Swing Ninjas to headline Winter Blues Jazz Fest

hbridges@vagazette.com

From busking European streets to appearing at international venues, The Swing Ninjas will bring a big, swingin’ sound to Williamsburg as headliners of the 2017 Winter Blues Jazz Fest.

Announced over the weekend by CultureFix, the third annual Winter Blues Jazz Fest is set for Jan. 12-15, once again filling venues around Williamsburg with blues and jazz.

Prompted by the popularity of “Art & Soul” events presented locally by Quirks of Art, owner Jennifer Raines partnered with Steve Rose of Williamsburg Event Rentals and Chef David Everett to bring more jazz to the community.

Following a nearly sold-out inaugural fest in 2015, the event continues establishing its presence. From Brighton, U.K., The Swing Ninjas take to the stage Saturday evening at the festival’s popular “Mixology & Music” event at Williamsburg Lodge.

But the music starts long before at Williamsburg Winery, in a Thursday night celebration at featuring Good Shot Judy.

The next day includes the “Blues Bash” under a big tent in downtown Williamsburg. The highlight? A harmonica challenge, according to a news release, among Harris Simon, Bobby “BlackHat” Walters and Atiba Taylor.

Tin Can Fish Band opens the Saturday bash, but the day’s other performers include 504 Supreme at Williamsburg Winery’s downtown tasting room and Atiba Taylor and Blue Nesta Jazz Quartet at Williamsburg Art Gallery.

On Saturday, Jackie Scott and The Housewreckers and The Michael Clark Band will take to two stages under the blues tent in DoG Street Pub’s “Barrel-Aged Blues” event, while a little later in the day, the Muscarelle Museum hosts the “Art of Jazz” with Stephanie Nakasian and the Harris Simon Trio.

Sunday closes the festival with jazz brunches at two different locations and a free community concert.

VIP passes and individual tickets to the festival are now on sale, available here.

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