capital jazz festThis years Capital Jazz Fest marks it’s 17th year.  With a stellar line up, the nearly sold out event which will take place June 5-7th at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland, boasts a must see line up. 

 The Pavilion Jazz Stage will be graced by Chaka Khan as well as S.M.V. (bass virtuosos Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller and Victor Wooten), George Duke, Al Jarreau, Lalah Hathaway, Fourplay, Norman Brown, Roy Ayers, Will Downing, Kirk Whalum, Pieces of a Dream with special guest Phil Perry, Guitars & Saxes (f/ Jeff Lorber, Euge Groove, Jeff Golub and lady saxophone newcomer Jessy J), Regina Belle, Marion Meadows and trumpeter Joey Sommerville.

Meanwhile on The Soul Stage at Symphony Woods (a.k.a. “The Party Stage”), R&B lovers will be treated to a double dose of divas: the 20th anniversary reunion of “The Funky Divas” – all four original members of En Vogue (Terry Ellis, Cindy Heron, Maxine Jones and the returning Dawn Robinson) – as well as the soulful new all-star trio “The Underground Divas” (Maysa of Incognito, N’Dea Davenport of The Brand New Heavies and Caron Wheeler from the original Soul II Soul). Also sprinkling the smooth R&B flavor will be Peabo Bryson, Angie Stone, Rahsaan Patterson, Leela James, Gary Taylor, Raheem DeVaughn, Anthony David & Mike Phillips, singer/saxophonist Pete Belasco, English duo Swing Out Sister, and Atlanta duo Daysahead.

If your in this area, this is something you definitely do not want to miss!

What Music festivals are you looking forward to in your town?