1800 Half St. SW
CapitalBop returns to the DC Jazz Festival on June 8 with present::futures, the most talent-packed single show in this DIY organization’s history. Six of the most forward-thinking acts in music will appear across two stages, surrounded by visual art and pop-up vendors selling homemade food and drink.
For 2019, CapitalBop has opted to compress its usual run of concerts at the DC JazzFest into one jam-packed, evening-long celebration of musical innovation, with live painting, food, drink and more.
Headlining the festival are separate bands led by West Coast singer/songwriter/emcee Georgia Anne Muldrow and New York-based drummer/bandleader Justin Brown. Muldrow is a prolific performer with an uncommonly deep catalogue, including multiple collaborations with rap legend Madlib, and she has recently broken into the mainstream with the release of her most recent album, Overload.
Brown, a giant of modern jazz who plays with Thundercat, Ambrose Akinmusire, Esperanza Spalding and others, is one of the most important emerging artists in music today. His debut album as a leader, NYEUSI, has turned heads and drawn attention from music writers and fans all over the world.
Miles Okazaki, one of the most distinctive young guitarists alive, gained a new level of attention last year when he released WORK, a six-disc album featuring his interpretations of every song in Thelonious Monk’s catalogue.
Saxophonist Brent Birckhead, a D.C. native now living in New York, is riding the momentum of his acclaimed debut release, BIRCKHEAD. Composer, clarinetist and vocalist Angel Bat Dawid also released her debut album this year, The Oracle, and has earned praise from such press outlets as Pitchfork and Rolling Stone. Other deep-thinking DMV mainstays, including Jamal Moore’s Organix Trio and DJ John Murph, will round out the evening’s lineup.
The event takes place at the Sandlot Southwest, an open, outdoor space located just south of Audi Stadium at Buzzard Point, at 1800 Half St. SW. Doors open at 6:30, directly preceded by an hour-long meet-and-greet for package and VIP ticket-holders. Tickets are $18 early advance (before May 27), $25 advance and $30 at the door; students get $5 off the price of their admission. Special ticket packages are available for $40, and VIP-level reserved seating for donors starts at $100. The show is all-ages.
5:30 PM: VIP meet-and-greet
6:30 PM: Doors
7:15 PM: Angel Bat Dawid (stage 2)
7:30 PM: Brent Birckhead (stage 1)
8:15: Miles Okazaki (stage 2)
9:15 PM: Justin Brown’s Nyeusi (stage 1)
10:15 PM: Jamal Moore’s Organix Trio (stage 2)
11:00 PM: Georgia Anne Muldrow (stage 1)