WOOSTER — Those attending the Wooster Arts and Jazz Fest this year won’t be very far from the sweet sounds they want to hear as the event has added a fourth stage with a full slate of performers.

"We have more bands performing this year than ever before," said Jason Storck, entertainment committee co-chairman. "The additional stage allowed us to bring in more bands that people want to hear."

Storck explained that the committee picks both local and regional acts that offer a variety of sounds.

"We try to integrate new acts every year," Storck said. "We have a good mix of different types of jazz. There is everything from Big Band to Dixieland to 1920s style to Roots Jazz and Blues and a solo jazz guitarist."

The band selection isn’t an easy task. Storck and co-chairman Chris Buehler spend the better part of a year narrowing down bands by watching each candidates YouTube.com videos and listening to demo recordings in order to bring top-notch performers to the event.

The music lineup for the 2018 Wooster Arts and Jazz Fest:


Apple Creek Bank Stage:

The Usual Suspects 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

River City Jazz Band 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. (Including parade)

Tim Dvorkin 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.


Main Stage:

Savoy Big Band 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

David Gerald 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.


Walnut St. Stage:

RedHotBux 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Blu Monsoon 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Standard Time 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.


Buckey St. Stage:

Matthew Keeler 11 a.m. - 12 p.m., 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Victor Samalot 12 p.m. - 1 p.m., 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

QS Jazz 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Reporter Dan Starcher can be reached at 330-287-1626 or dstarcher@the-daily-record.com. He is on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WoosterWriter