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Associate Produced by acclaimed musician and Signature Theatre regular Mark G. Meadows (Jelly’s Last Jam), jazz gets a new home on the Root Family Stage on Saturday nights.


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Saturday, July 9
Akua Allrich

Saturday, July 16
Sheyda Do’a

Saturday, August 6
Danielle Wertz

Saturday, August 13
James Fernando

Saturday, August 20
Victor Provost

2021-2022 Season
Part of the 2021-2022 Season
  • Saturday, July 9

    Akua Allrich

    A favorite from last summer, Jazz vocalist and DC-native Akua Allrich has proven herself to be a musician of extraordinary talent and crowd-moving passion. With finesse and charisma, this vocalist, composer and teacher, has successfully etched out a place for her unique musical expression, electrifying audiences in and around the nation’s capital with sold-out performances. With the launch of her independently produced albums, A Peace of Mine, in 2010, Uniquely Standard, Akua Allrich Live!  in 2012, and her latest release Soul Singer, the young artist’s music and concerts created a significant buzz with critics and music-lovers alike.

    In case of rain, this event will be moved to the Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab

  • Saturday, July 16

    Sheyda Do’a

    DO’A is a pianist, singer, guitarist, and mathematician. She draws on her multi-cultural heritage and her upbringing in Albania to blend traditions and sounds into music for the soul, one that inspires across cultures and generations.

    DO’A began playing and singing early on under the guidance of her mother, a concert pianist. She later taught herself the guitar. DO’A seeks beauty in all forms: she is comfortable as much with abstract algebra as with playing Chopin and singing Bossa Nova. She writes and performs music to share her belief that our common humanity transcends all differences, and that our diversity is our strength.

    In case of rain, this event will be moved to the Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab.

  • Saturday, August 6

    Danielle Wertz

    Described as, "untarnished by the politics of music" (Jazz Music Archives) and "at home alongside more contemporary exponents of improvising singing" (LoudMouth, AU) DC-area native and artist, 2015 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition semi-finalist and 2017 Ella Fitzgerald Jazz Vocal Competition runner-up, Danielle Wertz has rapidly gained national acclaim. She has both headlined and supported local musicians at Blues Alley, The Smithsonian American Art Museum, Mr. Henry’s, Twins Jazz, Sotto, The DC Jazz Festival, The Mansion at Strathmore, HR-57 Center for the Preservation of Jazz and Blues, The Carlyle Club, The Creative Cauldron and Bethesda Blues and Jazz. She released her debut album to a sold-out room at The Arts Barn in Gaithersburg, co-led a concert with Lena Seikaly celebrating women in jazz at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in conjunction with the “Harlem Heroes” exhibit in 2017, and was featured on another Smithsonian concert performing “Rare and Never Recorded Works of Tadd Dameron.

    In case of rain, this event will be moved to the Mainstage.

  • Saturday, August 13

    James Fernando

    Hailed as a “prodigiously gifted composer and virtuoso pianist,” James Fernando creates music that lies at the intersection of jazz, classical, and electronic music. He relies on his genre-expanding original compositions to deliver thought provoking and exciting performances. The Berklee College of Music graduate has several releases to his name, including Extended Layover, The Lonely Sailor, Blackbird/Fly, and The Grind. James is on faculty at Levine Music in Washington, DC and is a Strathmore Artist in Residence.

    In case of rain, this will be moved to the Mainstage.

  • Saturday, August 20

    Victor Provost

    Born and raised on the island of St. John, Virgin Islands, Victor Provost is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading voices on the unique, and often misunderstood, steelpan. Through appearances at concert halls, clubs, and stages throughout the world, he has developed a reputation as a “dazzling” soloist, crafting an impressive improvisational voice and style. With a strong foundation in Bebop, a contemporary sensibility, and deep roots in Caribbean music, he seamlessly melds and mixes genres. The Washington D.C. City Paper’s “Jazz Percussionist of the Year” six years in a row, his most recent recording, Bright Eyes, debuted at #5 on the iTunes Top 40 Jazz Charts and was met with praise from The Washington Post, Downbeat Magazine, and Jazz Times.

    In case of rain, this event will be moved to the Mainstage.


All seating for Olney Outdoors is general admission and will be available on a first-come first-served basis. The venue opens approximately ½ hour prior to performance time except where noted. There will be several seating options available including:

  • A dedicated area for blankets
  • Seats provided by Olney Theatre
  • Bleachers provided by Olney Theatre
  • A dedicated area for those who bring their own seats
  • At heavily attended events, additional benches will be available on the plaza, along with picnic tables, and space to set up your own chairs

Spaces may not be reserved in advance. Please visit our accessibility page if you have special seating needs.



July 9 - August 20 2022

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