Prairie Village JazzFest artist spotlight: SM East Blue Knights and Victor & Penny

The festival, now its ninth year, draws thousands to the Harmon Park hill.

The ninth annual Prairie Village JazzFest is set to return to the Harmon Park hill this coming Saturday, Sept. 8, and all this week we’ll be taking a look at the artists on this year’s lineup.

Once again, the festival kicks off with a performance by the award-winning Shawnee Mission East Blue Knights. Under the direction of fourth-year band leader Alex Toepfer, the jazz performance band has continued its national reputation for excellence. Here’s the group live onstage at the 2014 JazzFest:

The Blue Knights will be on stage from 3 to 3:40 p.m. After they’ve wrapped up their set, popular local duo Victor & Penny are due up. Known for a unique brand of swing-infused folk-jazz, they’ve been putting smiles on crowds’ faces across the country.

Here’s their performance of Cole Porter’s “You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To” at the 2017 Folk Alliance International Conference last year:

Tomorrow we’ll take a look at the third act that will take the stage Saturday, the Kessler-Embry Conspiracy.

You can find full information about the festival here. Of note:

  • Festival admission is $5 for adults and free for children under 18. Blankets and lawn chairs are welcome.
  • Please note that outside food and beverages are not allowed. Food and beverage will be available for purchase (cash only). We appreciate your consideration.
  • Dogs (excluding service animals) are not allowed inside festival grounds.
  • Free parking at Shawnee Mission East, Prairie Village Pool, Mission Bible Church, and Community of Christ Bible Church. ADA parking and drop off available at Prairie Village City Hall. View the parking map here.