September 4, 2012

Move and Groove at the Silver Spring Jazz Festival

The Silver Spring Jazz Festival returns to the heart of Downtown Silver Spring on September 8 for its 9th year of unique sounds and jazz vibes to get you on your feet to move and groove.

The event is free and will run from 4:30-10 p.m. at Veterans Plaza at the Silver Spring Civic Building.

This year’s headliner is Grammy award-winning and Academy Award-nominated artist, Sergio Mendes. Known for his bossa nova/jazz/funk musical style, Mendes has produced several Gold and Platinum hits that have reached the top of Billboard charts throughout his 50-year career.  He has collaborated with artists such as, Stevie Wonder, Erikah Bahdu, Justin Timberlake and countless others.

Also performing at the festival will be Marcus Johnson, the Bruce Swaim Quartet and Elliot Levine.

Attendees are encouraged to use public transportation – the Silver Spring Metro (Red Line) is two blocks away – and to bring a blanket and/or beach chair.  Food vendors will be available onsite. 

Free parking is available in public parking garages in downtown Silver Spring. In addition to the Wayne Ave. and Town Center garages, festival goers may want to check other public parking garages in Silver Spring that may be less crowded, including Garage 2 at Spring and Cameron sts.; Garage 4 at Fenton St. and Silver Spring Ave.; Garage 21 at Spring St. and Colesville Rd.; and Garage 5 at Bonifant St. and Dixon Ave.

For more information, call 240-777-6821.

Watch Marcus Johnson’s interview on “Mosaic.”