Rosslyn Jazz Fest returns September 2019 to Gateway Park

Jazz Fest features the sounds of Suffers, Cha Wa, Leyla McCala, JoGo Project

The Rosslyn Jazz Fest is returning September 7 at Gateway Park in Arlington, Va. As a wrap-up to the summer season, the Rosslyn Jazz Fest is a great way to take in a medley of sounds. Expect to be enchanted by the rhythm of the Gulf Coast. Jazz, blues, soul, funk and Caribbean genres are coming together all in one place. This is Arlington’s largest music festival. The Suffers from Houston headline this year’s Rosslyn Jazz Fest. Fresh from SXSW and San Francisco Jazz Fest, this eight-piece band is sure to be a real treat for Arlington.

And it doesn’t stop there. Cha Wa, which mixes up New Orleans brass band with Mardi Gras Indian traditions, will also perform. Cha Wa received a Grammy nomination in 2018 for its recent album, “Spyboy.” The album highlights Cha Wa’s new horn section and vocals provided by frontman J’Wan Boudreaux. He is the grandson of the Big Chief of the Golden Eagles tribe.

Additionally, Leyla McCalla, formerly of the Grammy award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, will also perform. She has won rave reviews from Offbeat magazine and The New York Times. A New York-born Haitian-American who sings in French, Haitian Creole and English, McCalla plays cello, tenor banjo and guitar.

Leyla McCalla will perform at the 2019 Rosslyn Jazz Festival.
Leyla McCalla will perform at the 2019 Rosslyn Jazz Fest. Photo via Rosslyn BID.

D.C.’s go-go/jazz ensemble, JoGo Project, join these bands to round out the entertainment planned for the Rosslyn Jazz Fest. Said the announcement, “JoGo Project is inspired by the musical stylings of Chuck Brown. A mix of jazz and go-go, the group performs throughout the DMV and has played at The Kennedy Center, Blues Alley, Funk Parade, H-Street Festival, Velvet Lounge, The Lincoln Theater and many others.”

Enjoy the music in an open air format, with local food trucks, a pop-up beer and wine garden accessible throughout the day. Also, the Rosslyn BID will offer up the latest interactive installation aboard the Arlington Art Truck. Arlington’s Gateway Park has a prime location, easily accessible by bike and public transportation. The Rosslyn Jazz Fest starts at 1 p.m. and ends at 7 p.m.

Click over to the website to obtain more information for planning a trip to the Jazz Fest.

Photo credit: Rosslyn BID

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