6:00 pm –9:00 pm
This is not your typical Friday Jazz. Curated by Groove Centric, the event will feature a musical area outside of the Museum (weather permitting), where the band will play throughout the evening, layering notes, improvising melodies, and drawing on inspiration from jazz history.
Reserve your tickets today for Friday Jazz. Walk-up tickets are not available. All tickets must be reserved online in advance.
- All tickets must be reserved online in advance. Walk-up tickets will not be available.
- Members enjoy FREE tickets to Friday Jazz; however, tickets must be reserved in advance.
- Guest passes are valid for general admission only and cannot be redeemed during this event.
New Safety Precautions for Friday Jazz:
- All guests over the age of two are required to wear a mask while inside the Museum.
- Eating and drinking may take place in designated areas outside on the Orkin Terrace and on the Piazza where guests may remove their masks to enjoy a beverage or snack.
- Coat check is not available during this time.
- Seating is extremely limited, and priority is given to guests who have accessibility challenges.
- No outside food or beverage is permitted.
- Some of the evening’s performances will take place outside. Please dress accordingly.
- Parking in the Woodruff Arts Center garage is free to members; however, capacity is limited and will be first come first served. Members must show proof of membership upon entering the garage: membership card (plastic or digital) or membership purchase confirmation email.
About Groove Centric
Groove Centric began in 2008 in Atlanta and has since grown to a trendsetting group playing at venues all around the city and throughout the South, including The Velvet Note, The Vista Room, Venkman’s, City Winery, St. James Live, Churchill Grounds Jazz Cafe, the legendary Paschal’s, Sweet Georgia’s Juke Joint, Good Times Jazz Restaurant, The Perfect Note, Blues Boulevard, Chayz Lounge, and The House of Blues, among many others. Collectively, the group has played with artists Mandisa, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Jennifer Holliday, Mike Phillips, Monica, Musiq Soulchild, Jimmy Heath, India.Arie, Jeff Lorber, Oliver Lake, The Mighty Blue Kings, Sonny Emory, and Al Green, to name a few. By 2009, the band was invited to headline several festivals, such as the Gwinnett Music Festival, Soca Wine and Jazz Festival, and Jonesboro Food Truck and Music Festival, and most recently, was invited to perform at the 2018, 2019, and 2020 Atlanta Jazz Festival.
As adept musicians—Mike Jones on sax, Donnie “D Major” Boynton on keys, Joel Powell on bass, and Brien Andrews on drums—Groove Centric’s mission is to captivate you and leave you yearning for more. Their music will take you on a journey beginning with sounds reminiscent of a classic Miles Davis tune, transitioning to the smooth sounds of Jill Scott, and leaving you grooving to head-bopping funk like that of James Brown and Earth, Wind & Fire. Their evolution has given way to music that is now a complete embodiment of jazz, neo-soul, R&B, blues, pop, and funk. The group’s debut album, Crossing Bridges, is available for purchase on all digital outlets, and a new album is scheduled for release this spring. For more info, go to groovecentricmusic.com, or find them on Facebook and on Instagram and Twitter @groovecentric.
Park in the garage, take MARTA to the Arts Center Station (N5), or take a Lyft.
This event is part of the Smithsonian Year of Music. For more information, please visit music.si.edu
Interested in having your band perform at the High for a future Friday Jazz event? Visit high.org/FridayJazzSubmission to get in touch.