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DC Jazz Festival

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600 14th St NW The Hamilton, Washington DC, DC 20005-2008
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DC G wrote a review Jun 2018
Washington DC, District of Columbia61 contributions37 helpful votes
We attended 5 events during the month of Jazz Fest and I could tell that an enormous amount of work was put in to the planning of this festival. So kudos for all those involved who spent so much time working on it. The website and the printed brochure were really well done....great graphic design and lots of options from which to choose. There seems to be lots of conflict from the posted start times on all the materials and the actual start times once you arrived at an event. People plan their days around these times, especially with the DC traffic, so that could be improved. I saw SO many staff members and employees at this festival, but not many of them could answer basic questions. Because the weather was so hot, those bands who played outside at the Wharf did not seem to pull in a very loud crowd. They need a large tarp or some huge umbrellas, so people could sit outside and not get toasted by the sun. Most people were listening to the jazz outside under trees and awnings, far away from the bands, because the sun was just too oppressive. I also went to the main event at the Anthem, which was not as well attended as I would have hoped....and expecting guests to stay for 5 hours, yes 5 hours of performances was asking too much..wayyyyy too long other than that, i thought the idea of having jazz all throughout the city was a great idea...lots of venues and some really unusual ones as well
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Date of experience: June 2018
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Popsicle-t0es1 wrote a review Jun 2016
Washington DC, District of Columbia184 contributions104 helpful votes
I attended 2016 DC Jazz Fest At The Yards, an annual event that's held at the Navy Yards Park, a couple of blocks from the Navy Yard metro. It was an okay event. First, there was conflicting information about start time, DC Jazz Fest website said it was 3pm, TicketMaster website said it was 2pm, and its FAQ said the gate would open at 1pm. We arrived there at 1.30pm and the gate was not opened yet, so we waited for 30 minutes before we were let in (thank goodness there was some shade as it was close to 90 degrees that day!) Second, the website's FAQ said no cooler was allowed, only unopened bottles of water. But when we got there, almost everybody else brought food in a cooler with them. The food choices at the event were abysmal and expensive ($18 for a lobster roll!!) so we would definitely bring our own food if we ever attend next time. Third, unlike New Orleans Jazz Fest and other outdoor jazz festivals we attended, there was no proper schedule posted on the website beforehand, so we weren't able to come in just before our favorite band was about to come on stage. As a result, we had to sit through hours of bad performances before the main bands started. It was excruciating! So if you're there to watch the main attraction, it's better off if you drop by at around 5pm, then you can skip all the lousy bands (not to mention the heat) for hours. The main performance we wanted to see, Eddie Palmieri, didn't start until 8pm, so you can imagine how disgruntled I felt waiting from 2pm - 8pm. Luckily the band beforehand, The Chuck Brown Band, was good and lively, so that helped. All in all, it was an average event that I will probably attend again but it's not the best jazz fest I've experienced.
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Date of experience: June 2016
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