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) began Wednesday October 9 and concludes Saturday October 12.
A special performance by saxophonist Herb Scott takes place Thursday, Oct 10 at the Hill Center (921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE). Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door and can be purchased online.
The event winds up 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 Lori Williams and Rodney Whitaker.
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. There will be children’s storytelling with Sylvia Zwi and a performance by Oasis Dance Collective, as well as from Oye Palaver Hut.
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.
Performances at The Concert in the Park begin at 10 a.m. with the last show beginning at 7 p.m. 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.