Dave Chappelle gets grumpy about Napa’s noise ordinance and insists on breaking curfew twice at Blue Note Jazz Fest
Dave Chappelle did his best to get everyone back on stage and keep the party going past 10 p.m. Sunday night during the final moments of Napa Valley’s first iteration of the Blue Note Jazz Festival, despite a local ordinance on the noise.
A similar ordinance in the city of Napa caused the sound to be muted for the likes of Guns ‘N’ Roses when they went past curfew at the Bottlerock festival. But St. Helena’s curfew was met with shrugs on Saturday night, as the Chronicle reports, with emcee Dave Chappelle and rap duo Black Star (Yasiin Bey and Talib Kweli) to maintain the show until 10:30 p.m. The rappers were joined by Grammy-winning pianist and festival artist-in-residence Robert Glasper, and even after the sound went out and audience members started to leave, the performers continued, according to the Chronicle, a called.
It happened again on Sunday night, the third night of the three-day festival, but it seems Chappelle was even grumpier about the tough 10pm stoppage and made his feelings known.
Chappelle slammed the Napa Valley as “a place not known for its diversity” and called the festival at Charles Krug Winery “the darkest weekend ever.” [Napa] has ever seen,” according to the Chronicle.
After headliner Maxwell finished her set, just before 10 p.m., Chappelle repeatedly insisted that Glasper return to the stage so the two could end the night properly.
“Robert, real quick, let’s be late. They’re not going to kill us,” Chappelle reportedly said. “We are going to close this festival. We arrived at. Trust me. The keyboards are here, Robert.”
Glasper seemed apparently reluctant as Chappelle yelled at the crew members to turn the sound on again, and apparently compared the situation to Martin Luther King Jr., rhetorically asking what would happen if Dr. King wanted to give his “I Have a Dream Speech” and the crew did not turn on their microphone.
Chappelle then escalated things, according to the Chronicle, threatening to boycott Napa Valley wine and never return.
“I will never drink a cup of wine from this dusty field,” Chappelle reportedly said. “I will drink Italian wines and French wines and South African wines. You can’t stop Robert Glasper, ever. Let this be known.
Finally, it looks like Glasper took over the stage for a minute and vamps with Chappelle, and the show still ended at 10:15 p.m.
The whole situation seems a bit childish – much like Chappelle childishly insists, after years of controversy and protest and presumably many private conversations with people about it, to make fun of trans people and express his general confusion for all this. which is gender-nonconforming and non-heteronormative.
The Blue Note Jazz Festival otherwise appears to have gone off without a hitch, with around 6,000 people in attendance, according to the Chronicle – although Saturday’s guest star Erykah Badu had to bail out at the last second due to a revelation. about exposure to COVID and subsequent symptoms. The festival also featured Snoop Dogg, Chaka Khan and Kamasi Washington as well as music collective Dinner Party on Friday night, and comedians Anthony Anderson and Katt Williams both made surprise appearances.
Before hosting the Blue Note festival – which has previously performed in New York but was brought to St. Helena for the first time this year – Chappelle did a series of sold-out shows at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts of Sonoma County, which drew a small protest from the local trans community.
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