Saturday, June 23, 2012

#261: Jazz vs. Blues ...vs. Ska?

Today, you have to make a decision: blues or jazz.*

This weekend features both the South Bend Ribs and Blues Festival and the Elkhart Jazz Festival.  Which will it be?  Lots of barbecue vendors and  bands at the newly-renovated Coveleski Stadium?  Or an established and nationally-acclaimed jazz festival that features six stages scattered around downtown Elkhart? 

Or how about something completely different?  Slalom skateboarding -- the first (and perhaps first in Michiana ever) Pinhook Slalom Open, a time-based competition features 22 skaters from several states.  Perhaps most importantly, it's a fundraiser for charity:water. 

For more information about performers, ticket prices and parking: 

Elkhart Jazz Festival:
Now - Sunday afternoon
Tip: Don't have the dough to shell out?  Check the student pricing and/or the free concert at 5:00pm by Jenna Mammima and Robin Lewis at the Ruthmere Museum.

South Bend Ribs Festival: 
First act begins at 12:15 pm - last band goes on at 8:00 pm
(and check our profile of it last year here)

2012 Pinhook Slalom Open:

*Actually, you can experience them both -- the Elkhart Jazz Festival continues on Sunday.  Whew.

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