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2012 Virginia Blues & Jazz Festival

Drum roll, please……

The three day festival will take place on June 15, 16 and 17 (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday).

On Friday, June 15 at 7:30pm with jazz vocalist Catherine Russell makes a return visit to the Music Center’s Herter Hall stage. All Music Guide says, Russell [has] emerged as a retro old school vocalist for the ages.

The music continues on Saturday, June 16 when the gates open at 11:30am and performances begin on the outdoor stage at 12:30.

Saturday begins with local favorites The Bert Carlson Quartet, who have opened every VBJF since the beginning.

At 1:45pm, New Orleans’ 2011 Big Easy Award winners Honey Island Swamp Band bring their unique mix of country-inflected rock and New Orleans funky blues to the stage.

Grammy-winners Grupo Fantasma, out of Austin, Texas, hit at 3:30pm. They have been praised for their unique blend of Latin Funk and have continually defied expectations to create one of the most unique musical voices to come out of the United States in the last decade.

The day will be capped at 5pm by headliner and five-time Grammy award-winners, The Robert Cray Band. Cray is considered "one of the greatest guitarists of his generation" (Music Critic, Steve Matteo) and since his 1980 album debut Who's Been Talkin, he has been inviting audiences along on his epic musical journey – breaking through the pop ceiling with his blues-edged trademark sound, distinctive style and daring innovations.

On Sunday, June 17, the festival moves back indoors for a New Orleans Brunch featuring the creations of Garth Newel’s resident chef. The Honey Island Swamp Band returns to cap off the festival with three acoustic sets from 11am to 2pm.

Tickets are available now…

Friday: $25 in advance/$35 day of show; 12 and under FREE
Saturday: $24 in advance/$32 day of show; 12 and under FREE
Sunday: $35 brunch
2-day passes (Friday & Saturday): $39 (available until June 9)

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