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New Vintage Jazz & Wine Festival

Saturday August 9th. 2:00 - 10:00 PM

Following the success of last year’s event, New Vintage Jazz & Wine Festival returns again this year to the Fairgrounds for its second edition. Come relax at at this beautiful outdoor venue across the street from Nationals Park, sample over a dozen world-class wines, experience the latest sounds in modern and classic jazz, and enjoy food from eight of DC’s well loved food trucks. This year's lineup includes Warren Wolf and Wolf Pack, the R&B and soul sounds of Soul Understated featuring Mavis 'Swan' and returning for a second year Funk Ark. Also performing is Allyn Johnson and Sonic Sanctuary, Lenny Robinson's Wayne Contingency, and Elijah Jamal Balbed Quintet.  Renowned wine producer Bobby Kacher presents a selection of 15 world class   wines curated specifically for the New Vintage Festival. Art Whino will add visual vibrancy and complexity to the event with a wine inspired art exhibit and live painting by artists participating in the show.  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 the proceeds will benefit the Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to raising funds and awareness for colon cancer treatment and prevention. 

Saturday August 9, 2014. 2:00 - 10:00 PM
Location: DC Fairgrounds (Directly in front of National Stadium) 
1299 Half Street, SE Washington, DC  20003
50 feet from the Greenline Navy Yard Nationals Ballpark Metro Stop

For more information about performances and to purchase tickets please visit:

New Vintage Website:
Purchase tickets here:

About the organizers:

Chris 4 Life

The principal goal of Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation is to permanently eliminate the threat of colon cancer through discovery of a cure.  As long as people are dying from this disease, we will be at the front lines of the fight.  To this end, we will fund cutting edge research so that the brightest minds and best institutions are empowered to cure colon cancer for good.  Until then, Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation is committed to significantly improving the treatment experience for patients and caregivers, and to dramatically raise awareness about colon cancer in general.  Chris4Life will utilize health and wellness as a means of integrating the mind, body and spirit in our approach. Working together we will build a culture of care and foster relationships with research institutions, advocacy groups, the health care community, and the general public.  Chris4Life four core values are Compassion, Empowerment, Perseverance, and Life.




CapitalBop is a website dedicated to promoting Washington, D.C.’s vibrant, varied and surprisingly under-appreciated jazz scene. This site is designed to help everyone from novices to hardcore bopheads find live music that will fit their preferences on any given night. CapitalBop offers a host of features that you won’t find anywhere else, from its comprehensive calendar of all the jazz going on in Washington to its  list of D.C. clubs complete with maps, profiles, contact information and essentials about pricing and food. CapitalBop also offers a catalog of local jazz musicians, and a steady stream of award-winning coverage — written articles and multimedia — on D.C. jazz music. In addition, CapitalBop produces live performances to showcase and stimulate the forward-focused creative thought that is occurring on the local jazz scene. At monthly D.C. Jazz Lofts, a variety of musicians present their music, which ranges across idioms — from acoustic to electric, bebop to free jazz. CapitalBop’s loft shows at the annual DC Jazz Festival have drawn praise from the Washington Post, the Washington City Paper, and DownBeat magazine.


Petworth Jazz Project

The Petworth Jazz Project, a 501(c)(3) entity, is preparing to begin its third successful season. The project, a public/private funded event, showcases the best in local jazz talent. All shows take place on the lawn at 8th and Taylor Streets N.W., in Washington D.C. and are free to attend. Performances have featured Kris Funn, Herb Scott, Nate Jolley, Noble Jolley, Veronneau, Donvonte McCoy, Akua Allrich, and the Bohemian Caverns Big Band, among others.

 Art Whino Gallery

Art Whino is a DC based art gallery whose mission is to bring together the pioneers and freshest talent from around the world. With over 1200 artists in the Art Whino arsenal, ranging from California to New  York, Germany to Japan and beyond, Art Whino has become an all encompassing force in the art world. Exhibitions cover the whole spectrum of new  art forms ranging from exposing emerging stencil and wheat pasting artists to showcasing the most skilled leaders of many different genres.

About the Artists:

Lakecia Benjamin

A streetwise New York City native born and raised in Washington Heights, Lakecia Benjamin has become one of the most highly sought-after players in soul and funk music. She first picked up the saxophone at Fiorello LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts, after which she joined the renowned jazz program at New York's New School University. By that time she was already playing with renowned jazz figures like Clark Terry and Reggie Workman, which led to gigs and tours with a wide array of artists such as Rashied Ali, the David Murray Big Band, Vanessa Rubin and James "Blood" Ulmer. With her deep jazz roots, she was soon in demand as an arranger and horn section leader, landing stints with such acclaimed artists as Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Macy Gray, the Roots, and Anita Baker. Currently, Benjamin is a featured musician and arranger for comedy star Craig Robinson and the Nasty Delicious. (Robinson, best known for his work on TV's The Office as well as such popular films as Pineapple Express and Hot Tub Time Machine, tours regularly with the Nasty Delicious band serving as the main foil in his popular comedy act). Benjamin has also had the honor of performing at the White House at President Obama’s inaugural ball. She’s performed on four continents and her extensive recording credits include saxophone and arrangements for Santigold, Maurice Brown, the Clark Terry Big Band, Krystle Warren and Talib Kweli, among others.

Soul Understated, feat. Mavis “Swan”

A Soul Understated is one of the rarest discoveries in music since Motown. The influences on their music are overwhelming and pleasurable all at once. With elements from EWF to Ella Fitzgerald, Donny Hathaway to Curtis Mayfield, and Sarah Vaughn to Count Basie, and even Hip-hop infused, their music spans across all genres.After many years of performing with various other artists, in 2008, St. Louis native Jeremy ‘BEAN’ Clemons and North Carolinas finest, Mavis ‘SWAN’ Poole, created Soul Understated. Since 2008, they have appeared at venues across the US, toured Russia, Ukraine, and collaborated with artist such as Nicholas Payton, Marc Cary, Dj mikeflo, and Brian Jackson.Soul Understated is set to release their debut Single “Same Ole Groove”.

The Funk Ark

This DC-based band has toured nationally over the past year, sharing bills with Grammy winners Rebirth Brass Band and Grupo Fantasma, as well as Thievery Corporation, Trombone Shorty, Chuck Brown, Keller Williams, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, STS9, Santigold, and more. The Funk Ark reached #1 at college radio in markets on both coasts and enjoyed significant success at CMJ 200 and CMJ World, in addition to strong showings at KCRW, KALX, and NPR, plus coverage from Relix, Billboard, and major-market media coast to coast.In under a year, The Funk Ark made their debut with ESL Music (“From the Rooftops,” produced by Eric Hilton of Thievery Corporation), toured both coasts, then cranked out an even tighter follow up album for ESL (“High Noon,” produced Adrian Quesada of Grupo Fantasma). This world funk ensemble has established itself as a force both in the studio and through their high-octane live performances, garnering a reputation as purveyors of gritty, soulful Afrobeat and big band funk.The DC-based band has toured nationally over the past year, sharing bills with Grammy winners Rebirth Brass Band and Grupo Fantasma, as well as Thievery Corporation, Trombone Shorty, Chuck Brown, Keller Williams, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, STS9, Santigold, and more. The Funk Ark reached #1 at college radio in markets on both coasts and enjoyed significant success at CMJ 200 and CMJ World, in addition to strong showings at KCRW, KALX, and NPR, plus coverage from Relix, Billboard, and major-market media coast to coast.Bandleader Will Rast is responsible for keyboard parts on the most recent Thievery Corporation release (“Culture of Fear”), and has performed with Mya, GZA, Ocote Soul Sounds, Federico Aubele, Brownout, and more.

Allyn Johnson & Sonic Sanctuary

Native Washingtonian, ALLYN JOHNSON, is a multi-talented musician, composer, arranger and producer whose trademark sound gives brilliance and fortitude to the art of jazz improvisation. Allyn, a prodigy who began playing piano at the tender age of five, got his start playing piano for the youth choir in his uncle's church. There he honed his inner musical gift.While a student at the University of the District of Columbia, Allyn was mentored by the late great jazz legend Calvin Jones, a venerable figure in the international jazz community. At UDC, Allyn was the first recipient of the Felix. E Grant Scholarship Award in jazz performance. He graduated magna cum laude from UDC in 1997 with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Jazz Studies. Now Allyn has served for more than six years as an adjunct professor of music and assistant director of the Jazz Studies program before succeeding Jones as the director in 2005. Allyn hopes to continue Jones' rich legacy of service, musicianship and academic excellence. Allyn is one of the nation's most sought after musicians in the jazz community. He is revered by musical giants as well as the "young lions" of his generation. He was chosen for the highly competitive Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program in 2001 and returned to teach in the program in 2002. As a composer-arranger, he has a growing library of works for ensembles of varying sizes and instrumentation. Allyn’s dedication to music and even more to the Lord, inspired him to create an ensemble fusing the sounds of gospel, blues, jazz and classical music all while giving God the glory. In 2005, Allyn’s vision became a reality and Divine Order was conceived. Divine Order is an ensemble of exceptionally gifted and talented instrumentalist and vocalists from the Washington metropolitan area. At any given time, this ensemble comprises string orchestra, brass, woodwind, rhythm sections and chorus. With the winds of the spirit of excellence, adoration, honor and power, Divine Order truly touches the soul.

Lenny Robinson’s Wayne Contingency

Born October 4, 1956, Lenny Robinson has become one of the foremost voices of the jazz at the drums. He grew up in Baltimore, Md. in a very rich musical environment. He played piano and organ in his father's church in his early teens. He also played trumpet in both junior high and high school. The love of percussion was felt in the ninth grade and the rest, as they say, is history.Lenny is the leader of The Lenny Robinson Group as well as the co-leader of Lenny Robinson andThreeForAll. He has an organ group called the "Organic Trio", which features Harry Appelman on organ and Marshall Keys on saxophone, and the piano-less quartet "Full Compass" which features Thadd Wilson on trumpet, Brian Settles on saxophone and Gavin Fallow on bass .He is also producing records for his production company Intrinsic Value Productions. Three For All's CD "Premonition" and Antonio Parker's "The Exchange" were the first two projects from this company dedicated to "producing great music from the inside out". The latest is the new CD "Songs I Like To Play", which features Andrew Adair on piano, Gavin Fallow on bass and has Bob Butta guest on piano for one selection.

Elijah Jamal Balbed Quintet

Saxophonist and composer Elijah Jamal Balbed is a native of Washington, D.C. and has been named Best Tenor Saxophonist (2013) and Best New Jazz Musician (2010) by the Washington City Paper. Elijah cites his many teachers and mentors that steered him in the right direction, to name a few, Joan Rackey, Paul Carr, Charlie Young, and Fred Foss. Balbed's credits reach beyond the district, having performed in cities across the United States, as well as four cities in Japan (Tokyo, Yokohama, Nagano, and Karuizawa). Elijah attended Howard University, where he was a featured soloist in the Howard University Jazz Ensemble (HUJE) and regular member of the HU Jazztet. As a student he appeared on five albums with the groups and performed with Bunky Green, McCoy Tyner, Pharoah Sanders, Bennie Maupin, and Larry Willis. In 2011, Balbed was given the rare opportunity to perform as a part-time band member for music legend and Godfather of Go-Go, the late Mr. Chuck Brown. He performed with Mr. Brown from May of 2011 until his death in May of 2012. Through his connection with the Godfather, Elijah was invited to New Orleans in 2012 to perform at Tipitinas with the Backyard Band (BYB) as a part of "HBO's Treme vs. The Wire: Battle of the Bands". BYB and Baltimore pianist Lafayette Gilchrist represented The Wire and NOLA-based bands Galactic and The Stooges represented Treme. The event was hosted by Wendell Pierce and Michael K. Williams, and coincidentally was just about a week before Chuck Brown passed.  For several years Balbed has been a resident artist at the legendary jazz club, Bohemian Caverns. In addition to being a charter member of the club's house band, the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra, he has served as Artist-in-Residence at the club in July, 2011 and in April, 2013. The first residency led to the recording of his debut album, Checking In, which has been critically acclaimed in the area. The title track awarded Elijah as a finalist in the 2013 International Songwriters Competition, and is also used as a jingle on DC’s only jazz radio station, WPFW.  Balbed performs along the East Coast with his own group, and was a recent participant in the Kennedy Center’s Betty Carter Jazz Ahead residency program, where he worked with and studied under Craig Handy, Jason Moran, Marc Cary, Carmen Lundy, Peven Everett, Nate Smith, and the late Dwayne Burno. Elijah recently finished a residency at Strathmore, which concluded with two public concerts and an educational workshop. During the residency, Elijah premiered a new band, the "JoGo Project", as well as recorded a new straight-ahead jazz album entitled "Lessons From the Streets". The album is expected to release in early 2015.

About the Wine:


Robert “Bobby” Kacher was born and raised in Florida. He came to Washington DC in 1971 and rather than attending college he received his wine education traveling the roads of France. He strapped on a backpack and headed to Europe with a desire to learn about winemaking by exploring France and its wine-producing regions.  While traveling Bobby discovered a lifestyle of wine, food, family and the vineyards and kitchens of France. This lifestyle captivated Bobby and it grew to become an all consuming passion. Impatient to pursue his newfound passion, Bobby returned to the States, settled in Washington, DC and got started working in a retail wine store where he learned that the personal interaction of connecting directly to the wine drinking consumer was what really excited him most about the wine business. “The most fun I ever had was visiting winemakers in France, hand selecting containers of wines, clearing them through importers and distributors back home, and selling them directly in container sales in the store,” says Kacher. After working as a consultant at Continental Liquors in Washington, DC Bobby became a top executive at World Shippers and Importers. Then, 30 years ago, he founded Robert Kacher Selections. His goal with the new company was to associate himself with the growers and producers who had both the passion and energy to strive to become among their country’s most renowned winemakers. During the first two decades of Robert Kacher Selections, Bobby spent almost half of each year in France, criss-crossing from region to region in an effort to select and help develop the finest portfolio of French boutique estate wines of any importer in the US. Through this hands-on approach of working side by side with growers and producers, Bobby was able to ensure the quality and authenticity of every wine in his collection. Bobby still works as a partner with the growers and winemakers in all aspects of viticulture and vinification, constantly pushing them to produce an even higher quality product. Some of the innovations he introduced to his growers and wine makers include lowering yields, using state-of-the-art trellising, green harvesting of fruit at ‘veraison’ (the point at which grapes start to change color), hand harvesting of fruit at the point of physiological ripeness (not analytical ripeness) and doing a triage (a sorting of the grapes to rid them of damaged fruit) as the fruit is harvested. Bobby’s dedication and passion for the wine business has resulted in numerous awards and accolades: Robert Parker named him “one of the 20 most influential wine personalities of the past 20 years.” In 2004 Bobby became Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite Agricole, one of only a handful of U.S. importers to ever receive the prestigious honor. Bobby remains as passionate to developing great wines for his portfolio today as when he started in 1985, claiming, “I don’t sleep at night when we have less than superior bottling.

Our wine list at the New Vintage Festival comes from the portfolio of Robert Katcher Selections. Below is a full listing of what we’ll have on hand for tasting at the Fairgrounds:

Domaine de Pouy   Domaine Tariquet   Classic Tariquet S/B Grande Cassagne Rose  Petite Cassagne Rose  Mas Bressades Rose  Lalande S/B   Gournier Merlot  Brunel cdr   St. Eugenie Les Clos   Inacayal Pinot Grigio  Furque Malbec   Domaine des Corbillieres Touraine s/b   Guiot Grenache/Sy  Tariquet Chardonnay   

About the Art 

Participating Artists In The New Vintage Art Exhibit:  

Diana Cruz 
Jared Davis
Nightmare Mikey
Tim Rodgers
Toobz noel