Funk Parade Announces 2019 Performers

WASHINGTON DC [April 10, 2019] The DC Department of Funk is excited to announce our initial line up preview for the 2019 Festival!  All of the performances will be taking place on Saturday May 11th at over 20 venues and stages around the city. This announcement is just the initial line up with more bands, performers and schedule details to be released in the coming weeks.

For the 6th 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 of years. Our initial list of performers include:

The Chuck Brown Band, Michelle Blackwell, YahZarah & Wes Felton, Reesa Renee, OSHUN, The Archives, Matt McGhee, Malia, Ciscero, Aaron Abernathy, J Pope & The HearNow, Deacon Izzy & The Congregation, Janeliasoul, Denise Henderson, Mark Meadows, Bee Boisseau, Dante Pope, Cecily, Shamans of Sound, Sugar Grits, Jenna Camille & The Free Radicals, Future Band DC, Lee Blackwood & Graham, Dogo du Togo, The CooLots, Aaron Myers, Bencoolen, Tone P and District Funk, Sir E.U., Hall Williams Band, Shacara Rogers, Hip Hop Orchestra, La Marvela, Matizwave, Autumn LaBella, Nuex, La Colombopercutiva, Noise on ResistanceDior Ashley Brown and The dAb Band, Nkula, [WORD]play, Wild Anacostias, Te’La, Cramer, DJ, De Troyt, Echelon The Seeker, Tashera, Flashband Showcase, Three Man Soul Machine, Batala, Bele Bele Rhythm Collective, The Big Ugly Truck, Capitol Movement Dance, Main Attraction Divaz, Soka Tribe, Panquility, Kazaxe Dancers, Universal Capoeira, Hung Tao Choy Mei Lucky Lions, Vava United School of Samba, DC Wheels, Rolloway Productions, Eastern High School “Blue & White” Marching Machine, Mo Lucas Community Foundation Marching Band, Crossland High School Marching Cavalier Band, Phelps High School Panther Marching Band, Capitol City All Star Band and many more artists and performers to be announced…


FESTIVAL – 1:00pm – 7:00pm – Takes place throughout the U Street Neighborhood.  This year’s festival will feature 5 different stages and performance areas and additional activations happening throughout the neighborhood. Stage line-ups and stage locations will be announced shortly .

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.  What does Keepin The Funk Alive mean to you? Show us through your participation in the parade.

NIGHT MUSIC FESTIVAL – 7:00pm – Festival goer can check out live music at over 15 venues throughout the city the night of Funk Parade.  The $10 Night Music Festival Wristband is your way to support the future of the festival and the continued work of The MusicianShip.  Showcases will be taking place at: Prince Hall Lodge, Tropicalia, DC9, Pearl Street Warehouse, Songbyrd, Archipelago, Local 16, Sollys, Ben’s Next Door, Velvet Lounge, Marvin, Busboys & Poets, The Saloon, Bin 1301, Jo Jo’s, Shaw Tavern and Fainting Goat.  The full schedule of performances will be posted on the website in the coming weeks but follow Funk Parade on social media for links to individual showcases. The featured showcase at Prince Hall Lodge requires its own wristband.


The 2019 Featured Showcase will be taking place at the Historic Prince Hall Lodge in the evening of May 11th.  Wristbands to the Featured Showcase will be $20 with proceeds going to benefit The MusicianShip. Proceeds from the purchases of food and beverage at the Featured Showcase will go to benefit the Prince Hall Freemason & Eastern Star Charitable Foundation . Wristbands can be purchased here.

Prince Hall Lodge – 1000 U St NW

Funk Parade Featured Showcase
Saturday May 11th
Doors: 7:30pm
Wristband – $20
YahZarah & Wes Felton
Michelle Blackwell

For press inquiries, please contact Mercy Chikowore at, 803.347.6905.

About The MusicianShip

The MusicianShip was founded in 2009 by a passionate group of music enthusiasts who view music as a vehicle to change lives. Since its founding, it has garnered the support of internationally recognized musicians, and constantly works to engage people who are willing to serve a dual role as not only music educators, but also as mentors. The MusicianShip seeks to alter the life trajectory of our program participants, thereby creating a more vibrant, educated, empowered, and well-intentioned world. Its after-school and summer programs have reached thousands of DC youth. It has continued to grow its presence in the city with its recent acquisitions of the Washington Youth Choir and the Washington Area Music Awards (The Wammies). For more information, please visit, follow @TheMusicianShip on Twitter, and Like The MusicianShip on Facebook at:

About Funk Parade

Funk Parade is a one of a kind day fair, parade and music festival in Washington DC’s U Street Neighborhood happening on Saturday May 11th.  Funk Parade celebrates DC’s vibrant music and arts culture, and the Spirit of Funk that brings us all together. From our first year in 2014 to now, hundreds of thousands of Washingtonians from all corners of the District have come together for the Funk Parade. We are excited for you to grow the tradition of #KeepintheFunkAlive