Each year in early June, tens of thousands of music lovers from throughout the country flock to the suburbs of Washington, D.C. to attend this weekend of cool jazz and soul — The Capital Jazz Fest. This festival is a multi-day, multi-stage outdoor music festival, which attracts music lovers from all over the country. Be it that this was my first year, I was a tad bit overwhelmed by the amount of people who attended the event. LOADS OF PEOPLE!!!
This festival wasn’t only a concert, it was a huge event where you can go shopping at the vendor booths, buy different kinds of food (BONUS POINTS FOR HAVING VEGAN FOOD VENDORS!), listen to different types of music, reconnect with people you haven’t seen since last year, and just enjoy living life.
Due to my schedule, I was only able to attend one day event and one night event. Conya Doss scatted on the microphone, Frank McComb sang songs only his true fans would know, and Nao Yoshioka proved why she is considered the Japanese Alicia Keys (which in all honesty I believe her to be her own artist so look out for her).
One of my favorite artist Lalah Hathaway graced the mic with her contralto voice. Her band was phenomenal and I can’t even describe how her guitarist ripped those strings in his solo.
At the Capital Jazz Fest is where I was introduced to the music of Raul Midon, a one-man band who turns a guitar into an orchestra. I heard him turn his voice into a trumpet as he played the guitar.
Eric Roberson had a set tat seemed to last forever, but no one was complaining. (LET THE MAN SANG!) He worked the audience like it was a family reunion and sung a melody of hits. The crowd (women) hung on every melody that flowed through him.
In all for the time I was there it was a wonderful experience except for the day of rain, but the party went on rain or shine.