simply jazz 01An exciting weekend of Jazz and Blues happens in Beckley, starting Friday. The Simply Jazz and Blues Festival returns, bringing some of the area’s finest musicians together with major national and regional acts for a showcase of terrific music in the hills of West Virginia.

This year The Simply Jazz and Blues Festival will be moving to a new location in uptown Beckley, WV at Word Park, 421 Neville St.

In addition to the great music, The Simply Jazz and Blues Festival will feature an Education Center geared toward young people who would like to learn more about America’s “roots” music, the blues.

Zac Harmon

Zac Harmon

Headliners include Zac Harmon from Jackson, MS, The Heritage Blues Orchestra and the Bob Thompson Unit.

Other local acts include Chaz Humley and the Effects, The Dennis McClung Blues Band and Bare Bones.

The Bob Thompson Unit

The Bob Thompson Unit

This is a “rain or shine” event. Bring lawn chairs. A limited number of canopies will be allowed. Food, Craft and Information vendors will be on site. The W.Va. Music Hall of Fame Traveling Museum will also be on hand.

Dennis McClung

Dennis McClung

The Education Center will be located inside the Raleigh Playhouse & Theatre at 403 Neville St. The center will feature an instrument petting zoo, Blues In the Schools presentations and performances by Fruteland Jackson and local musician, Bob Redd. For more information, visit their website. A full schedule of performers appears below the jump.

Simply Jazz and Blues Festival 2014 Line-up

Friday, August 1st

5:15pm W.Va’s Finest Winner (TBA)

5:20pm Dennis McClung Blues Band Fairmont, WV

6:45pm Heritage Blues Quartet New York, NY

8:30pm Bob Thompson Unit Charleston, WV

Saturday, August 2nd

12:00pm W Va’s Finest Winner (TBA)

12:15pm Holy Cow Chloe, WV

1:30 pm Donnie V California

2:45pm MoJo Theory OH

4:00pm Fruteland Jackson Chicago, IL

5:15pm Chaz Humley & the Effects So. Charleston, WV

6:30pm Austin “Walkin’ Cane Cleveland Oh

7:45pm Zac Harmon Jackson, MS

Sunday, August 3rd

1:00pm Chris Sutton Huntington, WV

2:00pm (TBA)

3:00pm Gospel Reunion Beckley, WV

4:00pm Zac Harmon (Main Stage) Jackson, MS

Saturday, August 2nd – Education Center

12:30pm Fruteland Jackson, et. al

5:30pm (TBA)

Sunday, August 3rd – Education Center

1:00pm Austin “Walkin’ Cane,” et. al