1800 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE
The DC Jazz Festival’s Jazz in the Hoods series – spotlighting many of the performers and venues in the district outside the major venues of the festival – launches in Anacostia with an event co-presented by East River Jazz. Music starts at noon and continues at four stages scattered around the Anacostia Business Improvement District, a region of Southeast where community businesses are trying to revitalize the area, centered around Martin Luther King Avenue SE at the intersection of U Street SE.
The Anacostia Arts Center presents straight-ahead performers like The Washington Jazz Arts Institute, Check It Enterprises hosts a mix of jazz and hip-hop artists like saxophonist Herb Scott, Bus Boys & Poets showcases artists like the above at other points in the day. East River Jazz also holds forth at the National Service Contractors Parking Lot and features performances by pianist Bill Washburn, soul and jazz singer Tamika “Love” Jones, trumpeter Charmaine Michelle and headliners Elijah Jamal Balbed’s Jo-Go Project, the go-go/jazz fusion group that is always a favorite of D.C. audiences.