Annual Chili Blues features The Jazz Portraits

Annual Chili Blues features The Jazz Portraits Chili Blues, an annual Dakota Days tradition, combines the celebration of homecoming with a legendary chili competition and good music for the entire family.

The festivities begin after the game on Oct. 12 at 6 p.m. at the Washington Street Arts Center, 202 Washington St. in Vermillion, with outdoor ticket and beverage sales. Serving of the Chili-Meisters' taste treats begins at 6:30 p.m. The Jazz Portraits take the stage at 7 p.m.

The Jazz Portraits presents a repertoire of contemporary jazz including ballads, medium and up-tempo swing, bossa nova, adaptations of pop songs, and of course, blues. The quintet, sponsored by the South Dakota Arts Council, consists of trumpet, saxophone, base, drums and piano.

This group performed at the Deadwood Jazz Festival, the Black Hills Jazz Festival, and was featured on South Dakota Public Television. Their unique sound will put you in the mood for chili and later even dancing. More information about the band, contact Jeff Soukup soukupjeff@hotmail.com.

As part of the festivities chili-meisters compete for accolades and the traveling trophy created by Martin Wanserski, USD art professor and Vermillion Area Arts Council board member. Individuals or groups wishing to enter the competition may call Evelyn Schlenker at 624-5444 or e-mail her at eschlenk@usd.edu. Entries will be accepted through Oct. 7.

Tickets for non-VAAC members are $10 adults/$7 children and $8/$6 for Arts Council members and are available at the door or can be purchased in advance at The Coffee Shop Gallery and Nook 'n Cranny.

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