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The Ballyhoo Foxtrot Orchestra pauses for a group photo after our last set on Saturday.

Kurt Bowermaster (drums), Paul Lindemeyer (sax), Amy Burgmaier (vocals), Jamie Poulsen (piano), Dan Stevenson (clarinet), John Benoit (trombone, leader), Bob Lohrenz (banjo), Jim Bovinette (trumpet), Mike Short (tuba)

Video: "I Got Rhythm

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The BFO makes its Bix debut on the 1920s-era band shell at LeClaire Park overlooking the Mississippi River.

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Halfway through the band's second song ("Mississippi Mud"), a powerful super-cell thunderstorm rips through the park, forcing the BFO to flee the stage. Here the iconic "Bix Lives" sign (see previous photo) has blown off the wall and landed on the piano.

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LeClaire Park was severely damaged by the storm - tents downed, PA system destroyed, two festival volunteers hospitalized. All outdoor performances had to be relocated indoors for the remainder of the festival.

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The BFO playing in the historic Col Ballroom - a 1920s era venue in which Bix Beiderbecke himself performed many times.

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Jamie Poulsen in the Col Ballroom - looking like a rock star at the piano.

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The BFO playing in one of the conference rooms at the Clarion Hotel.

Video: "East St. Louis Toodle-oo

Video: "Singing in the Bathtub"

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Amy Burgmaier charms the audience while John Benoit plays a solo.

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Jim Bovinette mugs for the camera.

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The sax section - Paul Lindemeyer, alto sax; Dan Stevenson, tenor sax - providing support for vocalist Amy Burgmaier (lower lefthand corner).

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Bob Lohrenz keeping time on the banjo.

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Mike Short - laying down some low notes.

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Kurt Bowermaster - playing the "choke cymbal."

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Amy Burgmaier - reminding everyone that "Bix Lives" at the annual Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival.

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