Funk Parade Announces Initial 2016 Festival Lineup

by Tim Regan April 12, 2016 at 2:30 pm 2 Comments

Funk Parade logo, photo via Facebook : Funk Parade(Updated at 5:08 p.m. Wednesday) Who’s ready to get funky?

Funk Parade’s organizers today announced more than 40 performers scheduled to play at 12 outdoor performance areas and 15 music venues during this year’s festival on Saturday, May 7.

In addition to local go-go legends Rare Essence, this year’s lineup includes “some of the city’s best and most promising talents,” according to Funk Parade’s organizers. The list includes local acts like Elikeh, the Malcolm X Drummers and the Hip Hop Orchestra.

The initial lineup is as follows:

  • The Funk Ark
  • The Ron Holloway Band
  • Batala Washington
  • Empresarios
  • Congo Sanchez
  • Black Masala
  • Kokayi
  • The Fix
  • People’s Champs
  • Nappy Riddem
  • Fort Knox Five and QDup DJ Sets
  • DJ Ayes Cold
  • Boomscat
  • Elikeh
  • Chelsey Green
  • Aaron Ab Abernathy with Live Band
  • Nat Turner
  • Sam Prather’s Groove Orchestra
  • Rufus Roundtree and Da Bmore Brass Factory
  • Footwerk
  • Aztec Sun
  • Johnny Artis Band
  • Lucky So and Sos
  • Of Tomorrow
  • Projected Man
  • All The Best Kids
  • Johnny Popcorn
  • Picnibus
  • Crush Funk Brass
  • Trae Crudup and The Cover-Up
  • Jenna Camille
  • SubUrban Sol
  • Black Broadway on U Performances
  • Brass to the Bone
  • Brass Connection
  • DC Legendary Musicians Band with DCLM special guest performers Ida Campbell, Lady Mary and Jimi Smooth
  • Vava United School of Samba
  • Malcolm X Drummers
  • Hip Hop Orchestra
  • Hung Tao Choy Mei Lucky Lions
  • Universal Capoeira
  • Robot Disco
  • Annual Maggot Brain Guitar Jam
  • National Hand Dance Association
  • Wanda Work It Studio Dancers

Organizers say today’s news “is just the beginning, as more musical acts, performers, art activations and programming will be announced in the coming weeks.”

So far, this year’s iteration of the annual event has raised nearly $18,000. Up to 70,000 people are expected to attend the free day-long event, Funk Parade says.

Photo via Facebook / Funk Parade


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