The Silver Spring Jazz Festival will go on this summer after all, thanks largely to community feedback in reaction to a Source story about its apparent demise in favor of a series of smaller events.

“A lot of things were on the table as to how we could do things different to accomplish a variety of goals,” said Reemberto Rodriguez, director of the Silver Spring Regional Center. “At one point, we were thinking of doing certain things, as you had reported. We listened to some good folks who said, ‘Wait a minute, why so fast, why so abruptly?’

“Let’s approach this in a different way,” he said about the county’s decision process. “What if we were to do this festival with a different scope, on a different scale, and still have a quality Silver Spring Jazz Festival? So that’s what we’re trying to do at the moment.”

The festival will be held Saturday, Aug. 24, according to county press release. The list of performers and the schedule will be released in a few weeks, Rodriguez said.

The festival news was part of an announcement about this year’s Silver Spring Thursday Night Concerts, which will begin  June 20 at 7 p.m. on Veterans Plaza. The free shows will continue each Thursday through Aug. 8.

The summer lineup is: 

  • June 20: The Back Pages Band (60s/70s tribute) 
  • June 27: Josh Christina (rockabilly) 
  • July 11: Route 66 Band (classic rock, country) 
  • July 18: Marc Berger Band (American roots) 
  • July 25: MoCo’s Got Talent (variety) 
  • Aug. 1: The HitTime Revue Featuring Jimi Smooth (R&B, soul), and 
  • Aug. 8: The Soul Crackers (Motown soul).

In addition, the Regional Center has complied a list of other community events and festivals that are scheduled at different venues in the area this year.

Aaron Neville at the 2010 Silver Spring Jazz Festival. Photo by Mike Diegel.

Mike Diegel

Co-Founder/Editor at Source of the Spring
Mike Diegel, a founding member of Source of the Spring, is a Silver Spring advocate who has been appointed by the county executive to several committees and task forces. He currently is a member of the Silver Spring Arts & Entertainment District Advisory Committee. His background is in journalism and he earned a bachelor of arts in communications from McDaniel College. He is self-employed as a communications consultant and is an active volunteer with Appalachian Great Pyrenees Rescue. He has lived for more than 20 years in Northwood/Four Corners with his wife Trish and multiple Great Pyrenees dogs. He is better known around Silver Spring as the Guy with the Big White Dogs.
Jazz Festival Will Be Held This Summer After All