The Exit Zero Jazz Festival Cape May Brewing Company Hops Pass

The Cape May Brewing Company Hops Pass is the Official Club Pass of the Exit Zero Jazz Festival. On tap in Cape May November 9-11, 2018, more than 60+ sets of world class, finger snappin', rump shakin', good timin' feel good music! Plus, the Official Brew of Exit Zero Jazz on tap in all Fest club venues, the Cape May Brewing Company King Porter Stomp!

The Cape May Brewing Company Hops Pass is available for pick-up at Festival Will Call beginning Thursday, November 8. Please bring ticketfly receipt and I.D. to Will Call at Cape May Convention Hall, 714 Beach Avenue, Cape May, NJ.

Please drink and jazz responsibly.

Davina and The Vagabonds

Davina Sowers hit the Midwest scene in February 2005 and she hasn't looked back since. It didn't take her long after moving to Minnesota from Key West, FL to start making a name for herself. With great vocals and piano, she commands attention on stage and leaves everyone smiling. Davina has been performing since the age of 5, with the support of an extremely musical family. Sowers, a classically-trained pianist, has years of experience in piano performance. She and her band made a big splash at Duluth's Bayfront Blues Festival in 2006 to2008, having the highest sales in CDs all three years. She has been called the "hardest working blues woman in frigid Minnesota."

Davina and the Vagabonds are known in The Twin Cities, Minnesota as being the busiest band in town because of their hard-working professionalism, high energy stage performance, and original sound. They have shared the stage with Pinetop Perkins, Aaron Neville, Gary Moore, 10 Years After, The Mannish Boys, Robert Cray, Los Lonely Boys, Scottie "Bones" Miller, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, Ana Popovic, Booker T and The MGs, Bobby Rush, Irma Thomas, James Hunter, and many others.

Big Sam's Funky Nation

New Orleans trombonist-vocalist “Big Sam” Williams is one of those Crescent City characters for whom funk is a birthright. Fronting a funky crew consisting of Drew “Da Phessah” Baham on trumpet, Keenan McRae on guitar, Jerry “JBlakk” Henderson on bass and Alfred Jordan on drums, Big Sam’s Funky Nation will bring the funk in a big way in their Exit Zero Jazz Festival debut. The powerhouse funksters, currently touring in support of their sixth album Songs in the Key of Funk, Volume I, deliver an energized show that can best be described as ‘noladelic.’ “We’re going to keep the funk alive,” says Big Sam. “Funk is life for me. Funk is everything. We all need some of it in our lives, so guess who’s here to give it to you?”

New Breed Brass Band

Infusing funk, rock, jazz and hip-hop into a custom-made enhancement of second-line brass band tradition, the New Breed Brass Band lives and breathes the culture of New Orleans. “That’s what we came up under,” says 26-year-old snare drummer Jenard Andrews, pointing to successful second line bands like ReBirth, Dirty Dozen and Lil’ Rascals Brass Bands that they emulated. “Now we’re trying to take that sound and bring in some new stuff and expand it. We bring outside influences like Earth Wind & Fire and Brass Construction, trying to interpret a different song for every genre, and make it all our own sound.”

A singer of rare sophistication, Philadelphia native Joanna Pascale delivers timeless standards with spellbinding power and intimacy. After honing her style and repertoire during a decade-long engagement at the Lowes Philadelphia Hotel, Pascale showcases her unique way of interpreting a lyric on her fourth album, Wildwood, which features fellow Philadelphians Orrin Evans on piano and Christian McBride on bass, along with Donald Edwards on drums. “If I don't connect with a lyric, I can’t sing the song,” she says. “I love to dig into the words and find all the different shades, the stories within the story, and then try to interpret that.”

Led by Greek-born singer, accordionist, film scorer and composer Magda Giannikou, Banda Magda moves easily from Brazilian baiao to jazz manouche, Greek dance rhythms, Afro-Peruvian lando and scintillating samba beats. Their songs, sung in French (with forays into six other languages), harken back to the golden age of Brazilian bossa, the best of cinematic orchestration and bouncy French pop, all while drawing on the band’s global background. The New York-based group unites an Esquivel-loving vibes player from Japan, an Argentinean jazz guitarist, a Nagasaki-born percussionist with contemporary classical cred, a hand drummer with every South American rhythm at his fingertips and a rock-solid Greek multi-instrumentalist/bassist, all led by the sweet-voiced, exotic-looking frontwoman Giannikou, who sells her story songs with passion and panache.

Kermit Ruffins

A bona fide goodwill ambassador for post-Katrina New Orleans, trumpeter-singer Kermit Ruffins continues to carry the spirit of Louis Armstrong in his performances around the world while also pushing the envelope into some new musical territory. On emulating Armstrong throughout his career, Ruffins says, “That’s someone who really led one of America’s true art forms. He was really the cherry on top of New Orleans music. Now I see it being passed on to younger kids, and for me to have a role in that and to maybe do the things he did is so spiritual to me.” Ruffins and his Barbecue Swingers will spread the syncopated joy in their return engagement at the Exit Zero Jazz Festival.

A Night In New Orleans benefits Music Connects, the educational outreach initiative of the Exit Zero Jazz Festival. Music Connects presents cultural and music programming in the Lower Township School District. Initiatives include the Music Connects Big Band, a county wide Big Band under the direction of John Drechen, student entry to Exit Zero Jazz Festival concerts, cultural programming, and hands on experience with the KREWE.

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Conjunto Philadelphia

Philly-based specialists in Pre-Revolutionary Cuban music, Conjunto Philadelphia is an exciting party band that appeals to dancers and those who appreciate infectious Afro-Cuban grooves. Inspired by the legendary Buena Vista Social Club, the Grammy-winning group from Havana featuring veteran singers Compay Segundo, Ibrahim Ferrer and Omara Portuondo, Conjunto Philadelphia’s mission is to maintain the authenticity of the music while performing it in a way that pays homage to Cuba's deep and treasured musical history. Founded in 2010, the septet is fronted by charismatic singer Andrés Cisneros and includes trumpeter Marcell Bellinger, tres player Greg Kettinger, bassist Mike Boone, percussionists Francis Gattis and Christian Noguera and pianist and musical director Jeff Torchon. Favorites in Philly, they have played Chris’ Jazz Cafe, performed at the Penn Museum and had a monthly residency at World Cafe.

François Moutin & Kavita Shah Duo

Stretching and exploring standards like “You Go To My Head” and “Falling In Love With Love” while interpreting Edith Piaf’s signature song, “La Vie En Rose,” the two share an uncanny chemistry as Moutin unleashes his rich, woody tones with monstrous conviction while Shah soars freely over the barline with her supple phrasing. They may also injected a bit of buoyant Afro-Cuban spirit on Dafnis Prieto’s rhythmically infectious “Blah Blah” and interpret Horace Silver’s hauntingly beautiful ballad “Peace” in the course of their Exit Zero Jazz Festival sets.

Rhenda Fearrington

Always true to her roots, Fearrington delivers with authenticity and warmth, whether she’s covering Roberta Flack’s hit song “Killing Me Softly,” interpreting jazz standards like “The Very Thought of You,” “Dearly Beloved” and “Too Close for Comfort,” delving into gospel on Thomas Dorsey’s “Precious Lord” or performing her original “This Moment’s Sweetness,” the lovely title track of her 2012 debut CD.

Roosevelt Collier

Part secular, part spiritual, Collier and his crew will shake the rafters with his sanctified “Supernatural Encounters” and rock the house with the urgent “Happy Feet” and the Hendrix-inspired “Spike” then throw down some seriously greasy funk on “Sun Up Sun Down” and the P-Funk-inspired “That Could’ve Been Bad.”

Brother Joscephus and the Love Revolution

Since 2007 Brother Joscephus and the Love Revolution has been on a musical mission to make the world a more righteous place. The two main visionaries of this 12-piece explosion of love - Brother Joscephus and his eccentric cohort, the Right Reverend Dean Dawg - dip heavily into a gumbo rich with the powerful rhythms of New Orleans, old school funk and soul, classic rock and a healthy dose of feel-good gospel music. BroJo combines all this with a message of righteousness, urging us towards acceptance and loving one another. When you combine the music and the message with a one-of-a-kind, high-energy stage spectacle, you got yourself one hell of a revolution on your hands.

From their home base in Brooklyn, New York, Love Revivals have taken place all over the nation, from New Orleans to Burlington, Vermont and Los Angeles to the Hamptons. The band's legendary self-titled debut CD was released to rave reviews and accolades ("I Won't Be That Man" and "A Child Shall Lead" were both selected as finalist in the prestigious John Lennon Songwriting Competition). "Live at Brooklyn Bowl" followed in May, 2011 and won the Independent Music Award for Best Live Performance, 2011. "Revolution of Love," released in 2013, takes their signature Epic Gospel Rock to another level. Blending elements of funk and soul with 70's prog-rock sensibilities this groundbreaking, love-infused concept album defines the Secular Gospel movement.



The Cape May Brewing Company Hops Pass is the Official Club Pass of the Exit Zero Jazz Festival. On tap in Cape May November 9-11, 2018, more than 60+ sets of world class, finger snappin', rump shakin', good timin' feel good music! 

The Cape May Brewing Company Hops Pass is available for pick-up at the Festival Will Call beginning Thursday, November 8. Please bring ticketfly receipt and I.D. to Will Call at Cape May Convention Hall, 714 Beach Avenue, Cape May, NJ.

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