EdgeFest 2020 Goes Virtual

Source: Kerrytown Concert House.

EDGEFEST 24: Partial to the Edge – Virtual is a new virtual livestreamed concert series designed to keep the spirit of Edgefest alive in the face of the ongoing national health crisis.

Preparations for Edgefest 2020, scheduled for four days in October, were all but complete when the COVID-19 pandemic hit the nation, shutting down businesses and necessitating the practice of social distancing for months, creating much uncertainty about the near future and requiring venues to cancel all in-person performances. Given all the work that had gone into festival preparations and the joyous anticipation among artists and fans alike, this was a difficult and painful decision, but one that had to be made to protect the health and wellbeing of everyone involved.

But as promised at the time, Kerrytown Concert House and Edgefest staff have been hard at work preparing an alternative way of keeping the spirit of Edgefest 24 alive, as we pivot towards and look forward to the grand 25th edition of the festival in October of 2021.

It can be now announced that a six-event schedule of streaming performances by a wonderful collection of musicians, arranged for the most part to adhere to the original brass theme “Partial to the Edge,” has been developed, with many thanks to the National Endowment for the Arts and our other generous donors. Each online concert event (one per month from October through March) will feature major artists from all over the country with opening sets by distinguished musicians from the southeast Michigan area. The roster of national artists is set and the Michigan artist roster will be completed over the next few weeks. All events will take place on a Friday evening at 7:30 PM, and will be accessible online at the Kerrytown Concert House website.

EDGEFEST 24 VIRTUAL CONCERT LINEUP
Performances are subject to change.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23RD AT 7:30 PM
Opening set –
Skeeter Shelton, woodwinds • Djallo Djakate, drums
Featured set – Purple Gums
Bobby Bradford, cornet • Francis Wong, tenor saxophone • William Roper, tuba/voice

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20TH AT 7:30 PM
Opening set – TBA
Featured set –
Steve Swell, trombone • Dave Sewelson, baritone saxophone

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18TH AT 7:30 PM
Featured set –
Jen Baker, trombone
Featured set –
Dave Douglas, trumpet

FRIDAY, JANUARY 22ND AT 7:30 PM
Opening set – TBA
Featured set –
Jaimie Branch, trumpet

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19TH AT 7:30 PM
Opening set – TBA
Featured set – Jason Kao Hwang’s Human Rites Trio
Jason Kao Hwang, violin/viola • Ken Filiano, bass • Andrew Drury, drums/percussion

FRIDAY, MARCH 26TH AT 7:30 PM
Opening set – TBA
Featured set –
Joseph Daley, tuba • Warren Smith, percussion • Scott Robinson, multi-instrumentalist

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