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A Weekend to Remember at the Blue Note Napa Jazz Festival

Hey there, it's Sakina and let me tell you about the unforgettable experience I had at the Blue Note Napa Jazz Festival. The entire vibe was simply incredible, attracting a mature and successful crowd of music lovers like myself. The energy was contagious, and the musical sounds of Robert Glasper and his talented group of musicians, including Terrance Martin, PJ Morton, and the sensational vocalist Lalah Hathaway, left us all mesmerized. Her voice was like melting chocolate, soothing and captivating.

My favorite performance was Nas, his performance got everyone, including the aunties and uncles, out of their lounge chairs and grooving to his songs. The jam sessions were filled with incomparable talent, call and response, freestyle, scatting then imagine comedic relief from the legendary Dave Chappelle.

During the closing night, Chance the Rapper introduced us to an inspiring moment when he asked "Are you ready for your blessing?" The entire audience raised their hands in reverence to the most high God, creating an amazing atmosphere of unity and praise.

But the surprises didn't end there! Table Kwali and Rakim treated us to a surprise freestyle cypher, adding an extra touch of excitement to the night. Mos Def closed the evening with a heartfelt rendition singing "My Ummi Said Shine Your Light," leaving us all feeling uplifted and ready to take on the world.

This experience was a true celebration of jazz and hip-hop, two art forms deeply rooted in black culture. It reminded us all of the importance of preserving their history and legacy while cherishing the experiences that birthed black culture.

I highly recommend following Robert Glasper and exploring this new movement of jazz/hip-hop and black culture. Trust me; you won't regret it.

Make a note and plan to attend next summer's festival, here are some tips to make the most of your experience:

  1. Dress comfortably and cool, as it's a long day filled with fantastic music under the California sun. Meaning if you aren't prepared you can get too hot and shade is hard to come by.

  2. Don't forget your hats and sunglasses, and keep a water bottle on hand to stay hydrated in between your wine sipping.

  3. Opt for wine by the bottle; ranging $40- $80 for amazing black owned wineries. It's more affordable and adds to the overall experience.

  4. Bring a blanket or lounge chairs to relax and enjoy the performances in comfort. Chairs are available to rent, but we pulled out a blanket and felt free to move around to difference stages without worry.

  5. Consider the VIP experience for an even more unforgettable time and full access backstage.

Just like we've made Coachella and Stagecoach premier events over the years, this festival deserves our backing too. So, stay tuned for next summer's dates and plan a trip with your friends or your bae. You'll be in for a weekend to remember—one filled with soulful music, positive energy, and the celebration of jazz and hip-hop's enduring legacy. See you there!

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