For the Andy Shaw Band: The Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival is about Family, Friends, and Ohio Roots

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To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival (CBJF) in Gahanna, Ohio (June 15-17), we’re sharing some of our favorite stories through a #MyCBJFStory series.

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Andy Shaw and his brother, Chris–along with their dad, Jim–share a lifelong passion for music.  The Andy Shaw Band members are Gahanna locals and CBJF favorites, traditionally celebrating Father’s Day weekend with a Festival performance.  Look for The Andy Shaw Band to perform on the Mount Carmel Creekside Community Stage from 5:30-7 pm on Saturday, June 16.

How did you get your start as a musician?
I grew up playing trumpet, and I learned to write songs in college. In 2004, I moved back from Chicago (after attending Columbia College Chicago) to start performing music with my brother, Chris Shaw. We started as an acoustic duo, then added bass, and my dad Jim on keys.

When did you know you wanted to pursue a career in music?
Probably from the moment I started playing trumpet. I started to teach myself how to play when I was 9 or 10 years old, and by the time I started playing in the school band, I knew it was something I was more passionate about than anything else.

Who inspires you?
My dad has always been a huge inspiration for me. I’m also inspired by bands like Dispatch and State Radio, who have made grassroots philanthropy a large part of their musical career.

Do you have a favorite song that you perform?
This always changes, but right now, I love performing my song, Ohio. I feel that it expresses a big part of where I am in my life right now. It speaks to where I’m from, where I want to be, and the strains of growth on a personal and professional level. For me, it’s very cathartic.

Describe one of your best experiences/memories relating to your fans?
Well there are quite a few over the years that stand out. On our recent South East tour, we were in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and there was a couple from Columbus, OH. They knew of the band and we had a mutual friend back in Columbus. It was also her birthday, so I sang her Happy Birthday through a video they shot of us. This kind of thing happens all the time, and it makes you realize what a small world it is.

We’re looking forward to your performance at the 20th anniversary celebration of the Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival!  What can fans expect from your performance? You can expect music that will make you move, feel, and hopefully uplifts you. Our music is all about connecting through the expression of love, social consciousness and a sense of community.

How many times have you performed at CBJF in the past?
We’ve performed for many years. Maybe 8 or 9 times?

What do you like most about the Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival?
I love the Creekside Fest because my brother Chris (on the drums), my dad Jim (on the keys), and I are all from Gahanna. So this is always a really special festival for us.

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Got a #CBJF story? Email it to info@creeksidebluesandjazz.com  and you just might snag some complimentary event wristbands. Take advantage of early bird ticket discounts and buy your tickets online here!

#MyCBJFStory: Sean Carney

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To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival in Gahanna, Ohio (June 15-17), we’re sharing some of our favorite stories through a #MyCBJFStory series.

He’s an International Blues Challenge winner, world-renowned blues man, a devoted mentor and teacher. He’s been performing at #CBJF every year for the event’s 20 year history. And he’s one of our all-time favorites. Check out Seán Carney‘s #CBJF story … then mark your calendars to see him perform live on the Blues Stage (presented by The Union Bank Company) at 9:15 pm Saturday, June 16. #2018CBJF

Got a #CBJF story? Email it to info@creeksidebluesandjazz.com  and you just might snag some complimentary event wristbands.  Take advantage of early bird ticket discounts and buy your tickets online here!

#MyCBJFStory: Dave Teal

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To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival in Gahanna, Ohio (June 15-17), we’re sharing some of our favorite stories through a #MyCBJFStory series.

If you’re a longtime #CBJF fan, you also may be a fan of the delicious food sold by Giant Concessions (a popular food vendor at the Festival). Dave Teal and his wife Becky Schwinn own and operate both the Brats/Italian Sausage booth and the Funnel Cake booth at the event every year. In addition, Dave is a longtime member of the CBJF Planning Committee. The dynamic husband-wife duo lead a busy schedule working numerous festivals throughout the year, making them experts at their trade.  We chatted with Dave to learn more about what sets the Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival apart for them.

How did you first become involved with CBJF?
We’ve been vendors at CBJF for about 18 or 19 years, but we’ve been in the food business for 33 years now. When I first heard that there was a blues and jazz fest, I contacted the founders, who were Fred and Gail Wood, at that time.  They graciously allowed us to set up our food stand and we’ve been back ever since!

What do you serve at your stand?
We serve brats and Italian sausage, and this year, we’re adding french fries to our menu. We also serve fresh brewed giant iced tea. We have a funnel cake stand at the festival, too.

What do you like the most about CBJF?
We work several different festivals, but I feel like the CBJF has the best crowd. The crowd is so mellow, and you can tell that folks are there to enjoy good music and have a good time. All the volunteers are wonderful, too. I’ve been a big fan of this festival since it started under Fred and Gail’s direction. They were wonderful people and started a fantastic tradition. Laurie Jadwin and her team have done a terrific job picking it up and keeping the people involved to make the festival work well. A big part of that success is their great sponsors. The City of Gahanna has been wonderful to work with, too.

What’s your favorite memory of the Festival?
We met our dear friend, Edward Jackson, at the festival many years ago. He was truly an angel who had the kindest spirit. We lost Edward a year and half ago but his spirit and memory is with us always, especially at the festival.

What made you want to serve on the Festival Committee?
I wanted to help make this a good festival. I really like everyone involved with this festival, which is why I continue to be involved year after year.

Why do you like serving on the Festival Committee?
There’s good, strong leadership and everyone does a great job at pitching in. I think it takes people staying together to really make things happen. It’s a really fun group that I like working with.

How do you think the Festival evolved over the years?
Every year, the festival keeps getting better. With every festival comes a lot of the trials and tribulations, so there’s always something to improve on year after year. The entertainment has always been really good, but somehow it keeps getting better every year. The music is truly wonderful.
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Got a #CBJF story? Email it to info@creeksidebluesandjazz.com  and you just might snag some complimentary event wristbands.  Take advantage of early bird ticket discounts and buy your tickets online here!

#MyCBJFStory:  Scott McComb / President & CEO of Heartland Bank  

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To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival in Gahanna, Ohio (June 15-17), we’re sharing some of our favorite stories through a #MyCBJFStory series of posts.

Scott McComb is President & CEO of Heartland Bank—and a big fan of the Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival. Scott’s father, Tiney McComb, was an instrumental supporter of the event from the very beginning. The event became a family affair for the McCombs when Scott joined his father in volunteering—along with his family AND the Heartland Bank team. As a result, Heartland has been one of the key #CBJF Sponsors for 20 years.  Scott and his Heartland Bank team were recently honored with the Governor’s Award for their support of the arts. Scott shares his personal journey in this video showcasing his #CBJFStory.

#MyCBJFStory – Becky Whittington

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To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival in Gahanna, Ohio (June 15-17), we’re sharing some of our favorite stories through a #MyCBJFStory series.

Becky Whittington, Events Administrator with the Gahanna Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) has lived and worked in Gahanna for many years. Becky has volunteered for countless events, including the Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival (CBJF).

Where did your #MyCBJFStory start?
I’ve been to at least 16 Creekside Blues & Jazz Festivals over the years. I’ve had the pleasure of helping with vendor move-in, working an expo and volunteering at a gate. Now I’m one of the lucky ones on the Visit Gahanna staff–and part of the team that presents the CBJF.

What is your favorite #CBJF memory?
In 2015, I was working an entry gate. In all the hustle and bustle of checking for wristbands, I didn’t always look up and see who was in front of me. I’ve been a longtime fan (since the 70’s) of John Schwab and McGuffey Lane, and I was stunned when a man came up to me and told me he was a musician but had left his wristband behind. That man happened to be John Schwab.  The world around me stopped as I shouted out, “You’re John Schwab?!!” Of course, I got him a wristband and let him in. Based on my reaction to him, I’m pretty sure he knew that I was a fan! In all the excitement, I failed to get a picture with him, but he came back through our gate after his performance and I was able to get a photo.

Got a #CBJF story? Email it to info@creeksidebluesandjazz.com and you just might snag some complimentary event wristbands.  Take advantage of early bird ticket discounts and buy your tickets online here!

Introducing the New #MyCBJFStory Series

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Visit Gahanna’s annual Creekside Blues & Jazz Fest is returning for its 20th anniversary from June 15-17. Traditionally held on the third weekend in June in the beautiful Creekside Gahanna (117 Mill St.), the event draws music lovers and devoted fans from across the region. What started with one small stage featuring some local performers (including a young lady singing “Annie” showtunes), the Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival is now recognized as the source for “Ohio’s BEST Blues and Jazz.”  The 2018 event will feature 90+ hours of live music on 5 stages, Craft Beer and Cocktail Tastings, dozens of food and retail vendors, the Giant Eagle Family Fun Zone, Amusement rides and much more.

In celebration of the 20th anniversary, we’re introducing #MyCBJFStory, featuring some of the great stories and memories of fans, founders, volunteers, operations team, musicians, and vendors –to give you an idea of what makes this event so unique and unforgettable.  Got a #CBJF story? Email it to info@creeksidebluesandjazz.com and you just might snag some complimentary wristbands!  Take advantage of early bird ticket discounts and buy your tickets online here!

Our first #MyCBJFStory features Bob Thomas — long-time member of the CBJF Planning Committee, Blues Stage manager and member of the Columbus Blues Alliance. If you know blues in Central Ohio, you likely know Bob. (And Charlie).

Dave Powers: Up Close and Personal at the 2017 Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival

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The Gahanna OH Convention & Visitors Bureau is prepping for the city’s BIGGEST signature event of the year this weekend (June 16-18, 2017).  Richie Cole and the Dave Powers Trio will take the Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival Jazz Stage (presented by Heartland Bank) from 4:30-6 pm on Sunday to close out the 2017 event with an outstanding performance. We caught up with Dave Powers for a little Q & A about how he became one of Central Ohio’s most acclaimed Jazz musicians.  

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When did you discover your passion for music?
I discovered my passion for music as soon as I heard my first note. I’ve had the same passion for music all of my life.

What influenced you in the beginning?
The record player was by biggest influence, and I would listen to whatever I could get my hands on. By playing records and listening to all forms and styles of music, my own playing style is shaped by whatever I’m listening to. If I wasn’t playing music and entertaining and performing, I’d be just as happy playing and listening to records.

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Who inspires you now?
I’m inspired by anybody with a musically open mind. There are so many “genres” and labeled styles that pigeon-hole different classifications of music. My personal philosophy is that of Duke Ellington who said, “There are two types of music – good and the other kind.” My approach to playing and making music should transcend musical genres and styles. In other words, I’m just as happy playing polka as I am playing jazz, rock, soul or pop.
How would you describe your music?
I would describe my music as interactive, inclusive, creative, vintage, positive and emotional. Again, “transcending” styles, just like our country being a melting pot of different cultures with many different influences.

What’s your greatest achievement to date?
My greatest achievement to date is winning two EMMY® Awards – the first one for work that I did on the PBS TV Series “The Piano Guy,” and the second one for music for a documentary film about television pioneer Ruth Lyons. There are many other great achievements too, like producing album projects and traveling around the country doing corporate events and conventions. I really enjoy those too!

Do you have a favorite number that you like to perform?
I have many favorite songs that I like – it’s hard to pick one favorite number. It depends on what’s playing in my head that day, or what mood I’m in.

 If you had to pick a personal theme song, what would it be?
I don’t know if I would have a personal theme song, but my phrase that describes me is “Listen To This,” because that’s what I always say when I want to play a piece of music for somebody. It’s my often used catch-phrase. I have a CD release titled “Listen To This,” and my record label is LTT Records – the LTT stands for “Listen To This.”

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What can Creekside Blues & Jazz Fans expect from your performance this weekend on the Jazz Stage?
It’s always a fun time playing at the Creekside Blues and Jazz Fest, and I’m sure that the people that come to see us will enjoy the energy and creativity that we will bring to our performance. This year’s performance will be especially exciting because the legendary alto saxophonist Richie Cole will be performing with us. I brought Richie to Columbus in February as a featured guest for one of my “House Jazz Concert Series” events at the Clintonville Woman’s Club, and I’m glad Richie was available to play Creekside with us.

Tell us about the artists who will be performing with you?
Our guest artist, alto saxophonist Richie Cole (originally from Trenton, New Jersey) currently lives in Pittsburgh after living on the west coast for many years. Richie has developed a trademark style of playing called “alto madness” and his background consists of having played with Buddy Rich, Lionel Hampton, Doc Severinsen and has recorded albums with Eddie Jefferson, Mark Murphy, Nancy Wilson, Tom Waits, The Manhattan Transfer and Boots Randolph to name just a few.  Dayton, OH bassist Chris Berg and drummer Louis Tsamous will round out the group along with yours truly on the piano.

Where can fans find you online – to learn more about your background and music?
My recordings are available on iTunes, amazon and CDBaby.com (keyword: Dave Powers), and my performance schedule, bio, pics and videos (also recordings) can be found on my website – davepowers.com

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For a full schedule of 2017 Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival bands and artists (and their bios), visit CreeksideBluesandJazz.com.  The Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival celebrates it’s 19th anniversary in the Creekside District of Gahanna, Ohio (117 Mill St.), June 16-18, 2017.  It is presented annually by Visit Gahanna (the Gahanna Ohio Convention & Visitors Bureau).