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 Band, Brass Connection, Cheick Hamala Diabate, Nappy Riddem, Empresarios, Batala Washington, Tosin, Yaomamanem Jazz, Crush Funk Brass, Marlee in the Mixx, JoGo Project, Akua Alrich, Rufus Roundtree and the B’more Brass Factory, Virtuoso Horns, Chelsea Green and the Green Project, Faycez U Know,Thaylobleu, Frankojazz, 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 Ounces, We 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 Association, DJ Thelonius Funky for U, Washington 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 Performers, Princess Mhoon Dance Institute, SPACEYcLOUd 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 Alley, See-I, Janka Nabay, Black Masala, Elikeh, The Funk Ark, Congo Sanchez, Crocodiles, Baby Bry Bry, Backbeat Underground, Joe Quarterman, Alma Tropicalia, Karikatura, Lucky So-and-So’s, Three Man Soul Machine, Astronaut Jones,Champion Sound, All The Best Kids, Joe Keyes and the Late Bloomer Band, SWAGFUNK, Aztec Sun,
Flashband Funk Parade Jam, Latin Funk On U.
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New Years Eve at Den of Thieves
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Join us for New Year’s Eve in the Den of Thieves!
Open Bar 8:30-10pm of our Holiday Cocktail Menu
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