The Rosslyn Jazz Festival is an annual music celebration in Gateway Park just across Key Bridge from Washington, DC. The event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Rosslyn BID, and presented by Arlington Cultural Affairs. This year is the 25th anniversary of the festival and features locally, nationally and internationally acclaimed artists including Funk/Afrobeat ensemble The Funk Ark, internationally acclaimed Sonny Knight & The Lakers, Ethiopian pop music inspired Debo Band, and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, a group whose music has been featured on the HBO series Treme. The festival will feature food truck row, an expanded beer and wine garden, and a variety of onsite fashion trucks.
New for 2015! This year's event will kick off with a performance on Friday night. Enjoy live music with panoramic views from the 33rd floor of Rosslyn's tallest building. Free registration is required.
Date and Time
September 11-12, 2015, Friday 6-9 p.m., Saturday, 1 - 7 p.m.
Saturday - Gateway Park, N. Lynn Street and Lee Highway Rosslyn, Virginia
(just two blocks from the Rosslyn Blue and Orange Line Metro Station)
Parking is available for $5 at Atlantic Parking Garage, 1911 N. Fort Myer Drive, entrance along N. Moore Street
Rosslyn Events Line: (703) 2-Rosslyn
2015 Performance Schedule
6-9 p.m. Troker and DJ G-Flux Kickoff Concert. The Jazz rock and World music band, Troker, from Guadalajara of Jalisco, Mexico kicks off the event from the region's tallest building overlooking the Potomac River. Enjoy the warmup by DJ G-Flux, an electronic, sample-based cumbia artist from Mexico City.
1:00 p.m. The Funk Ark: A Funk/Afrobeat ensemble founded by Will Rast. Drawing from the love of the Latin Funk/Dance music scenes of the 1960s and 70s, The Funk Ark creates music that is gritty, soulful, and invigorating.
2:20 p.m. Sonny Knight & The Lakers: Founded Sonny Knight, a musician who started his music career in the 60s, the band has created a new sound from Twin Cities funk and soul past, attracting attention from the likes of NPR’s World Café and WBEZ’s Sound Opinions.
3:50 p.m. Debo Band: An 11- member group led by Ethiopian-American saxophonist Danny Mekonnen and fronted by charismatic vocalist Bruck Tesfaye, the band has won raves for their take on Ethiopian pop music, including the honor of being on NPR Music’s 50 Favorite Albums of 2012.
5:20 p.m. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band: Their music has been featured on the HBO series Treme, named for the New Orlean’s mid-city neighborhood where the band had formed. DDBB is a living, breathing embodiment of the continued vitality and evolution of the sounds of the city.