A three decades old festival returns to downtown Galesburg starting Thursday night, and organizers say it’s for the most part, a truly local festival.
The 31st annual Knox-Rootabaga Jazz Festival features performances Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at several venues including McGillacuddy’s and the Orpheum Theatre, featuring both local talent including the Knox College Jazz Ensemble and the Knox Faculty and Friends Combo, but also some regional talent.
Put it all together, and organizer Nikki Malley tells WGIL it’s a festival the community can be proud of, just as much as she is.
“This festival which is so unique for a city this size and a community this diverse to have a festival, you know a 31 year old festival now, and so I came in with a passion for it already knowing what an impact it makes on the students who are involved and all the artists that come through.”
Malley says featured acts this year include several performers from the St. Louis area, one of which she says has never performed out of that area before until now.
You can find a full schedule of performances online at Knox College’s website, but Malley cautions: there are always surprises.