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“The DC Department of Funk is excited to announce our initial line up”

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From The DC Department of Funk:

The DC Department of Funk is excited to announce our initial line up preview for the 2018 Day Fair, Music Festival and first-ever Showcase Concert. All performances take place Saturday, May 12 with the exception of our kickoff show collaboration the night before.

For the 5th year in a row the lineup includes some of the city’s best and most promising artists, as well as performers from around the country and world. This year’s festival features a large number of new faces who have either not been a part of the event in the past or have not played in a couple years. The 2018 festival will feature nearly 100 performances throughout the day taking place at the parade itself and nearly 30 other different performance area, venues and stages. Our initial list of performers include:

Ari Lennox, Be’la Dona, Mannywellz, DJ Underdog, Ron Holloway Band, Faycez U Know, Mourning A Blk Star, TOB, Pinky Killacorn, Dreamcast, FootsxColes, Aztec Sun, DJ Ayes Cold, DJ Native Sun, Sam Prather’s Groove Orchestra, Black Masala, Batala Washington, Micah Robinson, Harold Little, Dupont Brass, Backbeat Underground, Be Steadwell, JoGo Project, Gordon Sterling and the People, The Clones of Funk Concert for Causes Benefit featuring Michael “Kidd Funkadelic” Hampton, Nag Champa & Uptown Art House Jam, Blaquestone, Sir E.U., Kermin the DJ, Leon City Sounds, Humbalaya, The Cornel West Theory, Champion Sound, Dior Ashley Brown and the dAb Band, Kromanauts, Lucky So & So’s, Eat the Cake, Los Gallos Negros, Haille Supreme, Spinrillo, DJ K-Meta, DJ Kashrag, Big Ugly Truck Dance Party, Brass Connection, Odd Mojo, PNMA, Not. Alone, Harvey Sometimes, Rumble in the Jungle Late Night Dance Party, La Unica, Vocology, Funky Miracle, Winzday Love, All The Best Kids, Crush Funk Brass, Lookout Gang, Cosmic Romp, The Unknowns, Frank-o Jazz, Steelo Soul, Pear Bailey re-enactor Roz White, Malcolm X Drummer and Dancers, Anacostia Drummers, Vava United, Kazaxe Dancers, Urban Artistry, Capitol Movement Dance, Street Light Circus Performers, Pyroxotic, Soka Tribe Dancers, Universal Capoeira, PanLara, Lady Raiders Step Team, Hung Tao Choy Mei Lucky Lions, Eastern High School Marching Band, The Band Marching Unit, Phelps ACE High School Marching Band, Mo Lucas Community Foundation Marching Band and many more artists and performers to be announced…

Funk Parade is made possible by the support and commitment of the people of Washington, DC; grant funding from the DC Commission on Arts and the Humanities; the Office of the Mayor, and Events DC, among many others. For a more comprehensive list of sponsors and supporters please visit


DAY FAIR – 1:00pm – 7:00pm – Takes place throughout the U Street Neighborhood. Specific details, stage locations and line up to be released in the next week.

PARADE – 5:00pm – 6:00pm – The Parade is open to everyone to join. Bring trumpets, trombones, drums, noise makers and join our Marching Bands and dance troupes as they make their way from the Howard Theatre to the Lincoln Theatre.

MUSIC FESTIVAL – 7:00pm – Over 20 venues throughout the U Street and Shaw Neighborhoods. $10 Festival Passes will be on sale for priority admission to festival showcases. Tickets go on sale next week.


Produced in conjunction with Trillectro Lincoln Theater, 1215 U St. NW Featuring
Ari Lennox

Manny Wellz
DJ Ayes Cold, DJ Underdog, DJ Native Sun and more

Doors 7 PM
Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door (Showcase ticket includes General Festival Pass) TICKETS ON SALE NEXT WEEK

Music venues around the city are celebrating Funk Parade with special performances, each requiring their own ticket. Affiliated shows include:

Howard Theatre’s True Funk Showcase and Concert for Causes Benefit – (separately ticketed) Union Stage Funk Rumble – (separately ticketed)
In The Groove – FoSho Showcase at Big Chief (separately ticketed)
Rumble in the Jungle Late Night After Party at Songbyrd DC

May 11th Kickoff Show:

Saturday May 11th – Bashment DC – Funk Parade Kickoff Show at U Street Music Hall (10:30pm -separately ticketed)”

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