Sights & Soul: Three Days of Heat in the DMV !

Angie Stone, Rahsaan Patterson, Raheem DeVaughn and Natalie Cole are among those who will bring heat to the DMV (District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia) at this year’s three day Capital Jazz Fest !

Set to take place in Columbia, Maryland June 5 – 7, the Capital Jazz Fest will not only feature some of the best in jazz, R&B, soul and classic music but the reunion of funky-soul divas En Vogue !

Reuniting for the Capital Jazz Fest, the original four members (Terry Ellis, Cindy Herron, Maxine Jones and Dawn Robinson) of En Vogue will celebrate the 20th anniversary of their group while also sharing the same stage as Leela James, Peabo Bryson, Anthony David & Mike Phillips, Maysa and many more.

In its 17th year, the Capital Jazz Fest is bound to be one of the most sought after events this summer. Not only will the festival feature two stages but over twenty-five acts back to back !

In addition to checking out the Capital Jazz Fest, which also makes for a great three day weekend getaway, you may want to take a trip over to Washington D.C. and pay a visit to President Barack Obama, the White House and the historical sights along the Washington Mall.

If you’ve had enough of the Washington Mall however, take a day trip over to one of the areas many wineries and vineyards for an afternoon tour and wine tasting. Some of the world’s most interesting wines can be found at attractions such as Elk Run Vineyards, Frederick Cellars, Loew Vineyards, and Penn Oaks Winery (reservations are recommended).

Wine not your thing ?

You may want to try out the Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Culture Center where you’ll be able to experience the life and music of legendary musicians Billie Holiday, Cab Calloway and of course Eubie Blake.

Lastly, you can’t talk about Maryland and the remainder of the DMV without mentioning food — especially seafood. Not only is seafood, mainly blue crab, fresh due to nearby Chesapeake Bay but many restaurants are historic and a few famous for their unique cuisine.

For more on dining and attractions see the helpful links listing below.

With all of the above said, let’s break down the Capital Jazz Fest:


Event: 17th Capital Jazz Fest
Where: Columbia, Maryland
Venue: Merriweather Post Pavilion
When: June 5 – 7, 2009
Time: Shows start: Friday at 7:30pm; Saturday at 12:00pm; Sunday at 12:00pm.
Tickets: On sale now via Ticketmaster
** Buy a three day pass before May 1st and save around 10% off.

Other Appearances: Natalie Cole, George Duke, Al Jarreau, Norman Brown, Fourplay, Lalah Hathaway, S.M.V. featuring Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller, & Victor WootenKirk, Whalum, Regina Belle, Roy Ayers, Angie Stone, Gary Taylor, En Vogue, Will Downing, The Underground Divas, Marion Meadows, Raheem DeVaughn, Swing Out Sister, Pieces of a Dream with special guest Phil Perry, Joey Sommerville, Rahsaan Patterson, Daysahead, Peabo Bryson, Pete Belasco, Guitars & Saxes, Leela James, and Anthony David & Mike Phillips.

(*subject to change)

Friday, June 5, 2009

Merriweather Post Pavilion
7:30pm – Gates open 6:30pm
Pavilion Jazz Stage
Special guest host Alonzo Bodden

In order of appearance:


Natalie Cole


Saturday, June 6, 2009 (*two stages)

Merriweather Post Pavilion
12 noon – 10pm
(gates open 10am)
Pavilion Jazz Stage

12:00 Joey Sommerville

1:30 Marion Meadows
3:00 Regina Belle
4:30 Roy Ayers

6:00 Norman Brown
7:30 George Duke
9:00 Will Downing

Soul Stage at Symphony Woods
Hosted by Tony Richards

12:30 Daysahead
2:00 Leela James

3:30 Rahsaan Patterson
5:00 Swing Out Sister
6:30 Raheem DeVaughn

8:00 The Underground Divas (featuring Maysa, N’dea Davenport, & Caron Wheeler)

Sunday, June 7, 2009
Merriweather Post Pavilion

12 noon – 10pm

Gates open 10am

Pavilion Jazz Stage
Special guest host Alonzo Bodden

12:00 Guitars & Saxes (featuring Jeff Lorber, Euge Groove, Jeff Golub, & Jessy J)

2:00 Pieces of a Dream with special guest Phil Perry
4:00 Lalah Hathaway
5:30 S.M.V. (featuring Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller, & Victor Wooten)

7:30 Kirk Whalum

9:00 Al Jarreau

Soul Stage at Symphony Woods
Hosted by Tony Richards

12:30 Pete Belasco

1:45 Anthony David & Mike Phillips

3:30 Gary Taylor
5:00 Angie Stone

6:30 Peabo Bryson

8:00 En Vogue

* subject to change, please visit Capital Jazz for updated times and or any changes in line up.


Washington D.C. is blessed with so many monuments, memorials, and attractions to see and we have created a detailed one page guide. The in-depth guide covers them all with everything travelers need to know about the sights.

You can see it here:
Washington D.C. Guide

Visit – attractions, events, tours. – the official tourism site for Washington D.C.
Capital Jazz Fest – official site for tickets and more information
Washingtonian – 100 best restaurants in the DC, Maryland, Virginia area.

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—— By: Njai Joszor


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