Lake Anna Jazz Fest 2023 (Original – Cancelled)

“Traditional,  Swing,  Cool, and Bop…

Standards,  Blues, and Progressive Pop”

Scheduled to Appear:
1:00 – PumpHouse
1:45 – Tim Holmes – Piano
2:00 – East West Quintet
2:45 – Tim Holmes – Piano
3:00 – Antique Melody Show
3:45 – Fredericksburg Big Band
4:00 – Wyatt Michael
4:45 – Fredericksburg Big Band
5:00 – Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet
5:45 – Fredericksburg Big Band
6:00 – Veronica Swift

Saturday, May 13th
1:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Cooling Pond
Farm Brewery & Winery
Mineral, Virginia
General Admission: Free
Reserved Parking: $10
Basic Donor: $25
VIP Donor: $50

Made Possible through the Generosity of Our Major Corporate Sponsors:

Scheduled to Appear:

Veronica Swift

Transitioning the genres of musical sophistication, Veronica Swift breaks new ground even as she carries forward the great tradition of vocal jazz.  Having made her mark on the international jazz scene as one of the star vocalists of her era, Veronica Swift has now expanded her style, establishing herself as a skilled rock and soul singer as well as a dynamic performer. Her third album TransGenre (2023) mixes jazz and classical with rock, soul, and funk, paying homage to greats like Janis Joplin, David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, and Duke Ellington. Her ability to transcend different styles, and fully embody them with authenticity to tell a story makes her one of the most skillful singers in any genre and displays her theatrical approach as a performer and artist.

Wyatt Michael

Among the memorable talents to emerge from NBC’s “The Voice” was Virginia’s own Wyatt Michael, now starting the third season of his climb to fame, pushed along with the success of his new single, “Buona Sera.”  Whether singing at a black-tie event or visiting an assisted living facility, he always strives to recreate the passion, emotion, and dedication to the craft of musicianship that was present in the golden age of music and honor the legacy of those giants that came before him.

Wyatt Michael

Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet

With their tight harmonies, engaging presentation and vocal sass, UVJQ puts its creative signature on a vocal style that mixes great fun with great art. They have been highly celebrated for extending the vocal jazz repertoire beyond standards and made their own songbook of originals the spotlight of their ear-popping arrangements. The Washington DC-based vocal group has toured internationally, released albums over three decades, and provided a wealth of original material for future jazz vocalists to rely on for years to come.

Antique Melody Show

This entertaining group that works mainly in Eastern Virginia is making its first appearance at Lake Anna Jazz Fest, traveling the short distance from Richmond and the bridging the longer distance from the early days of broadcast jazz.  This fun, six-piece group swings music from the 1920s through the 1940s, including modern surprises in the style of Postmodern Jukebox, Pink Martini & Squirrel Nut Zippers.

Antique Melody Show on Facebook

East West Quintet

This Richmond-based group consists of the familiar sidemen of “Michael Hawkins & The Brotherhood”  – W. Weldon Hill on piano, James “Saxmo” Gates on alto sax, Billy Williams, Jr. on drums, along with Rex Richardson on trumpet.

Jimmy Trussell is guest bassist for this year’s jazz fest, filling the impressive shoes of Michael Hawkins, who had a schedule conflict this year but has been a part of many Lake Anna Jazz events since the organization formed in 2021.

Pumphouse Blues Band

This powerhouse of blues and jazz originated in Richmond but has become known nationally for its awesome aesthetic and cool conquering of the blues genre. Since their inception in 2012, they have entertained crowds as far west as Palm Springs, CA at venues and festivals such as Floydfest, Rooster Walk, Strawberry Fest, Beer Bourbon & BBQ – as well as private performances at the Jimmy Hendrix estate and multiple live appearances on CBS TV.

PumpHouse Blues

Blackman Murray Russo

After blue crabs, the most popular thing from Maryland in Central Virginia is the long-established and highly regarded jazz trio of Alan Blackman, Max Murray, and Frank Russo.  In addition to performing on the Lake Anna Jazz Fest main stage, this group will be featured at “The Boeuf on The Roeuf” after-party and jam session that takes place at a nearby location, following the outdoor concert.

Blackman | Murray | Russo

Fredericksburg Big Band

The premier big band for Lake Anna will be performing throughout the festival, consisting of a local rotation of volunteer musicians with a core of intensely passionate fans and performers of big band arrangements.  This band has been a fixture of great jazz tradition in Fredericksburg for decades.

The Fredericksburg Big Band

Tim Holmes

Tim is a long-established favorite for his abilities with ensembles and as a solo performer.  This Louisa native performs regularly throughout Virginia for corporate events, dinner clubs, resorts, night spots, and private parties as solo pianist, vocalist, and one-man band.  We welcome Tim Holmes for the third year at a Lake Anna Jazz event.

Make plans to attend Central Virginia’s premiere jazz festival! We welcome you to Lake Anna for an eclectic array of jazz styles, performed by dozens of regional and internationally recognized artists. 

General Admission

  • An Afternoon of Free Music

  • Reserved Parking (Optional) $10

Basic Donor Level

  • An Afternoon of Free Music

  • Reserved Parking

  • Access to the Donor & Performer Lounge Tent

  • Stage Proximity Seating

  • Vouchers for two Cooling Pond drinks

  • Complementary Snacks

V.I.P. Donor Level

  • An Afternoon of Free Music

  • Reserved Parking

  • Access to the Donor & Performer Lounge Tent

  • Stage Proximity Seating

  • Vouchers for two Cooling Pond drinks

  • Complementary Snacks

  • Entry into Triple-Prize Raffle

  • Appreciation by Name in Program

  • Invitation to “Le Boeuf on The Roeuf” Jam Session/After-Party

There’s no charge to enjoy music all afternoon on the lawn with whatever seating/blanket you bring along. Food and refreshments will be available for sale.  Per Virginia ABC rules, outside alcohol is not allowed.  So, treat yourself to the outstanding craft beers, freshly brewed on site, along with wine and soft drinks.  Well-behaved dogs, children, and adults are welcome.

To make it an especially enjoyable experience, and to help Lake Anna Jazz achieve its musical mission, consider purchasing a Basic Donor ticket for only $25*.  This includes a parking pass, access to the Donor & Performer Lounge Tent, stage proximity seating, two vouchers for Cooling Pond’s tasty beverages, and complementary snacks.

For a VIP donation of $50*, you receive the Basic Donor level experience plus you’ll be automatically entered into the triple prize raffle, receive a thank-you mention in the program, and receive an invitation to the exclusive “Le Boeuf on the Roeuf” event where jazz fans and festival musicians party and jam into the evening, beginning at a nearby location, following the festival at 7:30.

*Your donation of $25 or $50 may be partially deductible, per IRS rules.  Consult your tax professional for more information.


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Availability of parking spaces and seating areas are limited, so register now, using the form below.  Registering helps us plan the event and makes you eligible for door prizes during the festival.  Purchasing a parking ticket guarantees you a space in the event parking lot.