WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 2, 2015 — The DC Jazz Festival® (DCJF) announces two shows on the Capitol Riverfront at Yards Park— Events DC Presents: DC JazzFest at The Yards— Friday, June 12 and Saturday, June 13. Tickets go on sale April 2 for the Saturday, June 13 show featuring an amazing lineup that includes multiple award-winner COMMON, Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding Presents: Emily’s D+Evolution, Nigerian Afrobeat sensation Femi Kuti and The Positive Force, and perennial DC favorite, saxophonist Marshall Keys.
Events DC Presents: DC JazzFest at The Yards will be preceded by a free show on Friday, June 12 at The Yards featuring fabled New Orleans brass/funk band the Soul Rebels and world-renowned songstress Sharón Clark, a DCJF gift to the DC community and Festival patrons from around the world.
The fastest growing jazz festival in the U.S., this year the DC Jazz Festival will welcome a diverse selection of locally, nationally and internationally acclaimed artists, performing in venues across the nation’s capital, June 10-16.
The Festival’s outdoor showcase on the Capitol Riverfront at Yards Park returns for the second straight year, by popular demand. The event is a two-day blowout at which fans will enjoy cool jazz at the beautiful urban, green, innovative Yards Park, overlooking the Anacostia River. It will include beverage tastings, chef demonstrations, family-friendly activities, cabanas and a marketplace.
“Events DC is proud to support live music and performing arts in our city. Our ongoing relationship with the DC Jazz Festival is at the heart of this commitment,” said Erik Moses, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Events DC, Sports and Entertainment Division. “The diversity of the lineup is sure to attract a broad spectrum of fans and audiences alike. Common, Esperanza Spalding, and Femi Kuti are a perfect complement to the DC Jazz Fest and we could not be happier.”
“Jazz at Yards Park is an outstanding setting in which to enjoy some of the best live jazz today,” said Deborah Ratner Salzberg, president of Forest City Washington. “The waterfront Yards Park has quickly become the centerpiece for the growing Yards neighborhood and the return again this year of DC JazzFest is an important reason why.”
Tickets will be available for purchase via Ticketmaster on April 2. Capitol Riverfront at Yards Park is located at 355 Water St. SE. Gates open at 2:00 pm on Saturday, June 13. Performances begin at 3:00 pm (subject to change). The Marketplace is open 2:00 until 9:00 pm. Music ends at 10:00 pm. Blankets, lawn chairs and small coolers are allowed.
June 13 Performance Schedule (Ticketed, Gates 2:00 pm)
Femi Kuti and the Positive Force at 8:30 pm
Common at 6:30 pm
Esperanza Spalding Presents Emily’s D+Evolution at 4:45 pm
Marshall Keys at 3:00 pm
June 12 Performance Schedule (Free, Gates 5:00 pm)
Soul Rebels at 8:00 PM
Sharón Clark at 6:30 PM
About DC JazzFest
As the largest and most diverse music festival in the nation’s capital, the DCJF reaches more than 60,000 visitors of all ages each year.
Tickets are available now for DC JazzFest at The Hamilton Live co-presented by The Washington Post, featuring seven nights of exciting, eclectic performances from an array of acclaimed artists, June 10-16. The lineup includes such notable artists as: The Bad Plus Joshua Redman, Snarky Puppy, Jack DeJohnette Trio featuring Ravi Coltrane and Matthew Garrison; John Scofield Überjam Band featuring Andy Hess, Avi Bortnick and Tony Mason; Paquito D’Rivera Quintet featuring Edmar Castenada (opener); Stanton Moore Trio; and Charlie Hunter Trio with Bobby Previte and Curtis Fowlkes. For more information, visit www.dcjazzfest.org.
The 2015 DC Jazz Festival will be held June 10-16. For a complete schedule and more information, visit www.dcjazzfest.org.
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About DC Jazz Festival®(DCJF): With more than 125 performances in nearly 60 venues across the city, the DC JazzFest is one of the largest music festivals in the country. A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the DCJF has experienced spectacular year-by-year growth. As the fastest-growing jazz festival in the U.S., the DCJF celebrates America’s unique original art form during this international event that attracts jazz lovers from around the world to the nation’s capital. The DCJF also presents year-round programs with performances featuring local, nationally and internationally acclaimed artists. The DCJF's mission is to promote music, particularly jazz, education programs and actively support community outreach to expand and diversify its audience of jazz enthusiasts. The 2015 DC JazzFest will take place June 10-16. For more information about the DCJF and its activities, visit www.dcjazzfest.org.
About Events DC
Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, delivers premier event services and flexible venues across the nation’s capital. Leveraging the power of a world-class destination and creating amazing attendee experiences, Events DC generates economic and community benefits through the attraction and promotion of business, athletic, entertainment and cultural activities. Events DC oversees the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, an anchor of the District’s hospitality and tourism economy that generates over $400 million annually in total economic impact, and the historic Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square. Events DC manages the Stadium-Armory campus, which includes Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium and surrounding Festival Grounds, the non-military functions of the DC Armory and Maloof Skate Park at RFK Stadium. Events DC also built and now serves as landlord for Nationals Park, the first LEED-certified major professional sports stadium in the United States. For more information, please visit www.eventsdc.com.
Proud major sponsors of the DC JazzFest, to date, include: Events DC; Forest City Washington, Capitol Riverfront BID, The Washington Post; ABC7/WJLA-TV and News Channel 8; Squire Patton Boggs, LLP; LCG, Sage Communications; Clyde’s Restaurant Group and Hamilton Live; Renaissance Hotels, Destination DC; WHUR; the Washington City Paper; Linda and Michael Sonnenreich; Amtrak; WMATA; The Washington Informer; WAMU, Washington Parent, WPFW, and Hipnotic Records.
The DC Jazz Festival®, a 501(c)(3) non-profit service organization, is made possible, in part, with major grants from the Government of the District of Columbia, Muriel Bowser, Mayor; and, in part, by major grants from the Anne and Ronald J. Abramson Family Foundation, Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Mayo Charitable Foundation, NEA Foundation, CrossCurrents Foundation, New Music USA; and with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts; and by the City Fund, administered by The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region. ©2015 DC Jazz Festival. All rights reserved.