Kia Dupree

Kia Dupree

Through rain, mud and even the cicadas, The Fuzz Band won the Capital Jazz Fest Challenge on Saturday, June 5, earning $5000 and a mainstage performance on Sunday, June 6 at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md. The band opened for artists Kenny Lattimore & Chante Moore, Najee, Lizz Wright and David Sanborn at the 12th Annual Capital Jazz Fest.

"I felt honored and overwhelmed when they announced us as winners," said Duane Smith, bandleader and trumpet player. "The musicians in this …