Rhythm & Blues with Legal Services of North Florida

Date Posted: Sep 21, 2023

Closing out Foo Foo Fest will be an afternoon dedicated to all things jazz

Jazz for Justice has been a part of Foo Foo Fest for the last six years, and it will once again bring the rhythm and blues to Pensacola with a premier lineup of jazz musicians this year as well.

“We are so proud to be a part of Foo Foo Fest as a grant recipient again,” said Brian Stewart, director of philanthropy for Legal Services of North Florida. “It means the world to us that they trust us to put on a good show, and I think everyone is going to be really excited for Jazz for Justice once again this year.”

Scheduled for the final day of Foo Foo Fest, Sunday, November 12, the Jazz for Justice lineup will bring the New Orleans heat with three high-caliber bands known for their high-energy performances. The afternoon will kick off with opener Whiskey & Water, a husband and wife duo that features jazz vocals and a Louisiana blues vibe. “They like to incorporate some southern rock and even reggae too,” said Charlotte Waters, communications director at Legal Services of North Florida. “They’ve been a part of the Pensacola music scene for a long time, but they haven’t been able to perform the past couple of years. We’re happy to have them this year.”

Also getting in on the afternoon’s action is the 9th Avenue Brass Band, a local band known for their energy and talent. “We couldn’t be more excited to have them back,” Stewart said. “They are amazing musicians, and when they come together and play, magic happens.”

Headlining the event will be Grammy Award-winning The Dirty Dozen Brass Band. The New Orleans-based band is known for its traditional big brass band sound, often referred to by the band members as “musical gumbo.” Over the course of its career, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band has released 12 studio albums and collaborated with major artists, from Modest Mouse to Norah Jones. “They are so much fun and are true legends in the brass band community,” Stewart said. “To have them as part of Jazz for Justice is an incredible moment for us and Pensacola.”

Also significant to Jazz for Justice is that it’s free to the public, an aspect of the event that’s important to Legal Services of North Florida, a nonprofit organization that serves low-income individuals and families across the Florida panhandle by providing free civil legal help to eligible clients. “We feel this event needs to be something that’s for people to come out and enjoy and not have a ticket price as a hindrance to doing so,” Stewart added. “The only way we can do that, however, is the grant we receive from Foo Foo Fest. We’re so thankful to be grant-funded so that we can offer such a high-quality musical event for all of Pensacola.”

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