Are you a hip cat with a penchant for counting carbon footprints? Do you drive to swing lessons in your gas-efficient hybrid? Or do you just have a vague interest in both environmental consciousness and that all-encompassing, hard-to-pin-down genre that is jazz? If so, then the Ultimate Jazz Festival in Fairmont Park this weekend satisfies all eco-friendly and ragtime enthusiasts, as well as new initiates of both scenes. This inaugural event is hosted by Jazz to be Green, a non-profit organization concerned with the preservation of both the art of jazz and the polar ice caps. With a variety of sub genres featured each day, this first-time festival shows off its musical dexterity with performers schooled from bebop to neo-soul. Event attendees are treated to some wailing on the sax by the likes of Everette Harp and Kim Waters, a massive combo (14 piece band!) of Jazz on the Latin Side All Stars and a mix of energetic and smooth R&B from acts Loose Ends and Polyester Players. When not snapping your fingers along to the beats laid out, meander through the vendors set up to promote community awareness of green living. Food, beverages and festival memorabilia are available to empty the wallet and fill up the time between acts. Leave your jive at home and ramp up your cool factor on a weekend out in the sunshine, keeping jazz and the planet alive. Ya dig?
Jazz to be Green presents: The Ultimate Jazz Festival, in Fairmont Park, 2601 Fairmont Blvd., Riverside, (909) 466-4848. Sat-Sun, Aug. 22-23, (Schedule: Sat, noon-9PM; Sun, noon-7 PM), www.theultimatejazzfestival.com. Daily admission: $55; 2-day pass: $90, VIP: $170.