Rosslyn Jazz Fest returns for its 29th year in September

The event will be a combination of jazz, funk, blues, soul and Caribbean genres.

Photo courtesy of Rosslyn BID

Won’t you take me to … funky town?

For its 29th year, the Rosslyn Jazz Fest is back on Sept. 7, in Gateway Park.

The free, all-day music festival will feature a variety of genres and talented stars, including the eight-piece headlining band The Suffers, who have performed at SXSW in Austin, Texas, NPR’s “Tiny Desk Concerts” and on Jimmy Kimmel Live!.

Other artists include the New Orleans brass band Cha Wa, known for fiery energy and traditional Mardi Gras Native American attire. The band will perform hits from its Grammy-nominated album Spyboy with new frontman J’Wan Bourdreaux. He’s the grandson of the prominent Mardi Gras Native American Monk Bourdreaux, the Big Chief of the Golden Eagles tribe.

Singer/cellist Leyla McCalla, formerly of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, will be performing songs from her most-recent album The Capitalist Blues, which she says is her way of processing the current political environment. McCalla sings in French, Haitian-Creole and English, and plays cello, tenor banjo and guitar.

The JoGo Project will also perform its music inspired by the stylings of Chuck Brown through a mix of jazz and go-go.

Attendees can enjoy the live music while indulging in items from local food trucks and sips from the pop-up beer and wine garden, as well as the latest installation in the Arlington Art Truck. // Gateway Park: 1300 Lee Highway, Arlington; Sept. 7, 1-7 p.m.; free

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