I have an old radio friend who has made Cherokee, Iowa her home for the past several years. We reconnected on Facebook and she is a champion of her community in the same way I am of Sioux Falls.

So when she let's me know about cool events going on there I always take notice. This coming weekend (January 16-17) is an event all my blues-loving friends and listeners are going to want to know about: The 15th Annual Cherokee Jazz & Blues Festival Pub Crawl, headlined by three stellar acts: The Sena Ehrhardt Band, Jim Suhler & Monkey Beat, and Harper & Midwest Kind!

The event starts Friday at several locations along Main Street with music from Chad Elliott, Katy Guillen and the Girls and Daylight Again: A Tribute to Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Then on Saturday evening, the headliners take over three MORE locations around the town of 5,000.

Advance tickets for the pub crawl are just $10, or $15 at the door. They even have a 'stay and play' package that includes a nights stay at the Best Western and two tickets for $100. Call 712-225-5701 for reservations.

I know a lot of you have gotten to know the Sena Ehrhardt Band through several appearances here in Sioux Falls and around the region. She is one of the freshest, most dynamic voices in the blues today with a smoking band behind her, Sena is always one to watch. Here's Sena and guitar player Cole Allen live in our studios doing a stripped down version of their 'Chilled To The Bone' from their latest release 'Live My Life'

Jim Suhler and Monkey Beat may not be a name you know, but if you saw George Thorogood and the Destroyers at JazzFest last summer, you saw Suhler, who is the fantastic lead guitar player and has his own smokin' Texas blues band that will tear up Cherokee this weekend!

Harper & Midwest Kind are blues from 'down under'. Peter Harper's voice is incredibly rich and he is a fantastic harmonica player. But what really sets them apart is the use of the didgeridoo from his native homeland and the way the band combines so many genres ino what can only be described as 'World Blues'.

Looking for a fun night of blues? Three bands, three locations all within walking distance, and if it's more than you want to walk (or are able to walk. It's called a Pub "Crawl" for a reason!), courtesy car service is also available in Cherokee next weekend. It sure sounds like a lot of fun to me. You may just see me and the Mrs. crawling the streets of Cherokee this weekend!


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