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“The Sixth Annual Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival is less than a week away.  This year’s festival features an amazing array of Bluegrass, Folk and Americana talent with co-headliners Cabinet and Larry Keel Experience and more.

The Festival will include eight hours of performances on six stages by local bluegrass, folk and americana artists, games and outdoor beverages, DC’s favorite food trucks, bike parking, free kayaking, sponsor activations, local vendors, giveaways and a number of activities for children of all ages including a family area with music, arts, & crafts.

“Over the past six years, the Kingman Island Bluegrass Festival has grown from a small concert with a few hundred neighbors into one of the largest bluegrass festivals in the region. This event brings people to Kingman and Heritage Islands on the Anacostia River and provides them an opportunity to see the natural beauty that exists right here in our city. Enjoying a day of great music on the island is a fun and unique experience. I’m proud to support an event that draws people of all ages to outstanding performances of local music and provides them an opportunity to learn about the Anacostia River and the wildlife that it supports.” Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen

When: Saturday April 25, 2015 from 12:00pm – 8:00pm

Where: Kingman Island located on the Anacostia River:

575 Oklahoma Avenue NE Washington, DC (entrance at RFK Stadium Lot 6).

Biking and metro are encouraged.

Tickets: $20 Strongly Suggested Donation

Tickets can be purchased at www.missiontix.com/kingmanisland

More Information:

http://www.kingmanislandbluegrass.com/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/KIBluegrassFest

LIVE MUSIC LINE UP & SET TIMES (more…)

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From a press release:

“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. The events will feature over 50 music acts and dozens more dance and performance groups.

The day fair, from noon to 5 PM, will include free performances by over two dozen acts including Junkyard Band, Cheick Hamala Diabate, Michael Hampton of Parliament Funkadelic, and Brass Connection, officials said. (See the full lineup on page 2.)

The parade, from 5PM to 7PM, will feature groups including the Duke Ellington Radical Elite Show Band, Batala DC, and the Eastern 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 favorites Black Alley Band, 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 the 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…)

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From an email:

“The Heurich House Museum invites the public to celebrate the beginning of spring at their annual Frühlingsfest on Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 1-4 pm. This family friendly garden event will feature activities for all ages including face painting, maypole dancing, ice cream making, craft activities, and garden games. The museum will be open for guests to explore with scavenger hunts for younger guests included.

Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company will provide a full pig roast with side dishes. Two beers will be on tap courtesy of Virginia-based Old Ox Brewery. Authentic German butter cookies will be available for dessert courtesy of Heidelberg Pasty Shoppe. Ticket price is $20 for guests 12 and older, $5 for children 2-12, and free for children under 2. Admission includes unlimited food and fun! Adults 21 and over will receive two beer tickets. Additional information and tickets available at www.heurichhouse.org/events.

Frühlingsfest is translated as ‘Spring Festival’ and is known as ‘Oktoberfest’s little sister’ in Germany. It celebrates the end of a cold winter and beginning of spring, and it typically occurs from mid-April to the beginning of May. Stuttgart and Munich have some of the largest Frühlingsfests in Germany, and now the Heurich House is bringing the age-old traditional to Washington, DC!”

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From Star & Shamrock:

“The Star and Shamrock is less than one week away from kicking off its first-ever, month-long Spring Shenanigans Simcha Festival, launching this coming Wednesday, March 4th, the first night of the Jewish holiday, Purim. Dubbed by the deli/tavern as “the Jewish St. Patrick’s Day”, this particular Jewish holiday is famously celebrated by being drunk on happiness, with the help of lots of good alcohol. In fact, the Talmud even instructs Jewish people to celebrate the holiday as “yemei mishteh v’simchah, days of drinking and rejoicing” (Esther 9:22). With guidelines like that, this is clearly a holiday for people of all faiths. Staying true to its Irish-Jewish namesake, Star and Shamrock is setting course to mark this “Jewish St. Patrick’s Day” with a Purim Party packed with as much revelry as its upcoming Irish one.

The festivities will begin at 7:00 pm on the evening of 4th, featuring a wide-range of menu specials, drink specials, live entertainment, and even a costume contest, throughout the course of the evening. Given the drinking-centric nature of the holiday, the event will be held in partnership with the popular Shmaltz Brewing Company, whose brewing industry celebrity founder, Jeremy Cowan, will be onsite for a He’Brew “Tap Takeover”. (more…)

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From a press release:

“The first-ever Anacostia River Festival will celebrate the history, ecology and communities along the banks of the Anacostia River. The 11th Street Bridge Park and the National Park Service present the event, which will offer free kayaking and canoeing, musical performances, fishing and water filtration workshops, live birds of prey demonstration, a photography exhibition and a bike parade. The Anacostia River Festival is a premier event and official closing of the 2015 National Cherry Blossom Festival.

WHEN: Sunday, April 12, 2015, noon – 4 p.m.
WHERE: National Park Service’s Anacostia Park. Good Hope Road and Anacostia Drive SE
COST: Free – Family Friendly Event
FOR MORE INFORMATION: here

“We are so excited to be a part of this year’s National Cherry Blossom Festival and look forward to the positive exposure it will bring to East of the River neighborhoods as well as the 11th Street Bridge Park,” said Scott Kratz, director of the 11th Street Bridge Park, a collaborative project of the D.C. City Government and non-profit Building Bridges Across the River at THEARC transforming an old freeway into a new civic space scheduled to open in 2018. “The Anacostia River is a stunning, but often forgotten, natural resource hiding in plain sight and, by collaborating with a number of existing groups, we aim to re-engage residents with this amazing urban watershed.”

The event will bring people from across the city and throughout the region to participate in hands-on art workshops, dragon boat rides, a community sing along, urban archaeology, community bicycle rides, boating and other fun activities to connect families with the natural world. (more…)

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From an email:

“We are shooting a Funk Parade Video on Saturday February 7th between 2:30pm and 6pm and we want you to join us. The Theme is Warming up U Street, and the motivation behind this video is get people to FUND THE FUNK!

We’re having a little fun with this one and we have already enlisted the help of our videographers at Good Fight Media and our performers including the Batala Drummers, Urban Artistry Dancers, The Brass Connection, Crush Funk Brass and more. BUT WE WANT YOU!!!!

Assembly Spot: Den of Thieves, 2005 14th Street NW
Time: 2 PM. If you can’t make 2, come at 4pm.

Bring an instrument, bring your dance flash mob, wear a crazy funky costume and meet us at Den of Thieves at 2 to get instructions in order to be in the first part of the video shoot at 2:30pm.

Want to be part of the late shift? Bring your dance team and funky costumes and join us at 4 PM at Den of Thieves so we can proceed to the shoot for our Grand Finale and Funk Parade Flash Mob.”

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From Change.org:

“Last May’s inaugural Funk Parade was a huge success. It brought together 30,000 people in the U Street neighborhood, showcased nearly 100 hours of music and dance performances, and generated an estimated $1 million in sales for local businesses.

Unfortunately, city officials refused to permit the parade to pass down U Street. The avenue has been a hub of live music and celebration for decades. It has hosted dozens of parades. Marion Barry’s first inaugural parade passed down U Street. But officials refused to close it briefly for Funk Parade, a celebration of the heart and soul of the city.

Instead, city officials forced the parade to use a narrow, inconvenient route down V Street and ending in an alley. The popularity of the event easily overwhelmed the route, and when the parade concluded crowds swarmed onto U Street anyway, forcing an impromptu closure. This petition is to ask the city, let us do it right this year!

The neighborhood supports this request: local ANC 1B has unanimously endorsed closing U Street for the parade. Its transportation committee has carefully reviewed the proposed U Street route, weighed community concerns, and unanimously voted to approve the request. But it needs your voice alongside it.

The Funk Parade is a true community event, supported by more than 100 local businesses and clubs, all the local neighborhood associations, and dozens of arts and culture groups from the Kennedy Center and Cultural DC to dance, music and urban art collectives. But it needs your help to call on DC officials to close U Street!

Missed Funk Parade last year? You missed live go-go, jazz, R&B, Latin, rock, reggae, hip-hop, afrobeat, capoeira, drumming, funk, soul, and samba. Other performances included magic, juggling, flash mobs, gypsy swing, and breakdancing. Basically, everything great about the city rolled into one giant event, and delivered — free! — to your doorstep.

Please sign this petition and help convince city officials that THE FUNK PARADE MUST BE ON U STREET IN 2015!”