Midwest Dueling Pianos


Where: Cherokee Country Club – 800 North 11th Street

When: Friday, January 19th, 2018 | 8PM – 11PM

Band Bio: Midwest Dueling Pianos is a collection of some of the best entertainers in the industry.  They perform their unique brand of interactive entertainment all over the country for events such as weddings, college shows, civic events, corporate functions, and more.

The one-of-a-kind entertainment experience that is Midwest Dueling Pianos will have you singing, cheering, dancing, and laughing so hard you’ll be doubled over gasping for breath.  It’s an experience unlike any other that will leave you amazed and begging for more.


Burlap Wolf King



Where: Brightside; 225 West Main Street

When: Friday, January 19th, 2018 | 9 PM – Midnight

Band Bio: Burlap Wolf King is the vessel of song of South Dakota based singer/songwriter, Thomas Hentges. Hentges performs solo as well as with band, both under the Burlap Wolf King moniker.

Throughout 10 active years, BWK has seen a rotating cast of characters.   2009’s full length LP “The Middle” was followed up by 2013’s live and acoustic-leaning “BWK” EP.  Now back with a decidedly solidified six-piece lineup, Hentges and company are stronger than ever. BWK’s 2017 full-length offering, “Bitter Honey”, is highlighted by a distinct leap forward in songwriting & style, all the while showcasing this new outfit’s prowess and versatility both live and in the studio.

Over the years Burlap Wolf King has had the pleasure of opening the evening for the likes of Trampled By Turtles, Justin Townes Earle, The Hold Steady, Shooter Jennings, Robert Ellis, Centro-Matic, William Elliot Whitmore, Sam Outlaw, The White Buffalo, The Cactus Blossoms, Night Moves, “Spider” John Koerner, Deadstring Brothers, Ryley Walker, Charlie Parr,  Moondoggies, Rose Windows, Brian Wright, Jack Klatt and many more.


Matt Woods



Where: Gasthaus 214 West Main Street

When: Saturday, January 20th, 2018 | 9 PM – Midnight


Hector Anchondo



Where: The Gathering Place, 207 West Main Street

When: Saturday, January 20th, 2018

Jam Session | 1PM – 5PM;

Pub Crawl | 8PM-11PM

Band Bio: Hector Anchondo doesn’t just play the blues— he lives and breathes the blues. At 16-years-old, the budding musician picked up his first guitar and never looked back. He began an instant love affair with the instrument, especially Fenders. Born in Omaha, but raised seven miles outside of Salem, Missouri, Anchondo was able to take advantage of the tranquil farm life and learn guitar at a steady pace. He was drawn to those artists who played Fender Stratocasters like Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Eric Clapton, but also respected the country greats such as Johnny Cash and Hank Williams Sr. As he got older, his propensity for music only intensified. After playing countless shows at family gatherings and hole-in-the-wall dive bars, Anchondo made the move back to Omaha, Nebraska in 2000. His first official recording, Rookies of the Year, was with his first band, Anchondo, and featured more energetic, Latin-influenced grooves. Recorded by the infamous A.J. Mogis of Presto! Studios (and later Saddle Creek Records), the album funded any touring for the next few years. With a home base in Omaha, it made traveling much easier.




King of the Tramps



Where: VFW, 133 East Maple St.

When: Saturday, January 20th, 2018  |  9PM – Midnight

Bio:King of the Tramps is an original roots-rock group, based in Auburn, Iowa, whose sound calls upon influences from modern roots rock, rhythm and blues, rock and southern, and country rock.  Their sound has been described as “Whiskey Gospel.” The band has released four albums of original music, “Good People” in 2011, “Wicked Mountain” in 2013, “Joyful Noise” in 2014, and “Cumplir con el Diablo” in 2016.  The King Of The Tramps live show is a foot stompin’, hand clappin’ rock and roll gospel party with plenty of crowd participation.  The band is comprised of Todd Partridge on guitar and vocals, Adam Audlehelm on keys, Ryan Aum on drums, and Ryan McAlister on bass.


J. Jeffrey Messerole



Where: Brightside Lounge, 225 West Main Street

When: Saturday, January 20th, 2018  |  5PM – 8PM

Bonus Band – No Admission Charged!

Bio: Self-taught guitarist, J. Jeffrey Messerole is a story telling, songwriter from Iowa’s Great Lakes region. Messerole masterfully blends the sound of his guitar, with haunting lyrics, and harmonica to tell gritty american tales, bound to evoke emotion from all of his listeners. Each song is a poignant, and sometimes, painful, snapshot of the lives of old souls and modern folk alike. With stories spanning the country from coast to coast, he’s happy to share his original folk, blues, and alternative country music rooted right here, in the heart of the Great Plains.



Leo Lonnie Orchestra



Where: Western Iowa Tech Conference Center, 200 Victory Drive

When: Saturday, January 20th, 2018  |  6PM – 9PM

It all started with a problem.  Dad, Leo Piitz, and son, Lonnie Piitz were figuring a way they could both play in the same band.  Leo, a drummer, played with every band in the territory but Lonnie was just startin saxophone and clarinet and didn’t have many gigs under his belt yet.  Inspiration hit, of all places, while tearing down a shed on the farm – “Hey, let’s start our own band.”  In January 1991 Leo clicked off the first of many dance jobs for the Leo Lonnie Orchestra.  The vision wassimple: good musicians having fun playing good arrangements.  Fast forward 20 years, Leo has since retired and doesn’t travel with the band very often, but Lonnie still runs things according to theo riginal fornula.



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This Performance is dedicated in honor of RJ Baker, original organizer of the Cherokee Jazz and Blues Festival.

Where: Mud on Main, Cherokee, 425 West Main Street

When: Friday, January 19th, 2018  |  6PM to 9PM

David Napier – Dave Napier has played with many bands in the Sioux City Iowa Area including the Seven Sons and The Velaires. He also spent several years working in the Music Field in the Chicago Area. He now plays with a Dixieland group, the Dixie Daddies. He as appeard at IRRHOF events several times performing with The Velaires, Flames and others. He is a very accomplished Musician who has the ability to pick up almost any Instrument and play it. He also is a singer and has added great background vocals on many recordings.

Eddie Dunn – Professional musician since a teenager, electric bass player and vocalist. From 1981 – 1986 played with “Jazz Portraits”, touring jazz quintet funded by the SD Arts Council. Later played with various groups in Seattle and in the San Francisco Bay area. Recorded 1 jazz CD with trio “Red Road.” For the last 24 years has played jazz in Sioux City and around the upper Midwest.

Steve Smith – Steve Smith has been playing jazz since age 5 when he appeared on a Sioux City television program, Toast for Teens. He played on that show with Cherokee’s own Tommy Thomas. Later Tommy spent many years performing with Louis Prima and Sam Butara in Las Vegas. Steve played throughout high school with his Dad’s band which performed in the Northwest Iowa area for about 30 years. He featured Cherokee’s Art Awe on piano. Mr. Awe was a very proficient jazz stride pianist in the style of Fats Waller. Steve attended Iowa State and performed in and later was the director of the ISU Jazz ensemble. As a saxophone player with the Spectacle rhythm and blues band Steve was inducted into the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Through the years he performed in his own groups including Gentle Persuasion with his wife Linda on drums. He played with many area jazz musicians through the years including Marty Crandell, Jeff Guntren, Chris Smith, and Reggie Schive. For the past 12 years, Steve played piano in the Dick Bauman Monday Night Big Band at Okoboji. Also, he has performed as keyboardist for the Northwest Iowa Musicians in the Cherokee Jazz & Blues Festival in January from 2006 through January 2013.

Ray Guntren – Ray was born and reared in Storm Lake, Iowa. He’s been playing guitar since he was fourteen. Prior to having a “real” guitar, his first string instrument was a shoe box with rubber bands stretched across. His love of music was partly influenced by his father’s “old time” fiddling.  In the mid-60’s Ray helped form a rock band by the name of “the Galaxies”. The group evolved into an ensemble by the name of “The Soul Survivors”. That group changed its name to “Milk & Honey” after another band with the same name garnered a top forty hit. The five piece group traveled the Midwest playing dance halls and various community functions. Ray left the group in 1968. He was playing in a night club in Burlington, Iowa when he got a offer for full time employment as an apprentice instrument technician with MidBell Music in Storm Lake.

In 1972, he was promoted to manager of a newly opened MidBell branch store in Sioux City. Musically, Ray spent the next 20 years playing with church ensembles and for his own enjoyment. In the early 90’s, Ray rekindled his love of Jazz and playing. He was influenced partly by the fine playing by his two sons Mike & Jeff who were up and coming saxophone players. Both sons got to experience “jazz combo’ work with “Dad” playing rhythm guitar. Mike is general manager of Ray’s MidBell Music and played with Sioux City’s own “Board of Directors” 10 piece Chicago style big band. Jeff graduated from UNI with a degree in jazz studies. He has traveled the world as a professional musician employed by Carnival, Norwegian, Holland America, P&O, Cunard & Princess cruise lines.

Ray has played with the Sioux City Jazz Orchestra now the Reggie Schive Big Band, Northwest Iowa Big Band, The Eddie Dunn Project, Pete Hittle, Sioux City Orchestra, Briar Cliff University, Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans, and his own ensemble called Ambience, He is also a free-lancer with numerous area ensembles. Over the years, he has had the privilege of being on the stand with notables such as Roger Neuman, Mike Vax, Ryan & Justin Kisor, & Adam Schroeder. He has taught adult guitar instruction for Iowa Central and Western Iowa Tech as well as private group instruction. He is owner and operator of Ray’s MidBell Music in Sioux City. He also has a daughter who is studying piano and teaching at Indiana University while she is working on her doctorate in music theory. He resides in Sioux City with his wife and flutist, Karen.

Joey Gulizia – Joey Gulizia is a professional musician who has been performing since childhood. By the age of 6, he was on the stage, and at 10 he was singing and drumming regularly with his dad Joe Gulizia Sr, and brother Tony.
Along with performing and entertaining, Joey has been involved in music education for over 30 years. He has conducted hundreds of residencies, workshops and clinics for students of all ages. He’s been inducted to the “Nebraska Music Hall of Fame” and has received the “Excellence in Education” award by the Governor of Nebraska.

Music has taken him all over the world and he continues to travel extensively. He has worked on many musical projects, and can be heard on more than 50 recordings with various groups and individuals.
Just this past year, Joey was drumming in Austria and Switzerland with his brother Tony, and saxophonist Roger Neumann. He performed on the annual Gulizia Brothers Jazz Cruise to Central America, and once again toured with the Mannheim Steamroller playing orchestral percussion, and electronic woodwinds.

In the field of education he was involved with numerous school residencies, jazz camps, workshops and clinics. Currently he is Artist in Residence at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and is faculty jazz drummer at UNL.

Justin Kisor – Justin Kisor began playing trumpet professionally at the age of 13 with territory bands in Sioux City, IA. By the age of 17, Mr. Kisor was receiving international recognition as a jazz soloist.  Justin Kisor played and or recorded with Wynton Marsalis, Wycliff Gordon, Ben Wolfe, WInard Harper, Nora Jones, Charles Persip, and many more.  In 2001, Mr. Kisor graduated from Juilliard School and performed in the premier Navy jazz ensemble, the United States Navy Band Commodores.  Justin currently teaches trumpet at Morningside College and plays regularly throughout the area.