2023 Musicians

Art & Ales Festival Musicians Lineup!

The Downtown Hyattsville Arts Festival is next Saturday, can you feel the electricity in the air? It’s not just thunder! We know you’ll all love the live music we have planned, here’s a little more about each of the artists:

Cheick Hamala Diabate

Born in Kita, Mali, into the family Diabate with a Jeli (Griot) tradition dating back over 800 years, Cheick Hamala Diabate is recognized as one of the most famous nÆgoni Jelis in both the Malian and international communities. The son of two Jeli families û Diabate and Tounkara û Mr. Diabate was trained from birth in the traditional manner of one born into a Jeli family. Trained in oral history, song and music, Mr. Diabate quickly became a master of several traditional Jeli instruments of historical importance. But he became renowned for his skill in playing the nÆgoni, a stringed lute and ancestor of the banjo, which he learned from his maternal grandfather, the great D ba Tounkara. He later learned to play the guitar from his uncle, Djelimadi Tounkara.In addition to the training received from within his Jeli family, Mr. Diabate attended both French and Islamic schools. At age 12, he was invited to study at the National Institute of the Arts in Bamako, MaliÆs capital. After completing his studies, he began an international touring careeR&Based in Bamako. He toured throughout West Africa, Europe, Asia, and Canada. He has since performed with well-known artists such as Yayi Kouyate, Ami Koita, Kandia Kouyate, Madi Tounkara, and Salif Keita. In 1995 Mr. Diabate came to the United States to pursue a career as an independentemperformer, lecturer, and instructor of traditional Jeli instruments with particular phasis on the nÆgoni. Since his arrival, he has since performed and presented at numerous venues, including the Smithsonian Institution, George Washington University, Brooklyn College, and New York State University. He has also worked with the KanKouran West African Dance Company, Maimouna Keita Dance Company, and the WÆose Cultural Institute.

Sara Jones

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is SaraJones1-1-1024x680.jpegSara Jones is the first place winner of the Billie Holiday Vocal Competition and semi-finalist in the American Traditions Competition, jazz vocalist Sara Jones has toured 49 states and performed in numerous concert halls across the country. 

Jones has performed as a soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, and Ravinia Festival Orchestra, under the batons of Emil de Cou and Erich Kunzel. An additional highlight includes a solo performance on the Esplanade with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Orchestra. In the Baltimore/Washington area, Jones was a featured vocalist with the Jazz Ambassadors and has graced the stages of the Hippodrome Theater, Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Strathmore Mansion, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. 

Jones, who began her musical career as a pianist, received her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance at St. Mary’s College of Maryland and her Master of Music in Piano Accompanying at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. After graduation, she chose to pursue a professional vocal career with the Soldiers’ Chorus of the U.S. Army Field Band, where she served for six years. Now a civilian, Jones maintains an active performing schedule and has recently released her debut CD, Daydream A Little on Petite Musique Records. A collection of beloved jazz standards and bossa novas, it features Jones and major Brazilian Jazz Group, Trio Da Paz. Jones’ schedule can be found on her website, sarajones.com.

Also an active educator, Jones is a professor at Towson University where she teaches Jazz and Commercial Voice and directs the Towson Vocal Jazz Ensemble. 

La Salvadoreina 

La Salvadoreina, aka Cindy Yomaira Zavala born and raised in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. She grew up in the Little El Salvador that exists in DC, Maryland and Virginia. Both of her parents and family are from El Salvador. The love for her culture and the lack of representation inspired her to start writing music and create the SalvadoReinas fashion brand. La Salvadoreina will be performing at 2 pm.

Janine Wilson’s music will speak to fans of rock, alt country and all sounds that resonate within the fabric of American Music. She has been honored with 10 Washington Area Music Awards (Wammies), including song and album of the year for her third CD, Wakin’ Up The Washington Post describes Janine as “poignant and seductive” and Richmond’s Style Weekly says, “…when Wilson digs her heels in and opens up her big voice, it’s best to pay close attention.”   

Foots X Coles

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Foots-X-Coles-1.jpgFoots X Coles is a versatile production duo hailing from the Washington D.C., metropolitan area. The group is made up of Foots (drummer, songwriter, singer) and Coles (producer, singer, pianist). Their music is a refreshing take on alternative R&B – spacey soul music with futuristic sounds and vivid lyrics. The duo’s latest album, Azure, was released in early 2020.

Makeup Girl Band

Makeup Girl started as two piece indie rock band 10 years ago in Mount Rainier MD, 3 blocks from DC. It was actually just Brody (vox, guitar) and Caleb (drums) for a brick but then we decided that kinda sucked so we starting adding people. We had a lot of other members (Billy Brophy, Ryland Heagy, and Bryce Dubayah to name a few) and band names but settled on Makeup Girl 3 years ago when we released our first EP. So there’s actually a lot of history lol but we we’re all like 14 so it didn’t really go anywhere…But now we have a solid lineup with Johnny Leader on guitar and Avery Steck on bass, and we are ready to make music.

Volunteer with the Downtown Hyattsville Arts Festival 9/23/2023

Call for Volunteers

The Downtown Hyattsville Arts Festival is seeking volunteers! We are looking for as many volunteer as possible, so we can set up, break down, and work the event itself--helping visitors move around, speaking with the artists and artisans, and taking plenty of photos! Volunteers can receive community service hours. It’s hard work, but rewarding. You’ll have the chance to meet artists, interact with other service-minded people, and to help your local community! Students, service organizations, churches, civic-minded individuals, or locals who want to pitch in are encouraged to sign up!

Help Us Spread the word! 

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Se Busca Voluntarios

El Festival de Arte de Hyattsville está buscando voluntarios! Buscamos la mayor cantidad de voluntarios posible, de modo que podamos configurar, dividir y trabajar el evento en sí mismo, ayudando a los visitantes a moverse, hablando con los artistas y artesanos, y tomando muchas fotos! Los voluntarios pueden recibir horas de servicio comunitario. Es un trabajo duro, pero gratificante. ¡Tendrá la oportunidad de conocer artistas, interactuar con otras personas con vocación de servicio y ayudar a su comunidad local! ¡Se alienta a los estudiantes, organizaciones de servicio, iglesias, personas con mentalidad cívica o residentes locales que deseen participar, a inscribirse!

¡Corre La Voz!

Haga clic aquí para descargar el folleto de los voluntarios de 2023 en Español

Festival Date September 23rd, 2023

Set Up Volunteers- 7am to 12pm

Looking for 20 strong individuals to help set up the festival booths and tents, and to ensure a safe and fun environment for visitors. Will also engage our very first festival attendees this year! Perks include free tasting passes to the beer elements of the festival (21+ only, valid after the shift)

Festival Volunteers- 12pm to 4pm

Looking for 10 outgoing individuals to guide our visitors toward parking and festival highlights, hand out information, assist with mainstage performances, and document our festival through photos and video. Perks include free tasting passes to the beer elements of the festival (21+ only, valid after the shift)

Break Down Volunteers- 4pm to 8pm

20 Vital individuals to help break down and clean up the festival in a timely manner for the convenience of the community, and to assist our invaluable artists in getting ready to leave.

Interested individuals and organizations should sign up- here! 

Questions? Ask Miss Lauren Williams or Brian Escobar at festival@hyattsvillecdc.org or call (301) 683-8267.



Festival es Sábado 23 de Septiembre 2023

Voluntarios de Apertura- 7am to 12pm

En busca de personas fuertes para ayudar a establecer las cabinas y carpas del festival, y para garantizar un ambiente seguro y divertido para los visitantes. ¡también involucraremos a nuestros primeros asistentes al festival este año! Las ventajas incluyen pases de degustación gratuitos para los elementos de cerveza del festival (solo para personas mayores de 21 años, válido después del turno)

Voluntarios de Evento- 12pm to 4pm

Buscando personas extrovertidas que guíen a nuestros visitantes hacia el estacionamiento y los aspectos más destacados del festival, distribuyan información, colaboren con las actuaciones principales y documenten nuestro festival a través de fotos y videos. Las ventajas incluyen pases de degustación gratuitos para los elementos de cerveza del festival (solo para mayores de 21 años, válido después del turno)

Voluntarios de clausura- 4pm to 8pm

Personas vitales para ayudar a dividir y limpiar el festival de manera oportuna para la conveniencia de la comunidad, y para ayudar a nuestros artistas invaluables a prepararse para partir.

Las personas y organizaciones interesadas deberían registrarse, ¡aquí!

¿Preguntas? Pregúntar a Srta. Lauren Williams o Brian Escobar en festival@hyattsvillecdc.org o llama al (301) 683-8267.

Pre-Festival Volunteers Wanted!

The 2018 Downtown Hyattsville Arts Festival: Arts & Ales is seeking volunteers! Will you consider contributing an hour or two to Hyattsville Community Development Corporation (HCDC) to make 2018 festival a success?

The Hyattsville CDC is dedicated to the revitalization and sustainable development of the Hyattsville community. Founded in the fall of 2000 by a few community activists, it seeks to develop arts, entertainment and public spaces in order to spur economic development in the Hyattsville area. Since its inception, the CDC has been leading major community development of the City’s commercial corridors.

The Downtown Hyattsville Arts Festival: Arts & Ales is Hyattsville CDC’s big annual event. It takes place Saturday, September 22, 2018, 12:00noon – 6:00pm. Its focus is to promote and present the multi-faceted art community of Hyattsville to the DC Metro community and its visitors. This year, the Festival will cover three streets (eight blocks) of downtown Hyattsville. And, we expect about 125 exhibiting artists and artisans, Maryland breweries and food vendors and live entertainment. More than 5,000 are expected to attend.


Click here to learn more on how you can get involved!


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