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. Started in 1993, this multi-day, multi-stage outdoor music festival, which attracts music lovers from 44 states, is more than just a concert, it’s an event! It’s a place to people-watch, eat, drink, shop, mingle, relax, soak in the rays, and of course hear some of the coolest music performed by artists whom you won’t see anywhere else in the Washington-Baltimore area this summer.

In-between musical sets, enjoy fine art and crafts at the Festival Marketplace, culinary treats at the food court, plus artist workshops and meet & greets. And after the show, check out the late night after-parties. Black Sense is not the promoter of the festival, but their poster is stunning.

Talent Lineup
June 1-3, 2012

Updated on March 13, 2012
FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 2012
7:30pm – 10:30pm
(Gates open 6:30pm)

Hosted by Will Downing

An Evening with Anita Baker

plus special surprise guest comedian


10:30pm-1:30am at The Marriott BWI Hotel

Mix & Mingle Reception

12 noon – 10pm
(Gates open 10am)

Hosted by Will Downing

George Benson

Kirk Whalum featuring Kevin Whalum


Peter White

Euge Groove

Afro Blue Vocal Band (finalist from “The Sing-Off” television show)

Gerald Veasley presents “The Sound of Philadelphia”

featuring Walter Beasley, Maysa, Nick Colionne, & Carol Riddick

“Catch A Rising Star” Showcase – Part I

featuring Frank McComb and Cindy Bradley

Hosted by Tony Richards

Musiq Soulchild

Stephanie Mills

Kenny Lattimore

Steve Arrington

Tower of Power

Valerie Simpson’s Tribute to Nick Ashford

featuring the music of Ashford & Simpson


10:30pm-3:00am at The Marriott BWI Hotel

Late Night Dance Party & Jam

Come eat, drink, dance, and mingle with Capital Jazz fans from across the country!

SUNDAY, JUNE 3, 2012
12 noon – 10pm
(Gates open 10am)

Hosted by Will Downing


India Arie

Marion Meadows

Paul Taylor

Jessy J

Spyro Gyra

Naturally 7

Walter Beasley

“Catch A Rising Star” Showcase – Part II

featuring Jackiem Joyner and Al Turner

Hosted by Tony Richards

Charlie Wilson

K.C. & The Sunshine Band

Marsha Ambrosius

Jeffrey Osborne

Anthony David

The Foreign Exchange

The 20th annual Capital Jazz Fest will take place on June 1-3, 2012.

Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia, Maryland


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