1:00 pm-7:00 pm
Two-time Grammy award winner and former Snarky Puppy keyboardist Cory Henry will headline the 2018 Rosslyn Jazz Festival with his new band The Funk Apostles. The group will bring their unique blend of blues, soul, R&B, Afrobeat, gospel and jazz to the festival in advance of their album release later this year. Sponsored by the Rosslyn Business Improvement District (BID) and Arlington Arts, the free Rosslyn Jazz Fest will take place Saturday, September 8, from 1 to 7 p.m. in Gateway Park.
In addition, one of Cuba’s most critically acclaimed bands, Orquesta Akokánwill make their D.C.-area debut at the festival. Their self-titled debut album on Daptone Records was released earlier this year and described by NPR as a “a loving tribute to the sax and brass-driven orchestras of the past that operated like one giant rhythm machine.” Rounding out the bill is Seattle’s eight-piece soul band True Loves, and D.C.’s own AZTEC SUN voted by the Washington City Paper as the “Best Local Original Band.”
The free festival—now in its 28th season—brought out a record-breaking crowd of over 10,000 music fans last year. Along with the music, attendees can enjoy local food trucks and a beer and wine garden. The festival is easily accessible by WMATA (five-minute walk from Rosslyn Metro Station), bikeshare and Sprynt rideshare along the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor. Limited parking is also available.