Washington, DC


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.


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

2:00 – 2:45 Street Performances by Urban Artistry and Nubian Spin

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

Basketball Courts

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

3:30 – 4:00 Asheru and Muhsinah

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


Facebook Event Page – https://www.facebook.com/events/836947726428506/

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

1:00 – 1:40 DC Legendary Musician Band w/ Jimi Smooth, Ida Campbell and Lady Mary

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 – 2:00National Hand Dance Association Performance and Hand Dancing for Beginners

2:00 – 3:00The Hip Hop Orchestra Performance w/ special Tribe Called Quest Tribute

3:00 – 4:00DuPont 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/events/1702543433341217/
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.


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

Batala Washington

Vava United School of Samba

DC Royal Tigerettes

Nubian Spin

Urban Artistry

DC Wheels

Sound Bike DC

Free State Roller Derby

Funk Parade Boombox App Brigade





U Street Music Hall

Nappy Riddem

Pitch Blak Brass Band

Fort Knox Five ft QDup (DJ Set)


Johnny Popcorn

Rufus Roundtree and Da Bmore Brass Factory

People’s Champs



Ron Holloway Band – 2 Sets


SubUrban Sol

Aztec Sun

DJ Jon Q

Amsterdam Lounge

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


Backbeat Underground

Drew Kid & The Elevators

Velvet Lounge

Of Tomorrow

Projected Man

Ben’s Next Door

Threeman Soul Machine – 2 sets

Busboys & Poets

The Spread Love Band

Fainting Goat


Frank & Oak

An Evening with Cautious Clay

Flash Nightclub

Meso Creso Party

Provision 14

Funk DJ Party


Black Cat Backstage (Cover $5)

Heavy Rotation Funk DJ Party


Sao Funky Saturdays w/ Fort Knox Five


May 6th at 7:30pm

DC Bike Party’s Funk Ride and After Party

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.”


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