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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Weekend To-Do: Hot Springs Jazz Fest

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DeShannon Higa.

7 p.m., Oaklawn Race and Gaming Theater. $10.

The 18th annual kicks off not with jazz, but with a pair of “Blues Brothers” impersonators from Alabama who are actually brothers. The Crisler brothers — Jamey and Justin — do songs like “Soul Man” and “Stand By Your Man” at Oaklawn's new theater. Friday the Air Force Shades of Blue Big Band and Save the Blues Jazz Combo play a sold-out show at the Convention Center's Horner Hall. Saturday is the meat of the festival. From noon until near dark, jazz acts will gather under the sky bridge on Broadway and Market Streets. Styles range from Dixieland (the Hot Springs Village Dixieland Band, noon) to rock-filtered fusion (Henderson State University's NuFusion, 2 p.m.). Mixed in with the locals, several special guests stand out. Trumpet player DeShannon Higa (2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.), from Honolulu, has collaborated with everyone from Diana Krall to Tower of Power. Vocalist Phillip Manuel (5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.) knows big names, too; he's worked with Patti LaBelle and Dr. John. Get the complete lowdown at hotspringsjazzfest.org.

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