Rebranded jazz festival is returning this fall

07/24/2013 5:37 PM

07/24/2013 5:37 PM

The bands will play on at the annual Kansas City jazz festival, but under a different name.

The American Jazz Museum announced Wednesday that the former Rhythm and Ribs Festival will return Oct. 12 as Kansas City’s 18th Vine Jazz and Blues Festival.

The rebranding will help connect the festival at the historic 18th and Vine area to Kansas City’s history as one of the homes of jazz, said Trey Runnion, chairman of the museum’s board.

The museum also announced that George Duke, Con Funk Shun, Bettye LaVette, The Messenger Legacy and Kelley Hunt will headline the festival.

Only about 5,000 people came to the festival last year because of rain, said Suzetta Parks, the festival’s executive producer. This year, she expects 7,000 to 10,000 people to attend. The festival began in 2005, but it took a one-year hiatus in 2009.

The events begin at 11 a.m. Oct. 12 and will last until midnight. Tickets are on sale now and start at $10. They can be purchased by going to

Ticketmaster.com or by calling 816-474-6262

.

Despite the name change, there will be no shortage of barbecue this year, festival organizers insist.

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