Just Announced: No Rhythm & Ribs Festival This Year

The American Jazz Museum sent this press release moments ago.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – APRIL 20, 2009 – Kansas City, MO – Organizers of Kansas City’s blues and jazz festival, Rhythm & Ribs, announced today that the event will not occur on June 19-20, as planned. Citing fundraising made tougher by the challenging economy corporate sponsors are working in, the annual festival will take a break in 2009 and will return on Father’s Day weekend in 2010.

Since 2005, Rhythm & Ribs has been a non-profit, community-oriented festival designed to showcase some of Kansas City’s world-renowned cultural traditions – jazz, blues and BBQ – and has grown to become the city’s biggest celebration of “the heart, the soul, and the sauce.” Festival leaders, sponsors and followers had been working toward the fifth annual event at one of KC’s great cultural centers, the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District.

“Fundraising is never easy, but this year has understandably been an uphill battle,” said Peter Yelorda, chairman of the Rhythm & Ribs Jazz and Blues Festival. “Scenarios like ours are being played out across the country. It is expensive to bring in top tier talent for a music festival of this caliber, and this year it has become extremely challenging for sponsors to maintain the same level of investment.

“We could have scaled back on the scope and talent that sets Rhythm & Ribs apart, but compromising the quality of the festival was never on the table.”

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