Anacostia River and Jazz Festival

ThatKellieGirl and Marcus Johnson at the Anacostia River and Jazz Festival

So for the last two weeks, ThatKellieGirl has had some computer issues.  😦  I’ve had some trouble uploading all the fabulous pictures I want to share with you!   I think the issue is temporarily fixed, so look for some posts about events that have occurred in the last week or so.

One of the fabulous events I wanted to share with you was the Anacostia River and Jazz Festival.  The weather was a little cool, but attendees’ spirits were warm and festive.  It was well-organized with great activities for everyone.  The festival really has the potential to become a signature East of the River event.

In celebration of the Anacostia River Watershed, National Park Week, and Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM), the National Park Service showcased the  jazz heritage and the natural and cultural treasures found throughout the Anacostia area.

There were awesome performances from talented jazz artists such as the Brazilian musical group Origem,the international jazz harmonica player, Frédéric Yonnet, and DC’s renowned jazz keyboardist, composer and producer Marcus Johnson.  There also were youth performances from The East of the River Boys and Girls Steel Band, Jazz Tales and Traditions with Victor Provost, and Tony Small and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington Teen Arts Performance Troupe.

The event also included face painting, a scavenger hunt, storytelling, paddling trips, and exhibits along the Anacostia River.

The Anacostia River is a natural resource that I hope more community members will begin to appreciate and use.  And Anacostia Park currently is going through major renovations to make the park even more enjoyable for the community. So let’s continue to support our park, so we can continue to have more great events like the Anacostia River and Jazz Festival.

And be on the look out for the upcoming East of the River Jazz Fest, June 1st – 10th.  Come support! 🙂


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