The space behind the American Jazz Museum, supplemented by The Blue Room and the museum’s atrium, proved ideal stages. The indoor areas were packed with people throughout the day, and the outdoor grounds were packed by night.
Vendors were pleased, some selling out of food before the last act. Sponsors should be happy with their exposure in and association with such a professionally-organized and successful event. Hopefully, all are anxious to return in 2012.
The 2011 Rhythm and Ribs Jazz and Blues Festival made October 8th a wonderful day and night of music. How wonderful? Take a look for yourself with the photos below. As usual, clicking on one should open a larger version of it.
The festival grounds: Those open spaces filled by night
Jazz headliner Christian McBride
Blues headliner Bobby "Blue" Bland
In the museum atrium, Sons of Brazil performs
Jaleel Shaw, saxophonist with Christina McBride's group, Inside Straight
The Wild Women of KC packed The Blue Room
Christian McBride, Jaleel Shaw, and vibraphonist Warren Wolf
Inside Straight drummer Carl Allen
Lori Tucker, of the Wild Women of KC, sings while a guest saxophonist watches
Bobby Watson joined Inside Straight for their final number. Left to right: Christian McBride, Bobby Watson, Jaleel Shaw
The museum's Atrium Stage at night
Bobby "Blue" Bland and guitarist