Critically acclaimed artists Joel Ross 'Good Vibes,' Eric Byrd Trio, VERONNEAU, and Cubano Groove perform modern, straight, contemporary, and Latin jazz into the evening.
The all-ages concert is free.
Due to Emergency Public Health Guidelines, attendance will be limited and seating will be assigned. Early RSVPs are encouraged. A waiting list will be available for late registrants.
Pre-registration is required for all attendees, regardless of age. Parties are limited to four people or fewer. Those who are not listed on your registration, including infants and children, will not be granted entry. You have the option to edit your attendee information later by logging into Eventbrite and updating your tickets.
Masks covering the nose and mouth will be required for all attendees over age 2.
Gates open at 3 p.m. and parties must use their assigned entry point.
Visitors should plan on bringing a blanket and chairs to enjoy the music from the grass, but leave umbrellas, tents, and pets at home. Attendees are asked to remain in their assigned seating areas unless visiting the restroom or food vendors.
• 4 p.m. Cubano Groove (Latin/bossa nova)
• 5:20 p.m. VERONNEAU (world/contemporary)
• 6:35 p.m. Eric Byrd Trio (straight)
• 8 p.m. Joel Ross ‘Good Vibes’ (modern)
Food and Drink
Goodies Frozen Custard truck and Dr. Feel Good’s prosecco van will be serving pre-ordered desserts, wine and beer for delivery in the park. Haute Dogs & Fries will have a pre-ordered picnic menu with timed contactless pickup. Directions to place orders will be sent after registration.
About Joel Ross 'Good Vibes' (@iamjoelmross)
Joel Ross, the Chicago-born, Brooklyn-based player and composer was recognized as a “bright young vibraphonist on his own rocket-like trajectory” by The New York Times. He played with Makaya McCraven, Walter Smith III, Matthew Stevens, Marquis Hill, Peter Evans and James Francies. He jammed with Herbie Hancock and studied with Stefon Harris to develop his artistry. The New York Times said he “is already widely known as jazz’s top prospect.” His debut album with Blue Note, KingMaker, was acclaimed in the Times, NPR Music, Pitchfork and more, and with the release of Who Are You?, Ross shares the culmination of a year-long exercise in experimenting and risk-taking on and off the bandstand.
About Eric Byrd Trio (@ericbyrdtrio)
For almost two decades, The Eric Byrd Trio—pianist/vocalist Eric Byrd, bassist Bhagwan Khalsa, and drummer Alphonso Young, Jr.—have traveled the world as enthusiastic ambassadors of jazz. Rooted in swing and be-bop, The Trio also embraces gospel and the blues as core elements of their expansive performance style. Their body of work spans seven unique studio and live recordings. They earned the 2020 Maryland State Arts Council Independent Artist Award for notable achievement. They have been sponsored by the U.S. State Department Jazz Ambassadors touring South America, Central America, the Caribbean, Eastern & Western Europe, and the Middle East.
About VERONNEAU (@VeronneauMusic)
VERONNEAU plays award-winning acoustic jazz with a global twist. French Canadian Lynn Veronneau fronts the multilingual band with her English husband, guitarist Ken Avis. They have toured Europe and North America, with live performances on BBC Radio as well as at The Kennedy Center, Strathmore, The Hamilton and DC Jazz Fest.
About Cubano Groove
Percussionist René Ibañez has performed with musicians of all genres, locally and abroad more than 30 years. His band, Cubano Groove, has deep roots both in Cuban and D.C.'s broader music scene. Featured at the 2016 D.C. Jazz Fest, the band was a mainstay at HR-57 jazz clubs, performing with icons such as Cuban pianist Chuchito Valdes. Ibañez has played with D.C. Latin legends Maria Rodriguez, Sin Miedo and singer/percussionist Alfredo Mojica, Jr.
About Alexandria’s Office of the Arts
The Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities promotes the value of arts and culture in Alexandria by nurturing, investing in, and celebrating the creative contributions of artists and arts organizations through the Office of the Arts division. By engaging the community, encouraging participation, and facilitating access to the arts, RPCA works with local artists and arts organizations to build a vibrant community for all of the City's residents, workers, and visitors. Learn more at alexandriava.gov/arts or follow @alexartsoffice on Instagram and Twitter. Add to the conversation with #artsALX.