Funk Parade Line-up Announced w/ Empresarios – Saturday May 2nd, 2015

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Bigger bands, more outdoor music and an official afterparty are planned for this year’s Funk Parade on Saturday, May 2, the DC Department of Funk announced today. Over 50 music acts and dozens more dance and performance groups will be featured in the day’s events.

The day fair, from noon to 5 PM, will include free performances by over two dozen acts including Junkyard Band, Empresarios, Nappy Riddem, Cheick Hamala Diabate, Michael Hampton of Parliament Funkadelic, and Brass Connection, officials said.  (See the full lineup below.)

The parade, from 5PM to 7PM, will feature groups including theDuke Ellington Radical Elite Show Band, Batala DC, and theEastern High School Blue & White Marching Machine. And you, too, organizers hope: It’s a participatory parade, so if the spirit moves you, bring out your instrument, clap your hands, join the parade.

The music festival, starting at 7 PM, will showcase local favoritesBlack Alley, See-I, Congo Sanchez, Elikeh, Janka Nabay and more. For the first time, the music festival will feature a free outdoor performance area in addition to free performances in local venues.

The performances will take place throughout the day and night in over 30 locations around the greater U Street neighborhood.  All performances are free and open to the public.  More details about the day’s events will be announced soon, officials said.

Also new this year: at 10 PM, the Howard Theatre hosts an official Funk Parade afterparty featuring Trouble Funk, Lee Fields and DJ Nitekrawler. Tickets ($30) are for sale at the Howard Theatre box office and online.

Below is a list of musicians and performers confirmed to date. More announcements to follow.

Day Fair Musicians and Performers  (12 PM – 5PM)

Junkyard BandBrass ConnectionCheick Hamala DiabateNappy Riddem, EmpresariosBatala WashingtonTosinYaomamanem JazzCrush Funk BrassMarlee in the MixxJoGo ProjectAkua AlrichRufus Roundtree and the B’more Brass FactoryVirtuoso HornsChelsea Green and the Green ProjectFaycez U Know,ThaylobleuFrankojazz, Ladies of Funk w/ Shi-Queeta Lee, The New Retro, Ministries of Christ Band from the United House of Prayer, Denyse Pearson and the DC Legendary Musicians Jazz Band, The Needle Exchange (TNX) Funktion w/ DJs Tommy Cornelis, Bil Todd, and Baronhawk, DC Legendary Musicians R&B Band, Gallons to OuncesWe Want The Funk and P Funk Radio present the Second Annual Maggot Brain Guitar Jam Session featuring Mike “Kidd Funkadelic” Hampton, The Hip Hop Orchestra, Over Easy Funk Parade Edition w/ DJ Vanniety Kills, Malcolm X Drummers & Dancers, Universal Capoeira Angola,Hung Tao Choy Mei, FACE Poet, The National Hand Dance AssociationDJ Thelonius Funky for UWashington Performing Arts Rhythm and Flow Songwriter Workshop presented with Flashband and 7DrumLessons, Work It! Studio – A Taste of Work It!, Vinyl District Vinyl Lounge at Den of Thieves, 15th & U Street Block Party and Celebration, Words Beats and Life DJs and PerformersPrincess Mhoon Dance InstituteSPACEYcLOUd and more to come…

Parade Participating Groups (5PM – 7PM)

Batala Washington, Duke Ellington Radical Elite Show Band, Royal Knights Marching Band Options Charter School Marching Band, Eastern High School Blue & White Marching Machine

Evening Festival Performers and Musicians (7PM – 10PM)

Black AlleySee-IJanka NabayBlack MasalaElikehThe Funk ArkCongo SanchezCrocodilesBaby Bry BryBackbeat Underground, Joe Quarterman, Alma TropicaliaKarikaturaLucky So-and-So’sThree Man Soul MachineAstronaut Jones,Champion Sound, All The Best KidsJoe Keyes and the Late Bloomer BandSWAGFUNKAztec Sun,
Flashband Funk Parade JamLatin Funk On U.

For Full Info on Funk Parade:

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“Enfermera (Empresarios Dubplate Espeical)”
by Los Hermanos Flores
February 2015

Check out Empresarios’ Enfermera now on SoundCloud and be sure to snag a FREE download!


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Celebrate New Year’s Eve w/ The Empresarios at Den of Thieves in DC!


Wednesday December 31st, 2014
New Years Eve at Den of Thieves
w/ Empresarios Soundsystem

Join us for New Year’s Eve in the Den of Thieves!

Open Bar 8:30-10pm of our Holiday Cocktail Menu

Free Champagne toast 

Featuring: Empresarios Sound System: DJ Sonny Cheeba & DJ DJ John Bowen on deck, while Javier Miranda brings “La Musica Tropicaliente” live on the congas.

$10 in Advance
$20 at the Door

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Fort Knox Holiday



Come celebrate the holidays and Rusty B of AGFA’s 29th Birthday with theFort Knox Recordings Family.

DJ sets:
Fort Knox Five
All Good Funk Alliance - Rusty Agfa Belicek Birthday Bash
Empresarios dj set
Nappy Riddem dj set

21 and Over
No Cover
9pm – 2am

2001 14th Street NW – Lower
Washington, DC