With the summer festival season just getting going, CapitalBop is proud to be partnering this Saturday with the Home Rule Music Festival, an exciting new FREE outdoor festival bringing a mind-boggling lineup of jazz, funk and go-go greats to the Parks at Walter Reed.
HR Fest is taking a mixed-media approach to the radical Black musical traditions of Washington, D.C. (not unlike the fall festival CB launched last year, NEXTfest). In addition to live music from afternoon till night, there will be a record fair, vendors and visual artists, plus a film screening at the end.
Things start at 3 p.m. and go until dark, closing with a premiere screening of Black Fire: The Documentary, a short film created by HR Records. In the afternoon and early evening, there’s performances from go-go legends in the making and boucebeat innovators TCB; pianist, multi-instrumentalist and avant-garde jazz icon Doug Carn; and Richmond-based jazz-funk ensemble and NEXTfest veterans Plunky and Oneness of Juju. CapitalBop is proud to be presenting a special D.C. premiere performance by the great David Murray’s Octet Revival.
A bit about that presentation:
The David Murray Octet was one of the most venerated jazz ensembles in the world during the 1980s and ’90s. With the Octet Revival, the saxophonist who was once dubbed the “musician of the decade” by the Village Voice is bringing back what was then his flagship band. This time, he’s got an entirely new lineup of young side musicians. The original octet lineup included greats like Henry Threadgill, Butch Morris, George Lewis and Anthony Davis. He crafted the Octet Revival project in the spirit of the ecumenical worship tents he remembers visiting as a child in the Bay Area. He is taking a fresh, ancestrally rooted look at the old octet repertoire, developing and expanding upon what is now a four-decade ensemble history of music.
The Home Rule Music Festival is presented and produced by our friends at HR Records, a vinyl shop on Kennedy Street that specializes in classic funk, soul, jazz and rock vinyl, and by the HR Music & Film Preservation Foundation. Black Fire Records, a historic D.C. record label co-founded by James “Plunky” Branch and Jimmy Gray, is also a partner.
Join us in the park this weekend!
The performance of the David Murray Octet, presented in collaboration with Arts for Art, Inc. and Eastside Arts Alliance, is supported by Presenter Consortium for Jazz, a program of Chamber Music America, funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
This engagement of the David Murray Octet is made possible through the Special Presenter Initiatives program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.