DC Funk Parade 2016 Announces Performance Line-Up + Qdup presents “Funk Parade 2016 Mix”



Funk Parade is proud to announce some of its highlighted performers for the 2016 Day Fair and Music Festival on Saturday, May 7. This year’s line-up features some of the city’s best and most promising talents, including Rare Essence, who is releasing their first studio produced album in over a decade. The following is just the beginning, as more musical acts, performers, art activations and programming will be announced in the coming weeks.

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The Funk Ark

The Ron Holloway Band

Batala Washington


Congo Sanchez

Black Masala


The Fix

People’s Champs

Nappy Riddem

Fort Knox Five & QDup DJ Sets

DJ Ayes Cold



Chelsey Green

Aaron Ab Abernathy w/ Live Band Nat Turner

Sam Prather’s Groove Orchestra

Rufus Roundtree and Da Bmore Brass Factory


Aztec Sun

Johnny Artis Band

Lucky So & Sos

Of Tomorrow

Projected Man

All The Best Kids

Johnny Popcorn


Crush Funk Brass

Trae Crudup & 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

Funk Parade events are entirely free and open to the public, with some venues that are 21+.

The day’s schedule is as follows:

12PM-7PM: 4PM-5PM: 7PM-10PM:

Day Festival with Performance Areas throughout U Street
The Parade from the Howard Theater to the Lincoln Theater
Music Festival with U Street venues, lounges and bars hosting FREE live music throughout the evening


About Funk Parade

Funk Parade honors the power of bringing people together and making them feel all right. That power is embodied in the spirit of funk, and the U Street neighborhood. It began with two people who love Washington, DC, live music, and the U Street neighborhood: Justin Rood, a lifelong DC resident, and Chris Naoum, whose organization Listen Local First has helped hundreds of musicians find audiences and gigs throughout the Washington area. The project has since been embraced by dozens of local businesses, neighborhood groups, community leaders, musicians and artists, who have pledged their support to the event. They hope you will join them and the mighty Funk Parade!

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