June 3-5: Capital Jazz Fest

The word “jazz” has expanded out into the universe, encompassing all forms from bluegrass to rock to atonal stuff that classical musicians used to call their “real work.” When it’s outside in the summer, though, jazz mostly equals funk, soul and, well, pop, and that’s OK. It’s just as George Wein intended it back in ’54 when he lit up the most acoustically-problematic stage in Christiandom on the water in Newport, Rhode Island. And so, enjoy you some En Vogue on Friday night at Capital Jazz Fest, and some Al B. Sure and Isley Brothers on Saturday. And on Sunday, why not kick back with Rick James’ old band, Stone City. 7:30 p.m. Friday, noon Saturday and Sunday, Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, (301) 780-9300, capitaljazz.com/fest, day one $59.50-$99.50, day two sold out, day three $76.50-$192. (Edward Ericson Jr.)

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