The sixth annual Silver Spring Jazz Festival will begin at 3:30 p.m. Saturday and conclude with a performance by Allen Toussaint, a keyboardist, vocalist, composer and record producer. The 71-year-old Louisiana native will take the stage at 9:15 p.m., following performances by the Unified Jazz Ensemble, featuring Karen Gray, Afro Bop Alliance, the Marcus Johnson Project, the Madison Sweet Heaven Kings and jazz cutting contests involving the High School Jazz Ensemble.
The festival will be held behind the Lee Building in downtown Silver Spring at Georgia Avenue and Colesville Road. The event is presented by the Celebrate Downtown Silver Spring Foundation, Montgomery County's Silver Spring Regional Center and numerous corporate sponsors. Participants are urged to use public transportation and take a blanket or beach chair.
For information, call the Silver Spring Regional Center, 301-565-7300 or visit http://www.silverspringdowntown.com.