DCDW Opening Party with SHAOLIN JAZZ

Friday / October 01 / 7:00 PM


Kicking off the start of DC Design Week 2021, we’re joining forces with SHAOLIN JAZZ as they celebrate their 10th Anniversary. DJ 2Tone Jones and Gerald Watson will be diggin’ in the crates musically and visually to showcase selected works through their SOUND PATTERNS Art Exhibition which includes album covers, event posters, and iconography that look back over the 10 years SHAOLIN JAZZ have been producing community based events.

We’ll also have drink and draw with featuring selected artwork from SHAOLIN JAZZ and DC based artist, designer and muralist, Kelly Towles.

There will be drinking, there will be music and there will be dancing, you won’t want to miss it!

Due to capacity limitations, a ticket is required to attend the party even though it is a free event.


Date & Time

Friday, October 01

7:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Eaton Hotel

1201 K St NW, 2nd Floor Washington, DC 20005



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  • About

    SHAOLIN JAZZ, founded by Gerald C Watson II and DJ 2-Tone Jones, is a multimedia company that creates content and produces events that highlight the parallels and cultural intersections between hip-hop, jazz, and martial arts.

    Their content ranges from conceptually driven artwork, to their critically acclaimed mixtapes that feature instrumentals from hand-selected jazz greats, such as Miles Davis and Nancy Wilson, which are cleverly fused with acappellas from the legendary rap group Wu-Tang Clan. Their events range from movie screening events which are scored live by a DJ, live performances featuring a DJ led live band, art shows, and multimedia lectures that explore the parallels between hip-hop culture and jazz culture.


In-Person Safety Guidance & How to Prepare

Capacity restrictions for in-person events will be officially decided about two weeks out from DCDW and posted on the specific event pages in order to follow the latest CDC guidance.

What COVID precautions are being taken for this event?

Masks will be required at this event.

COVID-19 is rapidly changing: What happens if in-person events need to be cancelled?

When possible, in-person events will be moved to Zoom and a refund should not be expected. If an event is canceled in its entirety a refund will be issued. In either scenario you will be notified immediately.

Accessibility and Accommodations

  • A sign language interpreter will not be present unless requested. If requested, we will do our best to employ a sign language interpreter for the event.
  • The event space is accessible by an elevator or stairs to the second floor.
  • All artwork displayed will be clearly captioned.
  • Accessible and gender-neutral bathrooms are available at the location.

If you need any additional accommodations, please contact us using a method that works best for you:

We honor your privacy. No identifying information like your name is required to request an accommodation, and all details will be deleted once completed.

You can learn more about how we’re making DC Design Week an accessible experience by visiting our accessibility statement.

Code of Conduct

All AIGA DC events adhere to our Code of Conduct.


DC Design Week looks different this year, so you might have questions. Maybe it’s how to find the streaming link or how to get the most out of our remote events. We’ve got answers to those and more FAQs.

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