New Vintage Grooves - August 24, 2013

Introducing D.C.’s first jazz and wine festival! 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.

The New Vintage Jazz & Wine Festival runs from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., with live music from 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 electric-acoustic guitar whiz Rafiq Bhatia, who hails from NewYork City and has recently drawn praise from the New York Times, Pitchfork and The Fader. Kris Funn & Corner Store, Tarus Mateen and Christie Dashiell round out the slate of local favorites.  

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 live painting during the event.  There will be two large 8'x20' pieces on either side of the stage as well as stations where artists will create smaller 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.
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