The SteamPlant Event Center will host the first Salida Jazz Festival in Riverside Park on August 25th, 2018 featuring Gerry Gibbs' Thrasher People Band with special guest Nicholas Payton. The festival is free, and will also include the fireworks show that was planned for this past 4th of July (weather permitting).
Gerry Gibbs is a Grammy nominated drummer, producer, band leader, composer and arranger. As a solo artist, Gibbs has released nine jazz recordings. His first, in 1996, Gerry Gibbs Sextet, The Thrasher features saxophonist Ravi Coltrane with Quincy Jones as executive producer, while his last two recordings, Gerry Gibbs & The Thrasher Dream Trio, We’re Back, and Live In Studio feature jazz luminaries Ron Carter & Kenny Barron.
Nicholas Payton is widely considered one of the greatest artists of our time. Hailed as a virtuoso before he was even out of high school, his unbridled talent has earned him praise and accolades, as well as insured his place in history.