Washington, DC – Summer Spirit Festival will be returning to Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD on Saturday, August 5th and Sunday, August 6th. Celebrating its 12th anniversary, and its second year as a full weekend extravaganza, Summer Spirit Festival will again live up to expectations and feature a diverse line-up of neo soul, soul, R&B, jazz, hip hop, and GO GO artists, as well as the dynamic BZB Spirit Festival Marketplace. Presented by C D Enterprises, Inc., the 2017 Summer Spirit Festival Weekend will feature a spectacular lineup, most of which are making their debut Summer Spirit Festival appearance, including:
SATURDAY, AUGUST 5TH
KENNY “BABYFACE” EDMONDS g FANTASIA g DE LA SOUL g
TROMBONE SHORTY & ORLEANS AVENUE g COMMON g RO JAMES g EXPERIENCE UNLIMITED featuring SUGAR BEAR g MOONCHILD g WISDOM SPEEKS
SUNDAY, AUGUST 6TH
BELL BIV DEVOE g SWV g THE INTERNET g JAZMINE SULLIVAN g EN VOGUE g DJ KOOL g TROUBLE FUNK featuring BIG TONY g TISH HYMAN
Tickets are ON SALE NOW at Ticketfly.com and MerriweatherMusic.com and at Merriweather Post Pavilion and the 9:30 Club during box office hours. While supplies last, in select seating locations, when “Weekend Pass” (two day) tickets are purchased an introductory discount will be applied, so fans should act fast!
As always, this year’s blockbuster lineup of talent includes a blend of well-known and celebrated musicians, exciting up-and-coming talent and regional artists that belong on our big stage.
On Saturday, August 5th, Summer Spirit Festival welcomes 11-time Grammy Award winner KENNY “BABYFACE” EDMONDS who will bring the magic of his multi-faceted pop/urban career (including consecutive multi-platinum landmark albums) to our stage for the first time. Also featured is a bona fide American Idol, FANTASIA, a versatile Grammy Award winning contemporary R&B songstress beloved for her dynamic, passionate and powerful vocals. We’ve added a bit of hip hop mastery from legendary trio DE LA SOUL who will keep the party going with their eclectic samples, whimsically irreverent lyrics and laid back rhymes. Our sonic journey continues with TROMBONE SHORTY & ORLEANS AVENUE a self-described “SupaFunkRock” band whose sound features hard-edged funk, hip hop beats, rock dynamics and improvisation in the great tradition of jazz. Keeping the rhythm flowing we are welcoming back a Grammy Award winning fan favorite, COMMON, who rose to prominence as one of hip hop’s most poetic and respected lyricists and has wowed fans with 10 studio albums full of favorites. Next up, joining us for the first time alternative R&B sensation RO JAMES whose debut album featuring his funky, individual style has created a sensation and features his biggest hit to date, the single “Permission.” Adding to the fun, no Summer Spirit Festival day seems complete without a bit of GO GO crank and this year we will welcome EXPERIENCE UNLIMITED featuring SUGAR BEAR for a one-of-a-kind GO GO experience. Best known for their Grammy Award nominated worldwide hit “Da Butt” from Spike Lee’s “School Daze” soundtrack, EU has topped the charts and achieved international GO GO icon status like few others. Also making their debut are up and comers, MOONCHILD, a jazz/soul trio with a sound that truly defies categorization, featuring a vocal-defying soprano that is almost too cool for jazz and too controlled for soul coupled with lush musicality. Rounding out the day, we present the unique stylings of WISDOM SPEEKS, who, along with his band, affectionately calls their innovative sound “global soul” and has been an audience pleaser throughout the region.
On Sunday, August 6th, the Summer Spirit Festival will feature more firsts, including welcoming New Jack Swing pioneers and beloved New Edition spin off BELL BIV DEVOE aka BBD whose swingbeat fusion of funk, hip hop, soul and pop styles is legendary. The swingbeat continues with multi-platinum chart topping superstar trio SWV aka Sisters With Voices and their soul/R&B blend, who dominated the 90s charts with hit after hit. Next up is Grammy Award nominated THE INTERNET, with their refreshing take on contemporary R&B and sound described as “tight, hooky hip hop soul.” Featuring a hip hop anchor and lyrical voice described as “relatable and conversational” the rest of the band creates rhythms branching into jazz, funk and rock. The Summer Spirit Festival musical journey continues with contemporary R&B singer-songwriter JAZMINE SULLIVAN. Her incredible vocals and versatility have garnered her a whopping 11 Grammy Award nominations since she burst on the scene in 2009. Continuing our celebration of 80s/90s greats we’ll welcome for the first time EN VOGUE. These “Funky Divas” invoke memories of a long line of R&B and pop hit songs and are enduring fan favorites. Adding in another touch of home grown talent and cranking things up will be legendary DJ KOOL with his unique brand of hip hop featuring terrific beats and infectious rhymes. Adding to the Sunday fun our signature serving of GO GO crank from beloved throughout the DMV TROUBLE FUNK featuring BIG TONY. Rounding out the day we’ll feature new music from TISH HYMAN a hip hop/R&B singer-songwriter whose lyrical ability, flawless vocals and intricate songwriting will be sure to impress.
In addition to its always phenomenal line up of live music, the Summer Spirit Festival provides a cultural experience through an array of arts and crafts vendor exhibits and demonstrations in the BZB Spirit Festival Marketplace.
Suitable for the whole family, the Summer Spirit Festival is a well-rounded, always memorable, day-into- night, truly entertaining event. The 2017 *12th Anniversary* promises to be an experience to remember.