Foodies and Jazz aficionados rejoice! Topeka’s Downtown Jazz & Food Truck Festival is this Saturday, Oct. 7. Both local and national musical talent will take the stage on 9th and Kansas and over 20 food trucks and vendors will be along the avenue ready to serve concert goers. Here are the top 5 things to do or see at the Downtown Jazz & Food Truck Festival.
5. Experience the Variety of Regional Flavors
Let’s give it to our neighbors to the east! While you’re taking in the sights and sounds of Jazz & Food Truck Fest, be on the lookout for these food trucks favs from the Kansas City area: Polar Oasis, Jerusalem Café, CoffeeCake KC, Greg-Co BBQ, KC Smoke Burger and Vee’s BBQ. If you’re feeling up for a treat, be sure to also stop Fantastic Funnel Cakes out of Tonganoxie and Yummylicious Cookie Company from Lenexa.
4. Show Some Love to the Homegrown Culinary Talent
Let these Topeka food trucks show you what they got! Are you looking for savory, homemade barbeque? Compare flavors from Beer Gut BBQ, Front Door Catering and JLG BBQ. For a gourmet spin on an all-American favorite - grab a hot dog or sausage from the Hot Dog Dude. Need a refreshment and a sweet snack? Stop by Poppin’ Squeeze/ Poppin’ Minis, your one-stop food truck for freshly squeezed lemonade, kettle corn and mini donuts.
3. Kansas Grown Jazz
Bring your folding chair and claim you spot, the music starts at 3:30 p.m. First up are Lawrence bands The Yards and Joe Schoonover Trio, respectively. The Yards’ sound includes an instrumental funk-jazz-jam with a vintage sound and feel. Don’t discount this next band because of its number of band mates! The Joe Schoovnover Trio, led by guitarist Joe Schoovnover, is a little band with a big jazz-funk sound.
2. Chis Hazelton’s BOOGALOO 7
This six-piece band hails from KCMO and brings with it a Soul/Funk/Jazz/Boogaloo sound. Their music is reminiscent of the late ‘60s early ‘70s dance scene, so be ready to get down!
1.The Hot 8 Brass Band
Time for the main event! The Hot 8 Brass Band is a nationally recognized musical group that produces an infectious old school street brass style juxtaposed with a more modern, funkier approach. Starting up in New Orleans, arguably the mecca of Jazz, the band has toured though out the U.S. and have worked with the likes of Lauren Hill, Mos Def and the Blind Boys of Alabama. In 2013, they were nominated for a Grammy for their second album “The Life and Times Of…”
Be sure to join us as the Topeka’s Downtown comes alive with the sounds of jazz and the aromas of delicious food!