This festival is founded on the premise that W.Va. has woven a rich tapestry of music that includes jazz and blues. Now it’s time to share our treasures and invite the world to enjoy what we have to offer here in beautiful southern WV. Join us August 19th – 21st for the 4th Annual Simply Jazz and Blues Festival, returning to Word Park in uptown Beckley, WV.


We’re proud to feature a free festival, along with some ticketed events. We will provide entertaining educational opportunities for young and old, great food and craft vendors and many venues hosting our Jazz and Blues Takeover of southern WV in the weeks leading up to the festival itself. The 2016 sponsorship opportunities are varied and very flexible; something for every budget. So we hope that you will want to show your support for this unique jazz, blues…and gospel experience that truly reflects the diverse culture of our mountain state!



Friday, August 19th

5:30PMJenny Wilson TrioJazz
6:45PMDugan Carter & Full FlavorJazz/Soul
8:00PMThe Bob Thompson UnitJazz

Saturday, August 20th

12:00PMCreek Don’t RiseAppalachian Blues
1:15PMVeronika JacksonAcoustic Blues/Folk
2:30PMLady DR&B/Blues
3:45PMAustin “Walkin’ Cane”Acoustic Blues
5:00PMMiss Freddye’s Blues BandBlues
6:15PMSlam Allen Blues BandBlues/Soul
8:00PMPackrat’s Smokehouse SwampBlues

Sunday, August 21st

1:00PMApostle Ronnie “Diamond” HoardGospel
2:00PMGospel ReunionGospel
3:00PMBare BonesAcapella / Inspirational
4:00PMDonnie V Blues
5:00PMThe UnitJazz

Jazz & Blues Takeover

August 18thJenny Wilson TrioBeckley Art Center7:00pm
August 19thJenny Wilson TrioFriday's In The Park11:30am
August 19thVeronika JacksonThe Grove9:00pm
August 19thAustin "Walkin' Cane"Calacino's
August 19thSlam Allen Blues BandAdventure On The Gorge / Rendezvous Lounge7:30pm


The Simply Jazz and Blues festival would not be possible without help from our local sponsors.  These organizations are passionate supporters of our goal to spread the roots of jazz & blues music in southern WV.  Click the links below to show your support to those who support us!

Want to be a vendor?  Simply Jazz and Blues is always looking for new vendors to join the SJB community!  Fill out our online form and we’ll get in touch with you ASAP.

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Simply Jazz and Blues is more than just a festival, it’s a MOVEMENT! Click Here to find out what we have cookin’ in the coming months, such as our upcoming series at The Raleigh Playhouse and Theatre in Beckley, WV.

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