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Ottawa announces wine fest jazz lineup

The Two Rivers Wine & Jazz Festival will return Friday, June 1, to Sunday, June 3, with a musical lineup of new acts and returnees.
The Two Rivers Wine & Jazz Festival will return Friday, June 1, to Sunday, June 3, with a musical lineup of new acts and returnees.

A couple of new acts will heat up the stage at this year's Two Rivers Wine & Jazz Festival in Ottawa.

The event, which is in its eighth year, takes place Friday, June 1, to Sunday, June 3, at the Jordan block in downtown Ottawa. Fresh lobster also will be served up. Online tickets go on sale Monday at: ottawa2riverswinefest.com.

The festival's music coordinator, Kevin Chalfant, has assembled the musical bill, a mix of performers new to Ottawa and others taking an encore.

Scheduled to open festivities at 5 p.m. June 1 is Martini Lunch, a jazz outfit from the Windy City, that asks listeners to put themselves in a swanky early 1960s' cosmopolitan lub, listening to Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin and Tony Bennett. Martini Lunch plays standards as well as other genre, but with a classic vibe.

Chicago crooner Frank Lamphere follows Martini Lunch, with a dinner of Rat Pack jazz. Close your eyes, but keep your ears open and snap your fingers.

The second day launches at noon an act yet to be announced. At 3 p.m., Joe Policastro Trio will lay out jazz, but also touch on rock, funk, soul and Brazilian.

Chicago's Petra van Nuis Quintet is next on stage at  5:30 p.m., with the group's namesake singing in a "light, gorgeous, and fairly delicate voice, " as Downbeat magazine put it.

Stephen Hawk Orchestra headlines Saturday night, featuring Ottawa native and trumpeter Stephen Hawk.

The final day catches fire at noon with Sarah Marie Young, a singer, songwriter and musician hailing from Chicago, who has toured Europe.

Christy Bennett's Fumee Gypsy Project stokes the fire at 3 p.m. A unique five-member group that includes accordion matched with Bennett's vocals. Among Bennett's offerings are certain selections in French and German, with her whole repertoire swinging from bouncy to dreamy to melancholy, with other destinations in between.

Tangled Roots Brewing Company and Ottawa Boat Club are the chief sponsors of the event. Shuttle service will be available

Mayor Bob Eschbach lauded the festival as a way to bring "culture" and "vitality" to the city, but also to draw tourism and business.

The Ottawa Visitor Center will be promoting the wine and jazz festival in the Chicago area. Center Executive Director Curt Bedei said marketing will take a variety of forms, including advertisements in playbills.

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