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31st Annual Capital Jazz Fest

The jazz festival with soul!
June 7-9, 2024

Theo Croker
Gregory Porter
Joss Stone
Anthony Hamilton
Andra Day
Meshell Ndegeocello
Black Violin
Chrisette Michele
El DeBarge
Louie Vega & The Elements of Life
Lalah Hathaway
Come Get To This: A Tribute to Marvin Gaye (with special surprise guests)
Keyon Harrold featuring special guest Stout
Karyn White
Doug E. Fresh with The Chuck Brown Band
Jon B
Theo Croker
Leela James
Raheem DeVaughn
The Jones Girls featuring Shirley Jones
Kindred the Family Soul
Spyro Gyra
CeCe Peniston
Alex Bugnon
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Capital Jazz Fest 2024!

The 31st annual Capital Jazz Fest is coming June 7-9, 2024! Held each year during Black Music Month since 1993, the Capital Jazz Fest is one of the longest running festivals in the DMV and one of the premier black music events in the country, featuring over 30 acts over three days. In-between musical sets, enjoy the juried craft vendors at the Festival Marketplace, culinary treats at the food courts, and interactive Q&A sessions with the artists.


Festival Highlights

  • The Fest kicks off with our annual Friday Night Soul! concert, this year featuring Grammy-winners Anthony Hamilton and Chrisette Michele, plus “The Lioness”, soul singer Teedra Moses!
  • Two-time Grammy-winner Gregory Porter will be headlining the Saturday show on the Pavilion Stage. Following his performance on Saturday night, he’ll be doing a Q&A session at Club 9:32, located near the West Food Court on the festival grounds. The session is free and open to all fest-goers!
  • Grammy and Emmy-winning singer Andra Day will be performing at the festival for the very first time! Check out her brand new album Cassandra, available now! She’ll also be doing a live Q&A session at Club 9:32 following her performance on Sunday night.
  • Other acts on the bill include Kem, Babyface, Jodeci, Joss Stone, El DeBarge, Lalah Hathaway, and many more!
  • Come Get to This: A Tribute to Marvin Gaye, on the Pavilion Stage on Sunday, featuring several special surprise musical guests!
  • Grammy-nominated duo Black Violin, who first performed at our festival five years ago, returns this year to present their distinctive sound which blends string arrangements with hip-hop beats. Complete with their own DJ and drummer, their sound can best be described as a fusion of classical, jazz, hip-hop, and funk.
  • Louie Vega & The Elements of Life will be making a rare live appearance at this year’s festival. Conducted by legendary DJ/producer “Little Louie” Vega, the jazz/funk/dance/soul ensemble will feature lead vocals by Josh Milan and Cindy Mizelle. If you’re a fan of bands like Incognito and The Brand New Heavies, you are in for a treat with The Elements of Life!
  • Legendary jazz fusion band Spyro Gyra, who performed at our very first festival in 1993, returns to the Fest this year in celebration of their 50th anniversary!
  • Classic soul from legendary band Switch, known for their quiet storm classics such as “There’ll Never Be”, “I Wanna Be Closer”, and “I Call Your Name”. Plus, The Jones Girls featuring Shirley Jones will be performing their hits, including “Nights Over Egypt”, “Dance Turned Into A Romance”, “I Just Love The Man”, and many more.
  • Performing at the Fest for the first time this year will be Grammy-winning trumpeter Keyon Harrold, with special guest vocalist Stout. Also making first-time appearances will be saxophonist/vocalist Braxton Cook, soul/jazz singer Lori Williams, Grammy-nominated trumpeter Theo Croker, and saxophonist/vocalist Marqueal Jordan, plus legendary 90s R&B/dance diva CeCe Peniston.
  • The Chuck Brown Band carries on the legacy of the late go-go legend as they return to the festival and share the stage with hip-hop icon Doug E. Fresh!
  • Plus many more artists! CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FULL LINEUP

Check out the highlight video from the 2023 festival!

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See more scenes from the 2023 festival on our Capital Jazz TV page at

Group Sales

If you have a group of 12 or more persons who will be attending this year’s festival on the same day, you’re eligible to purchase group tickets and have the per-ticket service charges waived. Great for friends, family members, colleagues, organization members, or other groups who will be attending the festival together. Available only through April 26, 2024. For more info, visit our GROUP & VIP TICKET INFO PAGE.

What is the Capital Jazz Fest?

Each year in June, tens of thousands of music lovers from throughout the country flock to the suburbs of Washington, D.C. to attend “the jazz festival with soul”: The Capital Jazz Fest. Started in 1993, this outdoor festival has become the place to be on the first full weekend of June! A place to people-watch, eat, drink, shop, mingle, relax, soak in the rays, make new friends, and of course hear some of the coolest  music on the planet!

Over the past 30 years, the festival has showcased a “Who’s Who” of musical talent including everyone from Al Jarreau, Grover Washington, Jr., Nancy Wilson, Ray Charles, Gladys Knight, Isaac Hayes, Anita Baker, Chuck Brown, George Duke, Incognito, and Natalie Cole to Erykah Badu, Snarky Puppy, Musiq Soulchild, Ledisi, Common, John Legend, Robert Glasper, Mary Mary, and Raphael Saadiq.

See what festival patrons are saying about the Capital Jazz Fest…

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