Sunday, December 10, 2023

Ninth Annual Winter Blues Jazz Festival has a New Home

Victor Haskins (Photo by Tania del Carmen Fernandez)

WILLIAMSBURG — The Winter Blues Jazz Festival returns for its ninth year, bringing four days of live music to the new William & Mary Alumni House Jan. 13-16. 

Local non-profit CultureFix noted it is doing things differently this year by starting the event on a Friday and continuing through Monday morning for a entertaining weekend full of music and educational programs.

CultureFix said there will be options available to suit all tastes and budgets.

(Winter Blues Jazz Fest/CultureFix)

The festival kicks off at the Alumni House on Friday, Jan. 13, with Kadencia, an Afro-Puerto Rican fusion band at 7 p.m. Following is a late-night event with Harris Simon.

Saturday, Jan. 14, Victor Haskins hosts a morning workshop, followed by three afternoon performances by singer and songwriters: Jacob Vanko, Kyle Davies, and Mads Overy.

Saturday’s Signature Event which will feature the MF Big Band at 7 p.m., and attendees will have a choice of late night performances: Jordan Ponzi at Culture Cafe or Michael Hawkins and the Brotherhood at the Alumni House.

Attendees will have options for Sunday’s Jazz Brunch: New Orleans Jazz at Culture Cafe , or the Liz Terrell Band at the Williamsburg Winery. Sunday afternoon will feature the Hot Club of Baltimore and the evening is rounded out with local Musician Sam Rucker.

This year, CultureFix continues the celebration into the holiday with a Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., free and open to the public at the William & Mary Alumni House. Attendees will experience a live musical performance by Victor Haskins that honors King’s life at 10 a.m.

Tickets are available for purchase on the Jazz Festival’s official web page. Prices vary based on the event or for a general 4-day pass. Additional information about events can be found on the website, as well.

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