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


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.  


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.


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.”


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


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). 

Last Minutes Tips for Attending Gahanna’s Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival



We’re just hours away from Gahanna, Ohio’s largest event: the Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival (#2015CBJF). With 5 stages, 55 bands, a Family Fun Zone, Amusement rides, 60+ food/retail vendors and ALL the good stuff that an event this size brings. Here are some quick-and-dirty FAST FACTS to help you get the most out of the event. For more info, visit: www.CreeksideBluesandJazz.com

• Event: 17th Annual Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival
• Event happens on RAIN OR SHINE!
• Dates: Fri-Sun, June 19-21
• Times: Friday, 5-11 pm
Saturday 11 am-11 pm
Sunday (Father’s Day) 12-6pm
• Location: Creekside Plaza & Olde Gahanna
• Admission: $5 per person (with the exception of 5-11 pm Saturday when admission is $8/pp)
• Weekend passes: $13 (available online ONLY )
• Children under 12 and military personnel (and their immediate families) are free
• FREE admission on Sunday, 11:30 am-12:30 pm with donation of non-perishable food donations for Mid-Ohio Food Bank

CBJF Creekside

• Parking: FREE Park and Ride. Complimentary parking & shuttle service is available in 4 Gahanna locations:
o Giant Eagle (1250 N. Hamilton Road)
o Gahanna Lincoln High School (140 S. Hamilton Road)
o 101 S. Stygler Road (corner of Rte. 62 and Stygler Road)
o Gahanna Lincoln High School Clark Hall, 300 Granville Street.
o Handicap-accessible shuttles will be (in the Clark Hall parking lot, 380 Granville Street.)

• Stages include the Electric Blues Stage (presented by Benchmark Bank and Scioto Downs); The Jazz Stage (presented by Heartland Bank); The Creekside Community Stage (presented by Mount Carmel Health); Acoustic Alley (presented by Lew Griffin Insurance and Grange Insurance); and the Musical Discovery Zone Stage (part of the Giant Eagle Family Fun Zone.) The full line-up AND a downloadable schedule can be found on the Festival website.

• Be a VIP. Avoid the lines and standing-room-only crowds. Take advantage of a VIP package to make the most of your #2015CBJF experience. Options include reserved seating in Club Blues (adjacent to the Electric Blues Stage), reserved seating in the NEW All That Jazz Club (adjacent to the Jazz Stage), or a pass to the Festival’s NEW Hospitality Center. All packages can be reserved online at www.CreeksideBluesandJazz.com or by calling 614/418-9114. And all packages include VIP parking, VIP shuttle and admission.


• SUPERFANS: Several lucky fans will snag free weekend wristbands and T-shirts just by using the #2015CBJF hashtag on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Random #2015CBJF SuperFans will be identified daily through the Festival weekend.

• NEW TASTINGS: Stop by the Festival’s “Tasting experiences” on Creekside Plaza to sample a new cocktail or savor your favorite beverage!
• On Friday, June 19, meet the owners of Watershed Distillery. Sample 4 new cocktails created especially for #2015CBJF. Seatings are every 45 minutes, starting at 6 p.m. 4 Samples – $15/person
• Certified Spirits Specialist “Whiskey Pete” returns to the Festival on Saturday, June 20. Sample a flight of 3 whiskeys or bourbons for $12, or a flight of 5 /$15. Tastings begin at 2 p.m. and are scheduled every half hour.
• Explore the world of local craft beers on Saturday, June 20, while sampling offerings with expert brewers from the Columbus Brewing Co., Four String, New Belgium, and Sweetwater. Hour-long tastings begin at 2 p.m. 6 samples/$12.
• On Sunday, June 21, treat Dad to a “Drink Local” tasting, with samplings of wines from Gahanna’s own Wyandotte Winery. Seatings begin at 12:30 p.m. and run every 45 minutes.


• NEW Little Kids Zone. Even the smallest festival fans can “get a jump” on the fun with inflatables and more! NEW LOCATION: Parking lot behind Tenza Eye Associates (78 Mill St. Gahanna). (NOTE: this activity may be cancelled in case of inclement weather. Visit the Creekside Blues Facebook page for updates or call 614.418-9114). Tenative hours of operation: Saturday: 12 p.m. to dark Sunday: 12-6 pm Admission: “Jump ‘Til You Drop” Wristbands: $8/each, or 2/$15, 3/$20

To Learn more, visit: www.CreeksideBluesandJazz.com