tasting various types of food is the highlight!”
The HarborPark Jazz, Rhythm & Blues Festival is a fundraiser produced by the volunteer efforts of the Mary Lou & Arthur F. Mahone Fund and all proceeds support the CEO mentoring program, where our overarching goal continues to focus on academic achievement, college readiness career success, and service to others while reducing the financial barriers impacting access and affordability for our first-generation students.