27th Annual Rosslyn Jazz Fest

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When: Saturday, September 9, 1-7PM
Where: Gateway Park, Rosslyn, VA
Cost: Free
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Enjoy a day of great music, great food, and great drinks at the Rosslyn Jazz Fest. You’ll join over 5,000 music fans listening to the sounds of The Soul Rebels, Xenia Rubinos, Lee Fields and The Expressions, and Joe Keyes and the Late Bloomer Band.

Local food trucks will be available as well as an all-day discount code where you can get 15% off your bill at nearby restaurants.

About the performers

Eight piece brass ensemble THE SOUL REBELS are riding high in 2017 after touring four continents including Europe, Australia, debuting in China and Japan, selling out shows, collaborating live with artists spanning from Nas, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Marilyn Manson, G-Eazy, Joey Bada$$, Curren$y, Talib Kweli, Trombone Shorty, Pretty Lights and Big Freedia among many others, and opening for Lauryn Hill.The Soul Rebels started with an idea – to expand upon the pop music they loved on the radio and the New Orleans brass tradition they grew up on. They took that tradition and blended funk and soul with elements of hip hop, jazz and rock. The band has settled on an eight-piece all-brass lineup and have built a career around an eclectic live show that harnesses the power of horns and drums in a deep pocket funk party-like atmosphere. When not touring, The Soul Rebels’ weekly show at New Orleans’ Le Bon Temps Roulé is known to erupt with the kind of contagious, shout-along musical mayhem that The Rebels bring with them wherever they perform.

Lee Fields initially made his name among die-hard funk fans with a series of hard-hitting singles recorded for various small labels during the ’70s. Everything about Fields — his look, his vocals, the grooves on his records — was so indebted to James Brown that he earned the nickname “Little J.B.” Fields never hit it big, but his rough-and-tumble singles went on to become popular collectors’ items. After a lengthy hiatus, Fields returned in the ’90s as a soul-blues belter playing to female-heavy audiences on the Southern circuit. Thanks to sample-obsessed hip-hoppers and British rare-groove aficionados, interest in obscure vintage funk reached a peak in the late ’90s, and Fields was fortunate enough to have remained active when new recordings in the style became a viable proposition. Energized by his return to raw, heavy, James Brown-style funk, Fields emerged as the leading light of the so-called deep funk movement with a series of recordings that often equaled, and sometimes outdid, his early work.

Xenia Rubinos, a visionary singer and music maker dips in and out of genre and structure to create movingly powerful songs with her O.G. Signature sound. Xenia’s powerhouse vocals are the center of her music which grows from a wide range of influences. After a move to New York, Xenia began working her voice into compositions and improvisations. Feeling an urgency to perform new music, she started experimenting with vocal looping and worked up the courage to play keyboards in public. She self-released her debut album Magic Trix in 2012. By the following year the album had generated a lot of interest from artists and critics alike and caught the attention of Ba Da Bing! Records who licensed the album for official release in 2013. Xenia went on to tour the US & Europe extensively both as a headliner and support act for such bands as Battles, Deerhoof, Man Man, Coco Rosie and others. Her energetic live show and presence echoes some of the larger than life icons she admired as a child like Nina Simone while her powerful vocals recall the soulfulness of Erykah Badu while wielding a space in music that is utterly her own. “I think my signature sound is a collage of different musics coming together on a visceral level, connecting the dots with my voice and imagination.”

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