Elkhart Jazz Festival Archives

Civic Plaza met the moment. Is its time fading?

When Civic Plaza was built, downtown finally had its meeting spot. But the story may be ending for the looming clock tower and often-dry fountain.

Downtown music: What you need to know about Jazz Fest

Downtown music all weekend long – Elkhart Jazz Fest turns 35 this year. And Elkhart Public Library will be a prime destination for music lovers. Here’s what you need to […]

Jazz Fest Preparty: Lalo Cura

Simply put, Lalo Cura rocks. This Goshen-based band officially describes themselves as Latin-Soul Fusion, and they will bring powerful rhythms to get you moving. These Jazz Fest parties are free […]

Jazz Fest Preparty: Dylan Tolbert

Dylan Tolbert is a talented multi-instrumentalist. It’s clear from first album, Tolbert Drive, the inspirations come from a love and appreciation of Stevie Wonder, U2, Marvin Gaye and Prince. These […]

Jazz Fest Afterparty: Empire Strikes Brass

Finish off your Saturday night downtown with thumping rhythm and lush horns. Empire Strikes Brass is based in Asheville, N.C., crafting their sound in the legendary Echo Mountain Recording Studio. […]

Jazz Fest Afterparty: Bumpus

The funk is back. Chicago-based Bumpus has stayed true to its roots and is still “Fresh” – the band gets its inspiration from the sounds of that classic Sly and […]

Lalo Cura saxophonist returns to his roots for Friday concert

Growing up as the son of pastors in Elkhart, Sam Que didn’t hear a wide variety of music.  “I listened to church music,” he says with a laugh.  And while […]

Jazz fest delivered fantastic high notes at ill-fated Midway Motor Lodge

The hotel never quite delivered on its promise, but it gave life to the city's biggest event.

Curbside Concerts: LowDown Brass Band

LowDown Brass Band is the next step in jazz – hip hop meets horns and funk. We’re proud to be bringing them from Chicago to close out the spring Curbside […]