Beer and Jazz
Hold onto your hats, cats and kittens! It’s time again for the highlight of Cape May’s Spring kick-off: the Exit Zero Jazz Festival, and Cape May Brewing Co. has once again signed on as the exclusive beer sponsor of the festival, with a whole new brew making its debut.
Taking over Cape May for two weekends each spring and fall, the Exit Zero Jazz Festival has got it goin’ on. You can see some of the biggest names in jazz at Convention Hall, the Schmidtchen Theater at Lower Cape May Regional High School, at the Shackleton Playhouse, and at some of the coolest bars and clubs in town.
And we love being a part of it.
“For the seventh year in a row, Cape May Brewing Co. is proud to be the exclusive beer sponsor of the Exit Zero Jazz Festival,” Ryan says. “For two weekends each year, the festival gets Cape May’s toes tapping to some of the best music around.”
And check out that CMBC Hops Pass! For only $58, you’ll get first-come, first-served entry to all of the club venues of the festival: Cabanas, Carney’s, Carney’s Other Room, Iron Pier Craft House, and the Rusty Nail, all of whom will be pouring CMBC brews, including the star of the festival: Harmonic Rhythm.
Making its debut this year, Harmonic Rhythm is a cocktail-inspired, Belgian-style ale. Muddled lime, vodka, and ginger beer served in a copper mug combine to create that most-refreshing of summer cocktails, the Moscow Mule, and now you’ll be able to get that feeling in a beer!
A hefty dose of freshly-minced ginger added to the boil plays the part of frontman for this little diddy, garnished with a hint of fresh mint and the juices of lemon and lime rounding out the melody — a gentle burn from the ginger pairs beautifully with its bright acidity, bringing together a harmonious marriage of flavors. Cruising along in three-quarters time at a steady 120 BPM, Harmonic Rhythm rolls in at an easy going 5.5%, letting you groove all night long.
You can also spring for the 3-Day Pass ($179), which gets you a reserved seat at the headliner’s show, An Evening With Chris Botti, at the Schmidtchen Theater Music Connects Stage Powered by Atlantic City Electric, as well as priority entry general admission seats to all Cape May Convention Hall concerts including The Baylor Project, Deva Mahal, William Bell & The Memphis Soul Revue, and Joey Alexander.
And Joey Alexander is fire. He’s fourteen and making his third appearance at the festival. He’s from Indonesia and taught himself to play jazz piano at six, winning the Grand Prix at the 2013 Master-Jam Fest when he was nine. At ten, Wynton Marsalis invited him to play Jazz at Lincoln Center, and, bam!, the kid had a career. At ten. Don’t miss this, or any of the other acts at the festival.
For tickets and more information, see exit0jazzfest.com.