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Capital Jazz festival revs up the stage at Merriweather Post

Friday - 6/7/2013, 6:58am  ET

Lalah Hathaway will perform at the Capital Jazz Fest this weekend in Columbia, Md. (Photo by Duif du Toit/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

30 bands, two stages

WTOP's Tim Bracken reports.


WASHINGTON - This weekend, the Capital Jazz Fest takes over Merriweather Post Pavilion with more than 30 bands on two stages.

During the past 20 years, the festival has seen a steady increase in notoriety and attendance. According to the official website, tens of thousands of music fans are expected throughout this year's three-day run.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the Pavilion Stage will feature contemporary jazz and adult contemporary while the Soul Stage will feature classic and alternative soul. Although one of the headliners, Chaka Khan, has canceled her performance due to doctor's orders, there are plenty of other national acts to satisfy concertgoers.

The lineup includes:

  • Will Downing
  • Dave Koz
  • Eric Benét
  • Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds
  • Marcus Miller
  • Kim Waters
  • Ronny Jordan
  • Lalah Hathaway
  • The Ohio Players
  • Gerald Albright & Norman Brown
  • Chanté Moore
  • The Whispers
  • Ken Ford
  • Angie Stone

Click here for the full lineup.

Keep in mind this is a full festival experience, with lots of food options, arts and crafts and even artist workshops.

The official website is also promoting a late-night dance party scheduled for 10:30 p.m. Saturday at the Marriott BWI Airport Hotel in Linthicum.

The after-party will feature live jazz from Fo/Mo/Deep and old school R&B from DJ Claude.

Tickets for the Saturday night event can be purchased here.

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