Show announcement | New Vintage Jazz & Wine Fest: Amazing talent & wine at the Fairgrounds!

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Hey CapitalBop fans – today we’re introducing D.C.’s first jazz and wine festival, and the biggest single day of music we’ve ever presented! On Saturday, Aug. 24, come relax at the Fairgrounds, a beautiful outdoor venue across the street from Nationals Park; sample over a dozen world-class wines; and experience the latest sounds in modern and classic jazz. Tickets are on sale now.

The New Vintage Jazz & Wine Festival runs from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Aug. 24, with live music from a wide swath of talent: electric-acoustic guitar whiz Rafiq Bhatia, who hails from New York City and has recently drawn praise from the New York Times, Pitchfork and The Fader; the Funk Ark, an Afrobeat dance ensemble from D.C.; Donvonte McCoy, an innovative trumpeter and bandleader merging jazz, go-go and funk, who has headlined every weekend at Eighteenth Street Lounge since 2006; Todd Marcus, a Baltimorean clarinetist whose latest album made NPR’s top 10 of 2012 list; and Christie Dashiell, a rising star vocalist who recently headlined at the Kennedy Center Jazz Club and performed on NBC. Internationally renowned, locally-based favorites Kris Funn & Corner Store and Tarus Mateen round out the slate of stellar musicians, curated and presented by CapitalBop.

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As a strong supporter of the arts and community involvement in Washington, D.C., Art Whino will add visual vibrancy and complexity to the event, with two live painting stations where artists will create large scale pieces for silent auction. Throughout the day, these pieces will evolve into finished works contributing to the sensory experience of the festival and fostering the innate relationship between art and music.

A portion of proceeds from the New Vintage Jazz and Wine Fest will go to the Chris4Life Foundation. This organization was created in memory of Christine Madelyn Antonelli whose perseverance in her fight inspired her family to create this foundation. Its mission is to eradicate colon cancer through developments in cutting edge research. Its four core values are Compassion, Empowerment, Perseverance, and Life. The organization has chosen to partner with the New Vintage Jazz and Wine Fest, an excellent way to celebrate living life to the fullest and embracing the spontaneity of the moment – while supporting a crucially important cause.

Tickets are available at a range of price points. Some of them include wine tastings, and VIP access, while others will just get you in to hear the music.

Festival details
Saturday, August 24th, from 2pm-10pm
DC Fairgrounds (Directly in front of Nationals Park)
1299 Half Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003

The artists will perform at the following times:
2:30 – Tarus Mateen
3:15 – Kris Funn & Corner Store
4:15 – Todd Marcus Quartet
5:15 – Christie Dashiell Quartet
6:15 – Donvonte McCoy Quartet, Feat. Heidi Martin
7:15 – The Funk Ark
8:30 – Rafiq Bhatia

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More about the Music
The New Vintage Jazz & Wine Fest celebrates the latest innovations in jazz, an art form that – like wine – grows ever more complex and rewarding as it matures. The festival’s inaugural edition spotlights a variety of talents: rising home-grown artists like Christie Dashiell, Donvonte McCoy and Kris Funn, who refract jazz through the lens of modem hip-hop and R&B; experimenters at the vanguard of straight-ahead jazz like Tarus Mateen and Todd Marcus; the infectious Afrobeat band Funk Ark; and Rafiq Bhatia, one of New York City’s most buzzed-about new jazz talents.

CapitalBop and the Petworth Jazz Project have each been hosting free and low-cost jazz performances around the city for the past three years, spreading the music to thousands of local listeners, both fans and newcomers. They’ve hosted artists ranging from the world-famous Karriem Riggins to Peter Brötzmann to Marc Cary, plus local talents Donvonte McCoy, Kris Funn and Brian Settles. The New Vintage Fest is the biggest single event that these presenters have undertaken, and it features the broadest array of world-class local jazz talent on a single day that the city has seen in years.



Giovanni Russonello

About Giovanni Russonello

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Giovanni is the founder of CapitalBop, and a music critic for the New York Times. He previously served as a contributor to the Washington Post, the FADER, JazzTimes, NPR Music and others, and hosted “On the Margin,” a books show on WPFW-FM. As head of CapitalBop, he has covered the D.C. jazz scene since 2010. (He is no longer directly involved in the presenting of CapitalBop's concerts.) He graduated from Tufts University with a bachelor’s degree in history, with a focus on African-American history. Reach Giovanni at Read him at or Follow him on Twitter at @giorussonello.

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