JazzFest 2018 is underway, and though it has all the familiar sights and sounds, this year has a slightly different look: it’s running just two days instead of three.
The are a lot of reasons KELOLAND decides to come together every summer for JazzFest.
“Beautiful weather, free concert, live music, lots of bands, lot of food, why not be here?” Dave Heald of Sioux Falls said.
“The weather, the people, the food, the great music, of course, and just to enjoy the short summer months,” Pam Zastrow of Sioux Falls said.
So what do people think of a shorter JazzFest?
“I think it’s better to concentrate and have a better concert on Friday and Saturday than to try to drag it over three days,” Heald said. “I think this is a better, better way to do this.”
“Like I’ve heard it said, any day’s a good day for live music, but if we get more people in Friday and Saturday, that works, too,” Zastrow said. “I don’t mind, I come out no matter what.”
“I actually would enjoy more the three day other than the two day, ’cause you have more time to go with your family and also with your own time with your wife,” Dave Cano of Sioux Falls said.
“I believe that if reducing it from three days to two days is what works best for them, then that works,” Michael Sulaiman of Sioux Falls said.
Sulaiman plays saxophone, and he’s performing Saturday afternoon on the second stage with the band Fissure Jazz at 3:00.
“Definitely really excited, I’ve been looking forward to this for months now,” Sulaiman said.
Heald will be back here tomorrow.
“Oh yeah, absolutely,” Heald said. “I’ve been coming for 22 years, and the only one I missed was my daughter’s wedding. I came the Friday night after the rehearsal dinner, but I missed that Saturday.”
This Saturday, the music starts at 12:00 p.m. If you’ll be coming out to JazzFest, don’t forget there is a Lyft drop-off this year, as well as shuttle options.