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Jazz around town: February 14-16, 2014

For those brave enough (better yet, for those able) to step out into the snow this weekend there is a lot of great music happening around the metro area that will surely offer a nice distraction.

Akua Allrich will perform a Valentine's Day program at Bohemian Caverns
photo by J. Asukile Allrich

Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival- Hilton Hotel; (Friday-Monday, February 14-17, 2014); all day; tickets: $15-$205

Beginning today (Friday, February 14, 2014), the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival will take over the city of Rockville. More than fifty artists and groups will perform, host master classes and clinics, and sit for interviews tonight through Monday at the Hilton Hotel and Executive Meeting Center on Rockville Pike. Artists scheduled to perform include Vanessa Rubin, Freddy Cole, Christian McBride, Delfeayo Marsalis, Giacomo Gates, Gary Bartz, Benny Golson, Frank Lacy, Javon Jackson, Bobby Watson, Steve Turre, Heidi Martin, Allyn Johnson, Chris Grasso, Kenny Rittenhouse, Sharon Clark, Reginald Cyntje, US Airforce Airmen of Note, and Paul Carr.

Started by the late vocalist/vocal educator Ms. Ronnie Wells in 1992, the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival began as the East Coast Jazz Festival. The festival continued until Ms. Wells passed away in 2007. The festival reemerged in February 2010 and has flourished ever since.

Single show and weekend passes are still available. For a look at the schedule and for ticket information, go to

Also performing this weekend:

Akua Allrich- Bohemian Caverns (tonight & Saturday, February 14-15, 2014); show times: 8pm & 10:30pm; tickets: $30 general admission or $70 with 3 course meal;

Vocalist Akua Allrich will bring her famed Valentine’s Day program to Bohemian Caverns. Sharing the stage with her this weekend are bassist Kris Funn, drummer Carroll Dashiel III, pianist Mark Meadows (Friday) and Sam Prather (Saturday), and flutist Jamal Brown.

Angelique Kidjo- Lisner Auditorium (Sunday, February 16, 2014); show time: 7pm; tickets: $30-$45;

Entertainer extraordinaire Angelique Kidjo will perform this Sunday at George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium. The Grammy Award winning vocalist performs music that uplifts the soul and inspires change. And, if you’re not in the mood for being uplifted or inspired, Kidjo’s show will make you dance in your seat!

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