ST. CHARLES – Music and art will merge during the St. Charles Jazz and Art Weekend set to take place Sept. 10 to 13 in downtown St. Charles.
Normally, jazz is the sole focus of the event. This year's event has been reformatted following the cancellation of this year's St. Charles Fine Art Show because of the pandemic.
The event is organized by the St. Charles Business Alliance, whose Events Manager Amy Curione knows the importance of art and music, especially during these trying times.
"We're so excited to still be able to support our local businesses and our community and be able to showcase the jazz music and art around town," Curione said. "We really feel – especially in times like these – that music and art are essential to our well-being and we're happy to help create the joy around our community."
Throughout the event, the phase four COVID-19 guidelines outlined in the Restore Illinois plan will be followed, Curione said. As part of those guidelines, gatherings of more than 50 people are not allowed.
"Luckily, most performances will be outside," she said. "We're lucky to have so many St. Charles venues with fabulous outdoor seating areas."
St. Charles Jazz and Art Weekend will kick off Sept. 10 with a performance by Grammy-winning saxophonist Frank Catalano, who played with the Elgin Community College Jazz Band as an ECC student in 1999. Catalano will perform from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Filling Station Pub & Grill, 300 Main St.
Several other venues also will feature live music. In addition, the Fox Valley Jazz Big Band will perform from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 10 at James O. Breen Community Park as part of the St. Charles Park District Drive In Concerts series. Tickets cost $5 per vehicle, available at stcparks.org/drivein-concerts.
"We are very happy to be able to host the Fox Valley Jazz Big Band," Curione said. "And that's a band comprised of some of the area's best jazz musicians."
Chicago’s premier jazz artists, singer Spider Saloff and pianist Jeremy Kahn, will team up to perform “The Cool Heat of Peggy Lee” at 8 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Baker Community Center, 101 S. Second St. The show is produced and presented by the Norris Cultural Arts Center.
Tickets cost $25 each, and include two complimentary beverages. They are available at norrisculturalarts.com.
People also will be able to enjoy the music while at home.
"We are going to be out and about livestreaming throughout the weekend," Curione said.
There will be an art reception featuring the work of several artists from 4 to 8 p.m. Sept. 12 at 116 Gallery, located at 116 W. Main St. The event, which will be held both indoors and outdoors, will feature the music of COD CITY Jazz Combo and violinist Alexandra Bryner.
In addition, the St. Charles Business Alliance is encouraging people to go around the city to see the art on display, including the "Be You" sculpture recently installed in the new East Plaza/Riverwalk that is part of the First Street project in downtown St. Charles.
More information is available by going to stcjazzweekend.com.