Final Schedule for the Funk Parade this Saturday


From an email:

FunkParade It’s James Brown’s bday and a join-don’t-just-watch funkhappenin’ on Saturday, May 3rd.  The day’s festivities begin at noon with a day fair and go well into the night with free live music at 11 of the neighborhood’s venues.

The parade will begin at 5 p.m. at Vermont and U Streets NW

Funk Parade co-founder Nauom says the day fair will have “activated spaces” along the U Street corridor where different businesses will offer “funk activities” throughout the day, including funk brunches and funk-infused flea markets.

After the parade, venues, such as U Street Music Hall, DC9, Tropicalia and Busboys and Poets, will open their doors for free concerts from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.”

All the details after the jump.

12 – 5pm

M.A. Winter Performance area presented by Capital Bop
1436 U Street NW
Time 12 – 5pm

Program Line Up & Details

CapitalBop presents two of the city’s most energizing improvisers, right in the cradle of D.C. jazz. The styles of Donvonte McCoy and Quincy Phillips (who’s just back from a world tour with Roy Hargrove) show the influence of classic bebop, ’90s hip-hop, gospel and so much else.

Activities: City First Bank will be doing Face Painting for kids on their front steps

The Funk Parade Reeves Center Performance Area
14th St & U St NW
Time 1 – 4:30pm

Program Line Up & Details

1:00 – 1:45 – Howard U Step Performers & Dancers
1:45 – 3:15 – Kennedy Center Street Performers, Derek McAlister, Evan Young and more…
3:15 – 3:30 – District Affiliates Fashion Flash Mob
3:30 – 4:00 – Batala Drummers


14th & U Street Farmers Market – Will be open and running from 8am – 1pm

Lettie Gooch, Junction Vintage, & District Affiliates will be organizing a Fashion Flash Mob and Street Fashion show for the neighborhood. Make sure to visit our friends over in the Fashion District between 15th and 16th on U Street.

Kennedy Center Street Performers will be wandering around the neighborhood performing on street corners throughout the day as well

Hung Tao Choy Mei Leadership Institute presents: “The Return of Black Broadway” at the Duke Ellington Stage (13th & USt by &Pizza)

13th St & U St NW (by &Pizza)
12 – 5pm

Program Line Up & Details

12:00-12:20pm: Universal Capoeira Angola
12:30-12:50pm: Faycez You Know (band)
1:00-1:20pm: Da Originals (hip hop dance)
1:30-1:50pm: Frankojazz (band)
2:00-2:20pm: Head Roc (hip hop artist)
2:30-2:50pm: DJ Break
3:00-3:20pm: Hung Tao Choy Mei “Lucky Lions”
3:30-3:50pm: Thaylobleu (band)
4:00-4:20pm: Malcolm X Drummers & Dancers

Industrial Bank Family Performance area presented by Words Beats & Life
2001 11th St NW
12 – 5pm

Program Line Up & Details

12:00-5pm – All Day Chess Exhibition (Open Play), sPACYcLOUd (face painting and skate limbo contest), Albus Cavus (Mural Painting)
12pm – 1pm Lot opens w/ DJ Eskimo on the 1’s and 2’s keeping it funky
1pm-1:30pm Dance exhibition Princess Mhoon Dance Institute
1pm-3pm Beat Society (beat production workshop)
2pm-2:30pm Nickolas Miller project (Concert)
3-5pm WBL MC Workshops (Javier and Mike)
3pm-3:30pm Javier Starks (Concert)
4pm-4:20 WBL B-Boy Exhibition
3:30pm-5pm Drumming Workshop (Pending confirmation)*************

Lee’s Flower Shop and Industrial Bank South Performance Area presented by Urban Artistry
1929 11th St NW
12 – 5pm

Program Line Up & Details:
Live artists will be painting murals on the One Love Massive bus, while Urban Artistry and Alliance Francaise provides street shows and dance instruction.

African American Civil War Memorial Museum Performance Area
10th & U St NW
12pm – 5pm

Program Line Up & Details:
12:00pm – A Band Called Future
1:00pm – Kennedy Center Street Performers
1:30pm – The Funk Ark
2:15pm – Work It Studio Flash Mob
2:30pm – DC Legendary Musicians Band
3:30pm – Take Over Band
4:15pm – Maggot Brain Funkadelic Guitar Jam

U Street Flea Funk Parade Market
9 ½ St and U St NW
1:30pm – 3:30pm

Program Line Up & Details:

Live Performance by Brass Connection!

District Flea Funk Parade Market

945 Florida Ave

1:00pm – 4:30pm

Program Line Up & Details

Live Brass Performances from Yamomanem, Kennedy Center Street Performers and additional guests.

Activities: District Flea will have vendors all day providing food and the only outdoor Beer Garden for Funk Parade Festival goers.


Den of Thieves Vinyl Lounge
2005 14th St. NW

The Vinyl District Presents The Electric Cowbell Sound System at Den of Thieves (Funk Parade Edition)

All vinyl sets by some of Washington DC’s most eclectic, global groove thumpers.

12:00PM: DJ Crown Vic.
1PM: DJ Steven Swann
2PM: Sir Ramases
4PM: Nucleus Bros.

Visit Vinyl District for more details:

Live Mural by Art Under Pressure
1342 U St NW

Art Under Pressure will sponsor the creation of a new mural near their new 1342 U Street location. The mural will be a typographical celebration of U Street’s illustrious past. Titled “The Return of Black Broadway.” The mural will feature a quote from DC Hip-Hop elder, Head-Roc, who’s album with the same title, marks it’s 10-year anniversary.

Art Under Pressure Artists in Residence Eric B. Ricks, Cory L. Stowers, Ernesto Zeleya and more, will install the mural during the DC Funk Parade as part of the celebration.


Visit Miss Pixies and check out the rest of our community supporters on 14th Street
Merlot’s Masterpiece on 1512 U St – Art Sale and Live Art Expo
Fainting Goat and Local 16 will be hosting a Funk themed Brunch
Menchies – Find Menchie on U St and get a discount coupon for Froyo
Ben’s Chili Bowl will be celebrating the Funk Parade all day!
Nellies will have a Roof Top Funk Party All Day


Get up, get into it, get involved! Come to the muster point at Vermont and U Sts. NW at 5 PM and dance, clap, play your horn or beatbox in the parade! The procession will head west at Vermont and V St. It will proceed down V St to Ben Ali Way and then turn south down the alley as the parade comes to an end and filters out onto the U Street Corridor for a night of Live Music!

Convening at Vermont and U Sts. NW. This is a PARTICIPATORY parade, not a watching parade. Come ready to dance, clap, sing, blow a horn, whatever. In addition to YOU, your friends and neighbors, the parade will include:

Asheru & The Ballou High School Marching Band
Batala Percussion Band
Hung Tao Choy Mei Lion and Dragon dancers
Yamomanem Jazz
BicycleSPACE riders

We want to thank KIND Snacks for providing snacks for our Ballou High School Allstars.

We also want to thank FLASH MOP – an ever-changing, open-to-all crew of local do-gooders who whistle while they werk it and boogie while they beautify.

Online Link to Our Parade Map –


U Street Music Hall: Sugar Bear & EU (8:30), Nappy Riddem ( 7:30), DJs Fort Knox Five & QDup

Tropicalia: Cheick Hamala Diabate (10pm) Backbeat Underground (9pm) Joe Keyes “The Late Bloomer” and The Late Bloomer Band (8pm)

Solly’s: Flashband Project – Flashband Funk Party (7pm)

DC9 Nightclub: Elikeh Afropop (8:30), Black Masala (7:30), and Sol Powered All Stars

Patty Boom Boom: Lucky Dub (8pm), Kickoman (7pm)

Liv Nightclub DC: Clones of Funk (7:30)

The Brixton: Aztec Sun (8:30), Beyond Modern (7:30)

Jojo Restaurant: The Good Thing (7pm)

Busboys and Poets: A Special Edition of Live! From Busboys: Women of Funk – Performances by B. Steady w/ DJ Pinstriped Rebel on the 1s and 2s! and Open Mic! (7pm)

Twins Jazz Club: Tony Martucci (7:30)

Work It! Studio by WandaWoman – Funk Dance Party featuring “The Root of Funk” with drum sensation Tiacoh Sadia (7pm)

After Party Shows

Ben’s Next Door: “THE SOUL OF FUNK” Wes Felton World and Sol Zahran All Star Jam Session After-party. (10pm)

Liv Nightclub – REMINISCE Dance Party 90’s Hip Hop, R&B and Dance Hall All Night w/ DJ Underdog and DJ Tu Tone Jones (9:30pm)”

19 Comment

  • How far back did these guys set the date for this parade? The Kentucky Derby is also on Saturday, and I figure a lot of people have already made plans.

    • Not everyone cares about the Kentucky Derby – some view it as an old time race that validates animal abuse.

    • tonyr

      Well, I do declare, what a dilemma. I’ll just have to send Rochester to respresent me with all these funky folk.

    • Way too many cool things happening this
      Saturday.. Think I’ll have to skip the funk parade but hopefully it will be back next year!

    • Don’t rain on my funk parade.

    • The Kentucky Derby???

      There is nothing less funky than than the Kentucky-freakin’-Derby. Please turn in your U Street resident card immediately.

      • Exactly. The Derby is the polar opposite of the Funk Parade. It’s just an excuse for my fellow white brethren to get drunk drinking out of fancy copper cups while wearing pastels and yet somehow convince themselves that they’re doing something “sophisticated.” A lush in pastels and a big hat is still a lush.
        I’m gonna be getting down at the Funk Parade. I think this has the potential to be a huge annual event for DC. Especially if they can get some major acts to play in future years (George Clinton & Parliament? Chaka Khan?).
        Anyone know where I can get some Bootsy Collins sunglasses?

        • If you are drinking your mint julep out of a copper cup you are doing it wrong.

  • We’ll be on hand introducing ourselves to the community. Stop by for a chat and some swag.

  • Love how “The Monstrosity on V” is labeled on Google maps!

  • Seriously?! This sounds awesome! I’d drop a derby party in a heartbeat for this. In fact, I’m going to.

  • this is one of the coolest things to come to east u street! I’m really excited.

  • Don’t forget the Tech Embassy during the day at 920 U street!

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