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Sioux Falls JazzFest kicks off Thursday, Joe Walsh headlines Saturday

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A three-day jazz and blues festival kicks off in Sioux Falls Thursday evening.

Sioux Falls JazzFest began in 1988 with two jazz bands and one blues act playing in a back yard.

The tradition has grown over the years into a top-tier festival drawing numerous top acts and more than 100,000 music lovers from the region.

Saturday night's headliner is former Eagles front-man Joe Walsh.

Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues executive director Robert Joyce says event sponsors and donations from concertgoers help keep the annual festival free.

Joe Walsh has had songs bubbling up inside him for years, but the veteran rocker just hadn't had the time for a solo project since reuniting with the Eagles for "Hell Freezes Over" in 1994.

But a recent break by the iconic band has allowed Walsh to release "Analog Man," his first new album in 20 years.

And the Walsh, 64, will share both his new works and classics Saturday night during his headline performance capping the three-day Sioux Falls JazzFest.

The guitarist is known for his signature licks on such hits as "Rocky Mountain Way" and his expressive faces during those riffs.

He says he'll mix in some old James Gang, Eagles and solo tunes during the performance while taking some detours for improvisation and freeform.

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