WASHINGTON, DC [April 12, 2016] – Funk Parade has been working tirelessly to put together a line up of the city’s best and most promising local artists to perform the 2016 Day Fair and Music Festival on Saturday, May 7. This year’s lineup features a headliners Rare Essence who will be releasing their first studio recorded album on over a decade.

Artists who are currently confirmed include: (Many more artists and performers to be announced in the next week)

Rare Essence, 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 & QDup DJ Sets, DJ Ayes Cold, Sam Prather’s Groove Orchestra, Elikeh, Aaron Ab Abernathy w/ Live Band Nat Turner, Rufus Roundtree and Da Bmore Brass Factory, Chelsey Green, Boomscat, Footwerk, Aztec Sun, Johnny Artis Band, Lucky So & Sos, Of Tomorrow, Projected Man, All The Best Kids, Johnny Popcorn, Picnibus, SWAGFUNK, Spread Love Band, Crush Funk Brass, Trae Crudup & The Cover-Up

JENNA CAMILLE, BLACK BROADWAY ON U PERFORMANCES, SUBURBAN SOL, DC LEGENDARY MUSICIANS BAND W/ DCLM SPECIAL GUEST PERFORMERS, IDA CAMPBELL, LADY MARY, AND JIMI SMOOTH BRASS TO THE BONE, BRASS CONNECTION , VAVA UNITED SCHOOL OF SAMBA, MALCOLM X DRUMMERS, HIP HOP ORCHESTRA, UNIVERSAL CAPOEIRA, HUNG TAO CHOY MEI LUCKY LIONS, NATIONAL HAND DANCE ASSOCIATION, ANNUAL MAGGOT BRAIN GUITAR JAM, WANDA WORK IT STUDIO DANCERS, ROBOT DISCO, AND MANY MORE, INCLUDING SOME SECRET SPECIAL GUESTS.

 

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:    Day Festival Performance Areas throughout the U Street Neighborhood

4PM - 5PM:    The Parade from the Howard Theatre to the Lincoln Theatre)

7PM - 10PM:    Music Festival with U Street venues, lounges and bars hosting FREE live music into the evening

 

Art activations, more performers and other details will be announced soon, along with a detailed schedule of the day and evening programming.