The Capital Jazz Fest Promises More Soul To The Bounce

The Capital Jazz Fest, held the first weekend in June at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland, is normally one of the more Soul-infused Jazz festivals around. However, this year for the 18th annual event, the lineup is not merely infused, but drenched with some of our new favorites and old school idols. Check out the full roster of announced artists after the bounce, but I'm personally looking forward to seeing and hearing Ledisi, Esperanza Spalding, Laura Izibor, Cameo, Rachelle Ferrell and the reunited Groove Theory.
The tickets, which go on sale this Friday, March 6th at noon, are a bit pricey as usual (the cheapest seats starting at around fifty bucks), but the packed lineup should be well worth the dollars spent. The catch is that some of the most attractive features are spread across the festival's three days, so you may be there every day rather than just one. But, that's not that bad to experience that magnitude of talent.

Let's also pray for sunshine and blue skies that weekend, because unfortunately when it rains, the unpaved and grassy areas of the Merriweather Post Pavillion aren't the most pleasant to deal with. After my last time attending the
Capital Jazz Fest when I spent three days muddy and miserable due to the ongoing rain, my household nicknamed it "Mudfest." But even in those conditions, nothing can stop a good time, which is guaranteed to be had at the CJF.

FRIDAY, JUNE 4, 2010

[To Be Announced]


"G & Lee" featuring Lee Ritenour & Gerald Albright
Marcus Johnson
Esperanza Spalding
"Catch A Rising Star" (featuring B.K. Jackson, Althea Rene, Lin Rountree, & Phaze II)



The Family Stone
Laura Izibor

Johnny Gill

Down to the Bone with special guest Hil St. Soul

SUNDAY, JUNE 6, 2010

Kenny G
Rachelle Ferrell
Nick Colionne & Eric Darius
David Benoit
The Jeff Lorber Fusion (featuring Eric Marienthal & Jimmy Haslip)
"Catch A Rising Star" (featuring Brian Simpson, Tom Braxton, U-Nam, & The Urban Jazz Coalition)


The Brand New Heavies
Patrice Rushen
Groove Theory (featuring Amel Larrieux & Bryce Wilson)
Mint Condition
Naturally 7
[additional act TBA]

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4 Responses

  1. I saw the BNH when they were there in 08. They put on one great show. I hate that I have to miss it this year.

  2. This is a great looking lineup. But am I the only one who prefers jazzfests to focus on jazz? I guess it helps get more folks to attend, but more and more the festivals (including Montreal) are reducing jazz instrumentalists to showcase soul/rb singers.

  3. @anon, I feel you on that one. The line-ups nowadays are really stretching the boundaries between jazz and other forms of music. The one great thing that I love about that boundary-stretching though is that is requires the soul acts to really step it up in terms of including live instrumentation in their stage show. The musicianship is usually much higher at the jazz fests which makes the experience much richer, I think. But, I feel you all the way.

  4. It seems that this year looks similar to last year. Is this the capital jazz fest or r and b fest? I have participated in this event for many years,and I am disappointed this year in the line-up. Where is Peter White, Rick Braun, Richard Elliot, Johnathan Butler? Can we get more JAZZ please!


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