Blue Note Entertainment Group has announced the lineup for its second Blue Note Jazz Festival Napa, curated by Grammy Award winner Robert Glasper and hosted by award-winning comedian Dave Chappelle.
The smalltown festival will be held at Silverado Resort in Napa, CA, on July 28–30, 2023. Three-day general admission and VIP passes are on sale now at https://www.bluenotejazz.com/jazz-festival-napa/.
Myriad cultural icons will be featured in celebration of jazz’s ubiquitous influence in conjunction with the momentous 50th anniversary of hip-hop.
Among those artists inspired by the spirit of jazz are esteemed headliners Mary J. Blige, Nas (whose father Olu Dara was a leading avant garde trumpeter on New York’s loft jazz scene in the 70s), and Chance the Rapper.
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Blue Note Jazz Fest Napa offers a rare opportunity for audiences to experience the music of mammoth names in entertainment live and up close.
“Like a blue note in music– which has a slightly different pitch– our festival has a unique tone by presenting big-name artists in small, intimate spaces,” said Steven Bensusan, president of Blue Note Entertainment Group. “You won’t find any other festival like this.”
Also unique is the lineup itself, which has been curated to appeal to audiences across generations. In addition to Blue Note artist-in-residence and Glasper, the list of performers nents includes Parliament Funkadelic featuring George Clinton, Digable Planets, Ari Lennox, Big Freedia, Cordae and more.
Festival afterparties will showcase the talents of DJs including 9th Wonder, DJ Trauma, DJ Jazzy Jeff, J.Period, and DJ Pee .Wee (Anderson .Paak). Fitting for the occasion of hip-hop’s 50th birthday, the sets will be all-vinyl.
“I want to make sure the guests and the performers have unique experiences,” said Glasper. “The festival, like my Blue Note residency, is full of unexpected jams and surprises during one huge musical family reunion with artists and an audience that share a love of the arts.”