Raindrops start to fall, and umbrellas go up while some of the elders pack up their lawn chairs and head back out. That might be the difference between the baby boomers, gen xers and millennials, they don’t mess with the Lord and his work. As most patrons take shelter under several of the tents, it’s now pretty much a waiting game.
For me, this year has probably been one of the better years regarding the schedule. The acts were spaced and timed far enough apart where I didn’t feel the need to pick and choose between two acts that I really wanted to see.
Saturday, June 16th marked the 4th Annual Queen City Jazz Fest. If you’re unfamiliar, the QC Jazz Fest is held in Charlotte and curated by music enthusiast Charles Whitfield. Unlike most festivals, QCJF is a one day event starting around 6 in the evening. That’s awesome especially considering the heat and humidity for North Carolina during this time of year. It’s typically held at back of the Fillmore in the Amphitheatre, now called Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre.
QC Jazz Fest 2018
Saturday, June 16th marks the 4th annual Queen City Jazz Fest. Charles Whitfield has curated another great event. This year, the Queen City will play host to Mr. Smooth and Mellow - Will Downing, The Rippingtons, power music couple - Kindred the Family Soul and the incredible and eclectic - Normal Brown. From beginning to end, this one day festival has something for everyone.
I've had to opportunity to catch Will, but the festival was rained out, so I missed him. This will be a treat for me. Kindred, I've covered them a few times and even went to Philly to catch one of their Kindred Presents shows. This is a couple/group you can never grow tired of. So I'm excited to see Fatin and Aja. And Norman, well I caught him last year at the Richmond Jazz Fest and I instantly became a fan. I don;t know too much about The Rippingtons but I'm eager to find out more about them and their music... that's the beauty of music festivals.