The New Vintage Jazz and Wine Fest had fans groovin’, on a Saturday afternoon.
No baseball games were scheduled on Saturday, August 24, but there were plenty of fans milling around the Fairgrounds (a.k.a. The Bull Pen), the black-top courtyard of shipping containers that usually houses Nats fans boozing it up before and after baseball games.
On this particular day, about 2,000 Washingtonians trekked out, not for an afternoon of that great American pastime, but for jazz at the New Vintage Jazz & Wine Festival, presented by CapitalBop, Art Whino, Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation and Petworth Jazz Project.
Some came to hear local favorites like Afrobeat band The Funk Ark (who had the crowd going in a conga line — you know it’s a party when a conga line snakes its way through the crowd), while others stayed into the night for the headlining act, Brooklyn’s Rafiq Bhatia with his electronic-infused sound, complete with an Apple laptop onstage, not to mention the other bands (seven total) throughout the day. Others came to sample the wine — it was a wine tasting after all. With more than a dozen wines to try, oenophiles weren’t disappointed. Live painting located on either side of the stage and additional music from DJ Rich “The Unknown” Patterson rounded out a lovely way to wind down summer with fall just around the corner.
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, featuring Heidi Martin
7:15 – The Funk Ark
8:30 – Rafiq Bhatia