Bring on Jazz Fest!
“Anyone who understands Jazz knows that you can’t understand it. It’s too complicated. That’s what’s so simple about it.”
Perhaps the single greatest Yogi Berra-ism of all time. The man had some wisdom. Like a chord that’s both major and minor, Jazz is complex and simple, both at the same time.
That’s why we like being the exclusive beer sponsor for the Exit Zero Jazz Festival April 12-14: it gives us a chance to be a part of something that’s both simple and complex, much like our beers.
“Jazz Fest weekends are the best weekends of the year,” Ryan says. “This town is hoppin’! There’s good — good — live music in nearly every bar in town, and they pull in some of the biggest names in jazz for the concerts at the high school and Convention Hall. We’re proud to be a sponsor year after year.”
Each spring and fall, the Exit Zero Jazz Festival moves into town, filling the venues in Cape May with the sounds of bebop, fusion, zydeco, Dixieland, ragtime, boogie, and the blues.
And CMBC is in the thick of it each year, brewing up a special beer and sponsoring the Cape May Brewing Company Stage at Cabanas Beach Bar and Grill. This year is no different, with Sophisticated Lady on tap at every venue of the festival. We’ve toyed with the recipe a bit — more on that next week — but this Lady will still be a refreshing spring Saison.
“Cape May Brewing Company has been a great friend to the Festival throughout the years,” says event organizer Michael Kline. “And it means that we get to bring Sophisticated Lady to the Festival. When she’s in the house, we all have to up our game.”
And at the Cape May Brewing Company Stage at Cabanas, you’ll be able to catch some killer acts. Swift Technique — one of Philly’s premier funk/jam bands — will be in the house on Friday and Saturday nights. Cintron — a Latin jazz band from Moorestown — will be there during the day on Saturday, with Red Baraat — a Brooklyn-based brass band that blends the rhythms of hard-driving North Indian Bhangra music with elements of funk, go-go, rock, and hip-hop — on Saturday and Sunday nights. Ron Artis — a smoking guitarist and searingly soulful singer who is on a mission to spread joy — rounds out the bill during the day on Sunday.
“I’m definitely looking forward to the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Friday night at Convention Hall,” says Michael. “I’m ready to second line today, and I’m pretty sure that Mop Man is ready too! Max Hatt & Edda Glass will bring their wistful versions of alluring bossa nova tunes to First Presbyterian on Friday and Saturday night, and get ready to hit the dance floor with Lucky Chops on Saturday and Sunday at Carney’s Main Room.”
As always, we’ll be sponsoring the Cape May Brewing Company Hops Pass! For $58, you’ll receive first-come, first-served entry to all of the club venues of the festival: Aleathea’s, Cabanas, Carney’s, Iron Pier, and the Rusty Nail, with space-available entry into the Convention Hall concerts and the First Presbyterian venue.
You can pick up your Hops Pass — as well as Weekend Passes, Single-Day Passes, concert tickets, and register as a volunteer for the festival — at our final Hops Up Pop-Up and Volunteer Sign-Up, taking place tonight in the Tasting Room!
See you then!