Thursday, May 01, 2014

Belleville's Wine, Dine & Jazz Festival to return Friday, June 27 & Saturday, June 28

After a low-key hiatus in 2013, Belleville's Wine, Dine & Jazz Festival is returning this year on Friday, June 27 and Saturday, June 28.

As in previous years, the festival will be held in the square in downtown Belleville (at the intersection of Highway 159 and Main St.) and will feature a mix of jazz, blues and tribute bands.

The music schedule on Friday kicks off at 5:00 p.m. with the Christian blues band Kingdom Brothers, followed at 6:45 p.m. by the Steely Dan tribute act Hey Nineteen. The Santana tribute Carlos, which features singer Ralph Butler and members of the Rhythm Rockers and Mama's Pride, will hit the stage at 8:30 p.m. to close out the evening.

The event's jazz content is emphasized on Saturday, starting at 4:00 p.m. with keyboardist Pete Ruthenberg playing "The Music of Herbie Hancock," followed by the singer Zena (aka Zena Bott-Goins, but now using just her first name) at 5:30 p.m..

Next up, percussionist Herman Semidey's band Son Montuno (pictured) plays a set of Latin jazz at 7:00 p.m., with Soul Cafe wrapping things up with a set of "fusion, Latin, and swing" beginning at 8:45 p.m.

The Wine, Dine and Jazz Festival is free and open to the public. Local vendors will have food and drink for sale, but audience members are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or other seating.

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