The Bix Beiderbecke Jazz Festival celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Here is what you need to know about concerts. | Local News
The Bix Beiderbecke Jazz Society will host the 50th annual Bix Beiderbecke Jazz Festival this week, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, to honor the memory of Davenport native and jazz legend Leon “Bix” Beiderbecke.
The event opens Thursday at the Putnam Museum where the NOLA Jazz Band will perform from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. From there, eight professional groups and the Bix Youth Jazz Band will play at the Rhythm City Casino starting Thursday evening and all day Friday and Saturday.
“It’s amazing, 50 years old,” said Steve Trainor, president of the Bix Beiderbecke Jazz Society.
“I remember the second, third and fourth festivals,” Trainor said. “There was so much rain in those years that the organizers had to take out a second mortgage on their homes to pay off the groups. “
This year’s festival features the most items ever offered in the silent auction, he said.
Also new this year is a video and DVD or USB stick that people can order during the month of August. The cost is $ 25.
The third new thing this year is that the event will be streamed so people can watch one of five five-hour concerts for $ 22 each.
“We want people to come in person,” Trainor said. “In person, it’s so different and so much better. But if people don’t have the money after this year of COVID, or the mobility, they can watch it online. Just go to bixsociety.org and it will walk you through all of the prompts.