Thursday, June 4, 2015 – 8:00pm
Doors 7pm, Show 8pm, Tickets $10
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Based in Washington, DC, the Empresarios sound is best described as “Tropicaliente”, and that is the vibe that the band brings to the stage as well. Each and every time the Empresarios take the stage; there is a lively party that forms on the dancefloor. Mixing together the warm sounds of the Caribbean comes with ease for this group of talented musicians. Band leader Javier Miranda and lead singers Frankie Rosado and Felix Perez all hail from Puerto Rico, which comes through in the band’s unique blend of salsa, reggae, cumbia, dub and house. With several US tours and numerous solid releases under their belts, the Empresarios are ready to take the world by storm. A global fan base is growing with the help of the Empresarios having their album title track “Sabor Tropical” placed prominently on EA Sports’ FIFA 2012 video game. Most importantly, the Empresarios aim to have fun and bring a good vibe, so grab a mojito, hit the dance floor and let their sun drenched sounds warm up your body and soul.
Bachaco will open for the Empresarios. Based in Miami,Bachaco’s Reggae Rock and Latin Roots sounds perfectly blend feel-good Reggae Music with conscious lyrics and party jams to the beat of their own Afro-Caribbean Roots Rock inspired by new and classic sounds of Bob Marley songs, Latin Music and California Reggae.
Since 2007 Bachaco has performed over 300 concerts from Argentina to Canada sharing stage and performing at the same events and festivals as other big names in the reggae and world music scenes such as Stephen Marley and the Marley Brothers, Natiruts from Brazil, Israel Vibration, Toots & The Maytals, Tribal Seeds, Ozomatli, Luciano, Easy Star All-stars, Midnite, Cultura Profetica, Gondwana, Los Cafres, Los Pericos, Bahiano, Alika, Jarabe de Palo, Los Amigos Invisibles, WAR, King Chango and many more. Bachaco has also showcased during the SXSWand LAMC music conferences thanks to support from BMI.
What is a Bachaco? The word Bachaco is the name given to a Leafcutter Ant in Venezuela. The same type of ant is found accross that Amazon Rainforest and in countries such as Panama, Colombia, Venezuela and Brazil. The insect is used by Venezuelan indians to create a ‘picante’ (hot sauce). We could say Bachaco is a musical picante.
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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“Enfermera (Empresarios Dubplate Espeical)”
by Los Hermanos Flores
Check out Empresarios’ Enfermera now on SoundCloud and be sure to snag a FREE download!
Over the past 3 years the Empresarios have been making and releasing a series of Remixes, Bootlegs and Edits as Free Downloads. We have had a lot of fun doing these and will continue to release them, so stay tuned. Until then, here is the collection so far for your streaming & downloading pleasure:
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