TODAY, RAIN OR SHINE! 25th Anniversary Jazz Festival


  • Saturday, Sep 12, 2015 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm

LOCATION: Gateway Park - 1300 Lee Hwy

The Rosslyn Jazz Festival is today, rain or shine, in Gateway Park, just across the Key Bridge from Washington, D.C. This year we are celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Jazz Festival and taking over both sides of Gateway Park to make it an extra special concert for everyone.

Performers include:

The Funk Ark: The Funk Ark is a Funk/Afrobeat ensemble founded by Will Rast (Antibalas, Thievery Corporation, Ocote Soul Sounds) and comprised of the best jazz musicians from the Washington, D.C. area. 


Sonny Knight & The Lakers: In the spring of 2013, Sonny and the Lakers hit the ground running – playing gigs a few short weeks after their first rehearsal. Within months they had come into their own as a band. They set up a string of performances and residencies in Minneapolis and St. Paul. As they honed the craft of putting on a great live show, they built a following of fans. By the end of their residency at the Eagles club in South Minneapolis, virtually no breaks interrupted or slowed down their live sets. Non-stop rehearsals and live performances helped The Lakers tighten up their sound. 

Debo Band: Debo Band is a 11-member group led by Ethiopian-American saxophonist Danny Mekonnen and fronted by charismatic vocalist Bruck Tesfaye. Since their inception in 2006, the band has won raves for their groundbreaking take on Ethiopian pop music (think Ethiopiques), which incorporates traditional scales and vocal styles, alongside American soul and funk rhythms, and instrumentation reminiscent of Eastern European brass bands.


Dirty Dozen Brass Band: The Dirty Dozen Brass Band is a New Orleans, Louisiana, brass band. The ensemble was established in 1977 by Benny Jones together with members of the Tornado Brass Band. The Dirty Dozen revolutionized the New Orleans brass band style by incorporating funk and bebop into the traditional New Orleans jazz style, and has been a major influence on the majority of New Orleans brass bands since.


1:00 – 2:00 The Funk Art
2:20 – 3:20 Sonny Knight & the Lakers
3:50 – 5:00 Debo Band
5:20 – 6:40 Dirty Dozen Brass Band

Along with these great performers we will also have a mix of local food trucks (TBA).​

Beer and wine will be sold by the Washington Wine Academy.

The streets around Gateway Park will be closed on the day of the event from 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., so expect detours if you are driving. 

Bring blankets or low chairs and enjoy live jazz all day long!

Event is rain or shine. In case of severe weather we will post updates on social media and here on our website.

​Friday Pre-Festival Event

Friday, September 11 

6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

1812 N. Moore St. 33rd Floor


WHERE: 1812 N. Moore St. on the 33rd Floor

Troker and DJ G-Flux Kickoff Concert: Free Admission

Troker, headlining the night's event, made waves in 2014 at both SXSW and WOMEX - becoming the first band in history to play two consecutive years at the West Holts Stage at the legendary Glastonbury Festival in England. Morphing from jazz to rock, Troker's groove is charged with an explosive energy that international magazine All About Jazz described as “noisy, chaotic, sprawling, messy, all together wonderful". Now they are performing atop D.C. Metro's tallest building to kickoff the 25th Anniversary of Rosslyn's Jazz Festival.
Warming up for the fusion jazz/funk band is DJ G-Flux, an electronic, sample-based cumbia artist from Mexico City. For the past 10 years DJ G-Flux has been recording and performing right here in D.C.
Presented by ArlingtonArts & Rolssyn BID in collaboration with The Mexican Cultural Institute
Friday, Sept. 11, 2015

GETTING THERE: Two blocks from the Orange/Blue line Rosslyn Metro; $8 parking available in the garage of the 1812 building. Street parking by meter.
THE VENUE: With dazzling 360-degree views of the Potomac River, the Rosslyn skyline, Georgetown, and the iconic monuments on the National Mall, the signature pyramid spire of the 33-story, 384 foot-tall building is D.C. Metro's tallest & has become a landmark of the region’s skyline. With special access granted expressly for this event, the party is a chance for the public to enjoy an amazing concert with stunning views and an opportunity for the public to party in the building’s as-yet-unoccupied top floor. Cash bar available by Washington Wine Academy.



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