33rd Russian River
Jazz & Blues Festival (Formerly Jazz on the River)
Last year we went early and stayed in the RV park above the venue. We had such a great time that we will be there again and highly recommend this festival! The following pages chronicle Jazz on the River from beginning to end. Along the way are photos of the transformation of the beach to a concert venue unfolds before your eyes.
Sat. September 12 (Jazz Festival):
EAST BAY SOUL
MADS TOLLING QUARTET
Sun. September 13 (Blues Festival):
THE NEVILLE BROTHERS
TOMMY CASTRO BAND
OTIS TAYLOR BAND
DELTA WIRES and MoFo PARTY BAND
The Russian River Jazz Festival was a memorable experience. The weather was accomodating on Saturday for the jazz festival, however an early season storm dumped rain on Sunday's blues concert attendees. East Bay Soul started out the show on Saturday with a set of new material from their new CD to be released in a few weeks. R'n'R was so inspired by the crowd they threw out their set list of ballads and played to the aroused audience on the beach and in the river.
East Bay Soul
R'nR ~ Richard Elliot, Rick Braun, and Jonathan Butler
The Russian River Festivals are produced by Omega Events-Rich Sherman and Ryan Hardin. They also put on the JazzFest West, the Rodney Strong Concert Series, and the Hyatt Regency Incline Village Thanksgiving Weekend Festival. Professional and organized, their shows run smoothly.