[UPDATE 6/14/22]: Blue Note Jazz Festival has added a third day to its inaugural Napa Valley event due to overwhelming demand. Blue Note Jazz Festival’s first ever outdoor, multi-day, multi-stage event will now begin at Charles Krug Winery on Friday, July 29th and run through out the weekend.
The newly added Friday lineup at Blue Note Jazz Festival Napa Valley will feature Chaka Khan, Kamasi Washington, Madlib, Chris Dave & The Drumhedz, Kenny Garrett, Alex Isley, DOMi & J.D. Beck, Kiefer + Amber (of Moonchild), Marcus Strickland Twi-Life, and DJ Jahi Sundance.
For the festival’s daily performance by artist-in-residence Robert Glasper, the Friday, July 29th audience in Napa Valley will witness a performance by Dinner Party featuring Terrace Martin and Robert Glasper with Kamasi Washington and Snoop Dogg.
“Following the initial sell-out response from our two-day festival lineup in a matter of hours, we’re thrilled to announce a third festival date for the Blue Note Jazz Festival, Napa,” says Director of Programming and Talent Buyer Alex Kurland.
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“This third date features a jaw-dropping and exclusive headline collaboration between Snoop Dogg performing with Robert Glasper, Kamasi Washington and Terrace Martin as Dinner Party. We’ve strived to present a pure concentration of greatness and culturally meaningful artistry — from the legendary Chaka Kahn, and jazz icon Kenny Garrett, to the prolific producer Madlib — we have extraordinary artists and creators gracing the festival airwaves drawing from the inspiration, stylistic influence and vibe of Robert Glasper.”
Check out the full, three-day lineup for the inaugural Blue Note Jazz Festival Napa Valley below. Tickets for Friday, July 29th at Blue Note Jazz Festival Napa go on sale Thursday, June 16th at 12:00 p.m. PT here. Saturday and Sunday tickets are sold out, though a small allotment of tickets have been set aside for patrons who purchase Wine Train Platinum VIP experiences. For more information, head here.
[4/22/22]: Blue Note Jazz Festival will expand to the West Coast with its first ever outdoor, multi-day and multi-stage event at Charles Krug Winery in California’s Napa Valley on July 30th and 31st. Hosted by comedian Dave Chappelle, the festival will showcase Napa Valley food and wine culture and feature keyboardist Robert Glasper as artist-in-residence.
The festival’s lineup will include Maxwell, yasiin bey & Talib Kweli reuniting as Black Star, Thundercat, Maurice “Mobetta” Brown featuring Anderson.Paak, Flying Lotus, The Soul Rebels featuring GZA & Talib Kweli, Corinne Bailey Rae, Domi & JD Beck, Chief Adjuah (formerly Christian Scott), Derrick Hodge, Th1rt3en (Pharoahe Monch, Daru Jones & Marcus Machado), Butcher Brown, Isaiah Sharkey, and more. A late-night after-party on Saturday, July 30th will feature DJ sets from DJ Jazzy Jeff and DJ Lo Down Loretta Brown aka Erykah Badu.
Blue Note Jazz Festival Napa Valley will take place after both New York’s Blue Note Jazz Festival, which will hold its 11th iteration this year with performances at different venues throughout the month of June, and the festival’s Miami Beach Pop-Up, also in June. Unlike the decentralized festival in New York, the Napa Valley version will take place in one location on three stages over two days, creating an environment ripe for collaborations between artists.
The festival draws inspiration from artist-in-residence Robert Glasper’s residencies at Blue Note Jazz Club in New York.
“The idea for the Blue Note Jazz Festival Napa Valley came out of Robert Glasper’s month long residency at the Blue Note New York, held each October and dubbed Robtober,” says Blue Note Entertainment Group President Steven Bensusan. “Glasper curates a month of shows and collaborations spanning across the genres of jazz, R&B, hip hop, soul, and comedy resulting in impromptu performances by celebrities and unannounced special guests. It is our plan to create an outdoor festival style version of Robtober in the spirit of a traditional jazz festival featuring spontaneous collaborations and once in a lifetime improvised performances.”
On tap to sit in during Glasper’s set, which will be hosted by Dave Chappelle, are Erykah Badu, Ledisi, D Smoke, Terrace Martin, and BJ the Chicago Kid. Many more sit-ins and musical cross-pollination are to be expected.
The festival will offer food by local restaurants, wine tasting experiences, and other VIP add-ons.
Two-day passes, priced at $385 for General Admission and $850 for VIP go on sale Tuesday, April 26th at noon PT. View the complete lineup below, and for more information and to purchase tickets, click here.