Monday, September 17, 2012

Lindy Hop St. Louis launches Kickstarter campaign to fund Cherokee St. Jazz Crawl

Lindy Hop St. Louis has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund some additional public programming for this year's Nevermore Jazz Ball & St. Louis Swing Dance Festival

Scheduled for Thursday, November 1 through Sunday, November 4, the Nevermore Jazz Ball will include music and swing dancing events held over four days at several different local venues. The Kickstarter campaign is raising money specifically to pay musicians for the Cherokee Street Jazz Crawl, a new addition to this year's Ball that will feature "at least five jazz and swing bands in various venues up and down Cherokee Street" during the lunch/brunch hour on Saturday, November 3.

The Jazz Crawl "will be a free and open-to-the-public event, and that is why we have needed to fund this aspect in other ways," said Christian Frommelt, president of Lindy Hop St. Louis, in an email to StLJN. Though the specific line-up of bands and venues for the Jazz Crawl is officially TBA, at least two local bands that we've seen - Sarah Jane and the Blue Notes and Wack-A-Doo - have posted information online suggesting that they'll be participating. Frommelt also said he's spoken to the St. Louis Jazz Club about having them sponsor a traditional jazz band, though there's been no agreement reached as of this writing.

The campaign's goal is to raise $1,800 by Saturday, October 6. Rewards for pledging include free CDs from St. Louis swing bands; various items of Lindy Hop St. Louis merchandise; and passes for free swing dance classes and for the entire Nevermore Jazz Ball series of events. For more information or to make a pledge, see the event's Kickstarter page.

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