- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 10, 2014

LOGANSPORT, Ind. (AP) - Months after the death of Logansport’s most famous Grammy award winner, the show goes on for the festival that bears his name.

The seventh annual Med Flory Jazz and Blues Festival brings jazz and blues artists from the Logansport area and around the country on Saturday afternoon at Little Turtle Waterway along the Wabash River in downtown Logansport.

It’ll include a short segment in honor of Flory, who died in early March at the age of 87. He was known for performances with the jazz band Supersax and bebop musician Charlie Parker, as well as for appearances in several TV shows, including “Bonanza.”

“Once he left here, there were lots of people - other musicians - that were inspired by him,” local photographer Rich Voorhies told the Pharos-Tribune (https://bit.ly/1kMkjwB ).

Voorhies worked with Flory as a portrait photographer when the musician came back to his hometown from his longtime residence in California.

“He comes in and says oh, I don’t like to have my picture taken,” Voorhies recalled. “And I thought it was strange.” So he played a CD of horn music.

“I popped that on, turned it on and he said, ‘Man, who are those cats?’ And he just starts talking about them, and completely forgot about not liking to get his picture taken,” Voorhies said.

Several new musicians will make an appearance at the Med Flory festival, on purpose to keep the event fresh for regular attendees, according to festival co-chairman Dave Herman.

Blues musician Mark Robinson, hailing from Tennessee, kicks off the festival at 3 p.m., followed by unrelated blues musician Tad Robinson at 4:30 p.m.

Zach Day and Full Throttle will take the stage at 6 p.m., followed by Steve Allee with Stan Hillis Quintet at 7:30 p.m., the Kelly Richey Band at 9 p.m. and the Tim Miller Band with Candice Rans at 10:30 p.m.

Local musician Jason McKeever will play between the major performances, “so we have music going on constantly,” Herman said.

The People’s Winery will sell guitar-shaped bottles of wine and the Cass County Roosters will have a roped-off beer tent like last year. Herman emphasized that the rest of the park will be open to families.

Anita Hillis, co-chairwoman with Herman of the event, said her four grandchildren came with their parents around supper time last year.

“The kids just begged (their parents) to come back” after an errand, Hillis recalled. “They were dancing and having a wonderful time.”

The four children - then ages 4 to 11 years old - stayed till 11:30 p.m. without getting tired, she said.

The segment honoring Med Flory will take place at 7:30 p.m., when Dave Kitchell will summarize his life and achievements. Rans is expected to perform “Hoosier Blues,” a Flory original, accompanied by Hillis and Allee.

Tickets this year are $15 apiece or $25 for two adult tickets. Those 20 and under may attend for $8, and children 6 and under are free.

Advance tickets purchased at any Security Federal Savings Bank location also come with $5 worth of food tickets, Herman said.

“I think we’ve made it about as affordable as you can make it without going broke,” he added.

More information about the festival is available at floryfest.com.


Information from: Pharos-Tribune, https://www.pharostribune.com



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