From the Funk Parade organizers:
“There will be some additions and small time changes over the next 10 days but all of those changes will be reflected on our website.
“DAY FAIR PERFORMANCE AREAS – 12pm – 7pm
City First Bank presents the MA Winter Stage hosted by Capital Bop
1:00 – 1:50 Nag Champa
2:10 – 2:50 Jenna Camille
3:10 – 4:00 Aaron Ab Abernathy w/ Live Band Nat Turner
4:00 – 5:00Parade Break
5:10 – 6:00 Sam Prather’s Groove Orchestra
6:15 – 7:00 Trae Crudup & The Cover-Up
DCRE Performance Area at the Reeves Center
1:00 – 1:45 Crush Funk Brass
3:00 – 3:45 Spread Love Band
4:00 – 5:00 Parade Break
5:00 – 5:30 Batala Washington
5:30 – 6:30 Brass Connection
The DC Public Library Harrison Rec Family Funk Pavilion hosted by Words Beats & Life
The Harrison Rec field will be an area for the whole family to enjoy. The DC Public Library and Words Beats & Life will be activating the field. DCPL will host crafts games and and story time. WBL, will bring more games, painting, beat production classes, Chess, live music dance performances and more. The basketball court will be transformed into a public disco skate park with music from Axel F DJs as part of artist Holly Bass’s “Birth of the City” activation sponsored by the DC Office of Planning
Field Performance Area
12:00 – 12:30 DC Parks & Rec Dancers
12:30 – 1:30 Black Broadway on U: Echoes of an Era (www.blackbroadwayonu.com) – A multimedia
(transmedia) activation featuring a pop-up, live musical performance tribute to Pearl Bailey and other “Black Broadway” music icons as well as an interactive, museum exhibit wall and memorabilia. Sponsored by Awesome Foundation DC.
1:30 – 4:00 Additional Performances by: Princess Mhoon Academy, The Go Go Institute, The Drum
Lady and more.
5:00 – 7:00 Marching Band Showdown in Harrison Rec – The excitement does not end on U Street,
join The Musicianship and your favorite local marching bands
12:00 – 3:30 DCOP, DPR, and Axel F present The Funk Parade Free Skate and Roller Disco Boogie
Featuring DJs Adrian Loving, Jahsonic and Stylus
The Black Broadway Stage hosted by Hung Tao Choy Mei Leadership Institute
12:00 – 12:30 Universal Capoeira
12:35 -12:45 Face The Poet
12:45 – 1:00 Hung Tao Choy Mei Lucky Lions
1:10 – 2:00 All The Best Kids
2:15 – 3:10 Chelsey Green and The Green Project
3:15 – 3:20 Face The Poet
4:00 – 5:00 Parade Break
5:00 – 5:15 Hung Tao Choy Mei Lucky Lions
5:20 – 6:20 Elikeh
6:30 – 7:00 Malcolm X Drummers
The Return of the Tap Wagon Soundsystem BierGarten sponsored by DC Brau, Atlas Brew Works and Sollys (1933 11th St NW)
12:00 – 7:00 Brau Brothers DJs Bier Garden, Food and local DC Vendors all Day
Industrial Bank North Lot hosted by One Love Massive
12:15 – 12:45 Footwerk
1:00 – 1:45 Picnibus
2:00 – 2:45 Lucky So & Sos
3:00 – 4:00 Empresarios
4:00 – 5:00 Parade Break
5:00 – 5:45 Black Masala
6:00 – 7:00 Congo Sanchez
CMPVTR CLVB DJ Sets
Facebook Event Page – https://www.facebook.com/
Live Mural by Asad ULTRA Walker and the KGB Collective
Street art and graffiti have existed in Washington DC for decades. In 1983, Krazy Graffiti Brothers, the first DC graffiti crew, was formed and has been creating beautiful public art ever since. For their 33rd anniversary, KGB will be creating a massive graffiti production during the awesome Funk Parade! Come down to U Street and see KGB members HKS 181, GATOR, JAZI and ULTRA collaborate on their own brand of funk.
The National Arena at the African American Civil War Memorial
12:30 – 1:00 Wanda’s Work It Studio Dancers
1:55 – 2:40 Brass to the Bone w/ DCLM guest performers
3:00 – 3:45 All Star Line-Up of P-Funk Souls featuring the RT Funk Band, Trombonist Greg Boyer,
and the return of Mike ‘Kidd Funkadelic’ Hampton w/ Special Prince Tribute
3:50 – 4:10 Maggot Brain Guitar Jam
4:10- 5:00 Parade Break
5:00 – 7:00 Funk Parade ‘Birth of a City’ Roller Disco Performance*
*“Birth of a City” is curated and choreographed rollerskating activation and performance by DC artist Holly Bass, honoring the art form and pastime which saw its heyday in the 1970s and early 80s, as the city of DC gained home rule.
Funk on 8th Performance Area hosted by JBG
1:00 – 2:00 – National Hand Dance Association Performance and Hand Dancing for Beginners
2:00 – 3:00 – The Hip Hop Orchestra Performance w/ special Tribe Called Quest Tribute
3:00 – 4:00 – DuPont Brass Performance
Atlantic Plumbing Stage hosted by DC Music Download
1:00 – 1:30 Reesa Renee
1:40 – 2:10 Kokayi
2:10-2:25 Capitol Movement Dance
2:25 – 3:00 Boomscat
3:00 – 3:15 Afromoda Dance
3:15 – 4:00 The Funk Ark
4:00-5:00 DJ Ayes Cold
5:00 – 5:45TBA
6:00 – 7:00 Rare Essence w/ DJ Kool
T St Lot hosted by 7DL Studios
12:30 – 1:15 Shining Blade Theory
1:35 – 2:20 Christos DC
2:40 – 3:25 Joe Keyes and the Late Bloomer Band
Join the 7DL Studio Pop Up and Day Party at the corner of 6th and T. Bring an instrument, bring your costume and get ready to kick off the parade.
Additional T Street Activities:
Bike & Brew – https://www.facebook.com/
Come gear up for the Funk Parade at Bike & Brew, the pre-parade party that’s not to be missed. We’ll have Gold Sprints, raffles, a giant plinko board, good food, beer, new friends, new racing foes and prizes.
Join your favorite DC Bike friends, The Bike Rack, Off Road & District Sprints for a day filled with Bike focused activities and get FUNKY with Funk Parades T Street highlights.
Right Proper will be offering beer out on the patio and sausage & pepper sandwiches on the grill.
FREE Bike Valet for anyone staying for the day’s activities.
Kennedy Center Finding A Line Pop Up at Shaw Skate Park
More info TBA…
The Duke Ellington School of the Arts Walk of Fame Kickoff BBQ @ Garnet-Patterson
BBQ and Performance 12:00 – 4:00
Description: Join us on May 7th as we kick off our annual fundraising event The Walk of Fame 2016. This year, we have been invited to join The Funk Parade where our very own Radical Elite Show Band will perform. The Funk Parade will attract new visitors to our school which will provide us an opportunity to engage new supporters. The Walk of Fame 2016 is scheduled for September 2016 with a BBQ and performances as well as exhibits from all 8 of our arts programs. This is a free event and will take place on Garnet-Patterson grounds. Bring your family and friends in support of our student and staff led Walk of Fame where we aim to raise major additional funding for our spectacular academic and arts curriculum.
Performances Include: Radical Elite Show Band Kickoff, Dance Performances, Theatre monologues and scenes, Show Choir & Concert Choir, R St Speaks Poets, String Virtuosi, Museum Studies & Visual Arts Exhibition
To find out more about the Walk of Fame and Support The Duke Ellington School of Arts Click HERE
“Oral Histories/Oral Futures” – A series of 6 bright-colored telephone booths placed throughout the neighborhood. Inside each a telephone connects you to an oral history about U Street, or an “oral future” about what the neighborhood and city might be like 200 years in the future. A collaboration of Funk Parade and DC artists Seshat Walker, Alex Braden and Erik Moe, supported by the DC Office of Planning.
DAYTIME DJ PARTIES AND OTHER EVENTS:
14th & U Farmers Market at the Reeves Center – 9:00am – 1:00pm
Ben’s Chili Bowl Costume Contest w/ Prizes – All Day Long
Nellie’s – Drag Brunch and DJ Party
Velvet Lounge – Daytime DJ Party
Amsterdam Lounge – Daytime DJ Party
THE PARADE 4:00 – 5:00
Marching Bands and Performers Include:
Eastern High School Marching Band
Duke Ellington School of the Arts Radical Elite Marching Band
Howard D Woodson Drum Line
Kingsman Academy Drum Line
Mo Lucas Community Band
Funk Parade Boombox App Brigade
EVENING MUSIC FESTIVAL 7- 10pm
FREE TO THE PUBLIC
Ron Holloway Band – 2 Sets
The Fix – 2 sets
Black Broadway on U Presents Echos of an Era with Carolyn Malachi: Carolyn Malachi will perform with her band both her new music and a tribute to her great grandfather John Malachi of the DC Music History fame
Threeman Soul Machine – 2 sets
Busboys & Poets
Frank & Oak
An Evening with Cautious Clay
Meso Creso Party
Funk DJ Party
FUNK PARADE AFTER PARTIES – 10pm – Late!
Black Cat Backstage (Cover $5)
Heavy Rotation Funk DJ Party
Sao Funky Saturdays w/ Fort Knox Five
FUNK PARADE PRE PARTY
May 6th at 7:30pm
Join DC Bike Party on Friday, May 6th for our 2nd annual FUNK RIDE! It’s gonna be the most super hella funky boogie-down bike ride of the year, y’all.
This year, we’re kicking off Funk Parade weekend with a ride and after party with No Kings Collective at 1270 5th St. NE. As usual, we’ll be meeting in the center of Dupont Circle at 7:30pm — wheels hit the streets at 8pm sharp.
Sound Bike DC will be there blasting a special Funk Parade mix, but don’t let that stop you from bringing your own boom box or even a musical instrument! This is the Funk Ride after all. We want to see you in your most stylish, colorful outfits, too!
The after party will run from 9:30pm to 1:00am. We’ll have free bike parking, a live DJ, and beer. Delicious, icy cold beer.”