Presenting the 2nd Annual Benefit Music Festival Performers...
Performance Schedule may change without prior notice.
MARCUS JOHNSON - 6PM
Acclaimed Jazz Keyboardist, Marcus Johnson, an independent Billboard-ranked, internationally acclaimed Jazz Keyboardist and a NAACP Image Award Nominee, has released his latest CD titled “BALLADS...In My Voice”, showcasing his soulful interpretations of some of his favorite ballads from different parts of his life and favorite artists who wrote and recorded them. Al Green’s hit “Let’s Stay Together” is the lead single and announces a musical journey of R&B Jazz from Marcus Johnson’s voice on keys, all while maintaining the MJ ‘Factor Groove’ that established him as one of the giant keyboardists of jazz funk urban music made famous by legendary jazz greats, George Duke, Herbie Hancock, Ramsey Lewis, Joe Sample, Bob James, Chick Corea, and others.
Along with his notable accomplishments as a musician, Marcus Johnson is also the President/Owner of FLO Brands, LLC which houses his wine label, FLO Wines, Inc., named “USA Today’s Top 10 Celebrity Wines”. He has also written “FLO... For the Love Of”, published in 2016 which achieved recognition as a Best-Selling Book and Author at Amazon.com. For more information, please visit: www.marcusjohnson360.com
CHELSEY GREEN & THE GREEN PROJECT - 5PM
Described as “passionate, electrifying, and innovative,” international, Billboard-charting recording artists, Chelsey Green and The Green Project, break down stereotypes of traditional string playing. By fusing traditional classical technique with popular songs and original pieces in various genres – including R&B, Pop, Soul, Funk, Jazz and more – Dr. Chelsey Green brings vibrant violin, viola and rich vocals to audiences in a whole new way.
The Green Project has toured around the world and performed many prestigious venues and events including the Strathmore Music Center, the opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, BET Honors Awards Dinner, The John F. Kennedy Center, Blues Alley, The Citadel in Cairo, Kuwait National Opera House, Bahrain Spring of Culture Festival and more! Read more at www.chelseygreen.com.
4THE ROAD BAND – 3pm
Jazz, Gospel or R&B? -- 4 The Road Band plays it all. While they have shared their passion for music together for over 12 years, they collectively represent 40+ years in the music industry – many as “side men” musicians. These skillful Jazzicians have backed numerous chart-topping national and international Jazz, Gospel and R&B artists here in the US and abroad – Teddy Pendergrass, Marion Meadows, Jackiem Joyner, Kim Waters, Blue Magic, Art Sherrod Jr, Paul Taylor, and Cindy Bradley are just a few. You may find one or more of this dynamic group performing on the Capitol Jazz Cruise or at any Jazz festivals and venues around and beyond the DMV, where their popularity is increasingly growing. For sure, you will experience and enjoy their love of music with every note, with every beat.
KIM BLACK - 2PM
Kim has loved music all her life and has been a vocalist most of her life. The love of music and seeing the joy in people, not just listening to it but being part of it, came from her father and mother. He was a professional jazz organist. At home when her father played “My Funny Valentine” on the baby grand, her mother would sing along. She would sit on the floor and watch them. This became her favorite song. Kim has lots of experience as lead vocalist in several genres. She’s worked with several well-known bands in the Washington, DC, metro area, specializing in R&B, funk to praise and worship in all styles, as well as some jazz and musicals.
Kim also enjoys collaborating on new songs and music ventures to see the dream come to fruition in studios and live on stage. She currently gigs at popular restaurants and venues with small ensembles and is open to more opportunities. She was cast in the musical “Diana: Queen of the People’s Hearts” that debuts April 4 and 5, 2020, in the Washington, DC area.
Read more at www.kimblack.com.
THE BRUCE MIDDLE GROUP - 1PM
The Bruce Middle Group is a high energy, electric instrumental and vocal quartet. Their music has often been compared to Pat Metheny, Chick Corea Electric Band, Dixie Dreggs, Jean Luc Ponty, The Allman Brothers and Weather Report. Their shows are built on repertoire that allows them to interpret, develop and improvise over any piece of music and almost never perform it the same way twice. They strive to explore and blend various combinations of styles to create a unique sound and overall performance experience.
The Bruce Middle Group has performed throughout the Baltimore/ Washington and Richmond regions since 1990. They have racked up eleven WAMA (Washington Area Music Association) nominations including: Best Jazz Group; Best Album; Best Jazz Guitarist. "Middle himself is a talented guitarist with a light, tuneful, fluid touch and a genuine knack for combining acoustic and electric textures into an extremely palatable blend of pop and jazz." MIKE JOYCE, THE WASHINGTON POST
More information at www.brucemiddlemusic.com.