On February 16, more than two dozen jazz groups and musicians will provide three days of entertainment at the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival.

In just a few weeks, the Rockville Hilton Hotel will welcome back the region’s annual Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival.  Festivities kick off at 4 p.m. on Friday, February 16 and conclude with Sunday February 18’s midnight jam session featuring The Wes Biles Trio. Daily events and performances will feature regional/touring musicians and school bands, as well vending, interviews, workshops and masterclasses. Tickets may be purchased on the festival’s website. Prices vary. General Ground Pass $5 | Juke Joint and Club Stages $20 | Ronnie Wells' Main Stage $50+ | Voyager Passport $225 Schedule: Friday | events start at 4 p.m. Saturday | events start at 9 a.m. Sunday | events start at 10:30 a.m.
Expect to see all sorts of musical talents on the Potomac stage, including various dance workshops, and Gospel speakers and soloists, while The Atrium stage will feature a mix of college, high school, and lesser-known jazz bands and orchestras. The Discovery stage will feature all middle and high school jazz bands, which are the considered the best in the Mid-Atlantic Region. [gallery type="rectangular" ids="7418,7419,7420"] The more well-known acts, such as Wycliffe Gordon and Grammy award-winner Buster Williams, will perform on the main stage; the MAJF club stage will host nightly jam sessions at midnight and performances by Candice Bostwick and Braxton Cook. In all, 29 different bands, groups, and solo artists will be performing throughout the weekend. Interested patrons should visit the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival’s website for additional information. Will you be attending the festival? Which artist are you looking forward to seeing perform? Let us know in the comments below, and let's get the conversation started!

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