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Rosslyn Jazz Fest 2023

Date and Time for this Past Event

  • Saturday, Sep 9, 2023  1pm - 7pm

  Rosslyn Events


On Saturday, September 9, the Rosslyn BID and Arlington Arts are bringing an exciting lineup to the community’s most popular free outdoor music festival: Galactic, featuring Anjelika “Jelly” Joseph, with additional performances from Pedrito Martínez Group, Oh He Dead, and DuPont Brass.

Join us at Gateway Park for an afternoon of music, food trucks, yard games, community table experiences, and more. Jazz Fest is FREE and registration is not required, but encouraged, to help us produce the best experience for all in attendance, as there are capacity limits at Gateway Park.

For more information, check out our press release here and get ready for the festival by listening to the playlist below featuring this year's artists.

GET YOUR 2023 JAZZ FEST GEAR! Check out our new online store for official Jazz Fest t-shirts, sweatshirts, and more.

*Please note: Merchandise is not guaranteed to arrive prior to Jazz Fest (Sept. 9).

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Galactic | 5:30 p.m.

Photo by Josh Brasted Photography

Galactic is a proud New Orleans-based quintet that has been together for nearly three decades. They have released 10 albums, performed over 2,000 gigs, and garnered tens of millions of streams. They’ve performed with world-class bands and artists – including Dave Matthews Band, Jack Johnson, Counting Crows, and The Allman Brothers Band – appeared on Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!, contributed to the blockbuster soundtrack for Now You See Me, and performed at CoachellaBonnaroo, and New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (a staggering 22 times). They are joined by vocal powerhouse Anjelika “Jelly” Joseph. Visit their website to learn more.

Pedrito Martínez Group | 3:45 p.m.

Photo by Danny Clinch

Cuban born and raised artist Pedro Pablo “Pedrito” Martínez began his musical career at the young age of 11, and is known as a consummate master of Afro-Cuban folkloric music and the batá drum. He has recorded or performed with world-class artists – including Bruce Springsteen, Eddie Palmieri, Dave Matthews, Jackson Browne, Elton John, James Taylor, and Sting – and has contributed to well over 100 albums. Pedrito toured the world in the mid to late 90’s, and was nominated for a Grammy. Visit his website to learn more.

Oh He Dead | 2:20 p.m.

DC-based Oh He Dead was founded in 2015 by singer CJ "Bowlin" Johnson and singer/guitarist Andy Valenti. Eight years later, the now six-piece group is known for their energetic live shows and music that ranges from soul to pop to funk to rock. Critics call the lead singer’s voice “a combination of Stevie Nicks and Tracy Chapman” (Kojo Nnamdi), and compliment the band’s “sublime instrumentation” (NPR) and “infectious and soulful sound” (Washington Post). Oh He Dead's second album, Pretty, will be out on September 15, right after this year’s Jazz Fest. Until then, they are releasing a new single every six weeks. Visit their website to learn more.

DuPont Brass | 1:00 p.m.

Originally composed of five music majors from Howard University raising money for tuition at local Metro stations, D.C.-based DuPont Brass has since grown to a nine-piece ensemble consisting of brass, a rhythm section, and vocalists. Through their training in classical and contemporary styles, DuPont Brass has developed a sound they've coined "Eclectic Soul" that mixes varied genres of music, including jazz, hip-hop, and R&B. Visit their website to learn more.


You got questions? The Rosslyn BID has answers! Click here to learn more about the do's, don'ts, tips, and tricks to make your Rosslyn Jazz Fest experience great.


While food trucks will be available at Jazz Fest, you are also welcome to bring in food to-go from our Rosslyn restaurants! From your favorite fast-casual spots to local sports bars and award-winning dine-in options, Rosslyn is full of eateries to satisfy any craving for every meal of the day.

Open Road will be open until 11 p.m., offering a special Jazz Fest cocktail (pictured) — a classic hurricane with a twist! 

Click here to see all the dining options in our neighborhood.


Rosslyn has numerous hotels nearby, making it easy to find a place to stay within short walking distance to Gateway Park! We've partnered with Hyatt Centric Arlington for a special package offer for Jazz Fest attendees.

Click here to see our full listing of hotels.

Stay tuned for more details as this event approaches, plus other pre-Jazz Fest events leading up to the festival! Subscribe to our weekly e-newsletter for regular updates and reminders, and follow us on social media @RosslynVA to stay in the loop on all things #RosslynJazz.

Thank you to our 2023 Rosslyn Jazz Fest sponsors!

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