MPAartfest 13

Michael Bowie, musical director of the Blues Alley Youth Orchestra, encourages the audience to support jazz and Big Band music at the 2018 MPAartfest, held Oct. 7 at McLean Central Park. (Photo by Deb Kolt)

The McLean Project for the Arts has announced plans for an expanded roster of musical performances at its 2019 MPAartfest celebration, set for Oct. 6 at McLean Central Park.

Scheduled acts include:

• Djangolaya will kick off the festival at 10 a.m., presenting a gypsy jazz, a Django-style performance that really swings.

• Takoma Park-based fiddler, banjoist, singer and scholar Jake Blount will perform at 11 a.m.

• Great Guitars takes the stage at noon, featuring three generations of virtuoso jazz guitar.

• At 1 p.m., Bumper Jacksons Duo brings roots jazz rhythms and country swing harmonies to the stage.

• Black Masala performs at 2 p.m., pushing the boundaries between genres and exploring new musical frontiers.

• The high-energy Caz Gardiner delivers a 1960s-infused soul pop sound at 3 p.m.

•  Blues Alley Youth Jazz Orchestra will close out the performance roster at 4 p.m.

The MPAartfest 2019 musical lineup was curated by Ken Avis, a radio host on WERA-FM and a musician with the award-winning band Veronneau. Live sound provided by Frank Kayser.

About 10,000 attendees are expected at MPAartfest. For information, see the Website at

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