Jazz it Up With Hillfest Concert in the Park

Concert Concludes Four-Days of Focus on the Music


HillFest, the annual Jazz festival, music expo, and music conference of musicians, educators and music industry enthusiasts put together by the Capitol Hill Jazz Foundation (CHJF) takes place Wednesday October 3 through Saturday October 6.

The event concludes with the Hillfest Concert in the Park, produced by CHJF in partnership with the DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR). The show will occupy two stages in Capitol Hill’s Garfield Park (800 Third St. SE) which takes place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday. This year’s line-up features international touring and recording stars Stefon Harris & Blackout and Cheryl Pepsii Riley.

The Saturday concert event includes special performances for children at the kid’s stage, food and arts-and-crafts vendors, dancing and so much more.


Members of Callaloo perform on the children’s stage at Hillfest 2017. The children’s media brand promotes cultural understanding and social awareness education for toddlers and children aged 3-7, and put on a live show with puppets and interactive activities. Courtesy: CHJF/Hillfest

HillFest brings musicians together with local and national government officials and educators as part of CHJF’s efforts in pursuit of its mission to impact both public policy and performances.

The event includes four days of conference and music exposition events in venues that include Eastern Market’s North Hall, the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, Mr. Henry’s Restaurant, the Corner Store and the Wilson Building, the latter home to DC’s political leadership. 

Conference panels on Wednesday and Thursday will look at subjects such as the impact of hip-hop and ways for jazz musicians to find their voice among the music industry’s top earners, how to engage more female jazz musicians as educators and performers and how to market jazz in the digital age.

On Friday, the Hillfest Music Exposition brings together members from diverse sections of the music industry to celebrate the District’s music infrastructure. The event connect musicians and companies in the music sector, including music educational programs, recording services, music instrument and equipment stores.

Main stage performers at Hillfest 2017. This year the free concert takes place in Garfield park Saturday, October 6.

For a full schedule, list of performers, participants in the conference panels and marketplace visit www.hillfest.org. Follow the festival on social media @HillFestDC and tag you and your crew: #HillFestDC and #HillFestDC2018

The Capitol Hill Jazz Foundation’s mission is to serve the Washington, DC Jazz community by providing a weekly jam session, an annual Jazz festival, and arts advocacy on behalf of DC Jazz musicians. The Foundation’s vision is to financially assist Washington DC-based Jazz musicians, venues, and education programs. For further information on CHJF, visit www.capitolhilljazzfoundation.org.