2013 JAZZ EUREKA FESTIVAL
Various times and venues.
So Spyro Gyra
is headlining the Jazz Eureka Festival
this year. I hadn't ever listened to them but my dad digs them and so I thought, what the hey, I'll give it a go. Turns out that the band's pop/smooth-fusion jazz music is so severely mellow and laid-back and tropical-sounding that listening to a few minutes of it made me have a mild panic attack. In fact I had to listen to Slayer's "Reign in Blood" and "Hell Awaits" just to calm back down.
To clarify, this is not a criticism of Spyro Gyra's music, because tons of people seem to like them and popularity certainly counts for a lot. But if you're more of a sensitive-type listener like I am, you might want to just know what you're getting into. Spyro Gyra plays at The Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and tickets are $20-$43.
There's also lots of free music all weekend at Basin Spring Park, with the 18-piece Fayetteville Jazz Collective
performing Friday from 7-9 p.m. Starting at noon on Saturday, you can catch Alan Gibson & First Line, Richard Brunton Quartet, Walter Savage Trio
and NSU Jazz Quartet
. The Missouri State Jazz Band
performs Sunday at 1 p.m.