Cherokee Street Jazz Crawl Promises Day of Lively Performances on November 6

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Cherokee Street will come alive this year with the sounds of music and lively dancers. - FLICKR/PAUL SABLEMAN
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  • Cherokee Street will come alive this year with the sounds of music and lively dancers.

Blues musicians and swing dancers will perform along Cherokee Street on November 6, delivering a spectacle of music and movement on the occasion of the ninth Cherokee Street Jazz Crawl.

The one-day-only music festival started in 2012 as a collaboration of the St. Louis Swing Dance Festival and Nevermore Jazz Ball, but it has since evolved into its own entity over the years.



According to the event's official webpage, the Jazz Crawl is intended to be a "people's music festival" and is open to all styles. It's the sort of event that fits right into the Cherokee Street vibe, where, as the webpage notes, "you're as likely to see a roller-skating banana as a neighbor walking their dog."

“Cherokee Street Jazz Crawl is a culmination of this," the description continues, "a celebration of the city’s urban music and dance scene, and simply an amazing party."



Boasting 50-plus musicians, the event will have the talents of DJs, jazz trios, brass bands, you name it. Musicians aren’t the only ones having fun, though.

Four separate dance classes are being offered. Learn swing dancing or hip-hop moves — you can even participate in the dance battle plotted for later in the day at 2720 Cherokee Performing Arts Center (2720 Cherokee Street). All styles of dancing are welcome to duke it out for the champion title. The full line-up of performers and venues is still pending.

Not only will the crawl feature musicians and all kinds of dancers, but Cherokee Street’s many venues will also take part in the event. Ranging from established music venues like Blank Space (2847 Cherokee Street) to the smaller storefronts like Retro 101/Cherry Bomb Vintage (2214 Cherokee Street), a total of ten venues are planned to participate.

A mile-long "second line" parade — an event in which spectators follow and dance behind a marching brass band — is also planned to take to the streets, with the spotlight on the Saint Boogie Brass Band.

COVID-19 precautions will be observed at the event, which means masking and social distancing. Certain venues may require proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 tests.

Guests are encouraged to stay tuned into cherokeestreet.com/jazz for updates on venue-specific requirements. Keep your eyes peeled there for the line-up of performers, as well.

Follow Jenna on Twitter at @writesjenna. Email the author at jenna@riverfronttimes.com
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