FUNK PARADE AND KNOWLEDGE COMMONS ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP AND FUNK PARADE INTERSESSION SERIES

Go Go, Funk, Black Broadway, Drumming and Vinyl: a lecture and experiential learning sequence to get you pumped for Funk Parade.

WASHINGTON, DC [April 14, 2016] – Funk Parade is excited to announce a collaboration with Knowledge Commons DC to present our first set of community educational seminars and lectures.

Sure you can dance and listen to music at the Funk Parade Festival, but there are so many stakeholders, experts, and community members that work extremely hard to help make this festival happen. Some of those stakeholders are professors, educators, authors, and artists with a depth of knowledge about U Street, the District of Columbia and DC Music. Funk Parade called upon some of these amazing stakeholders to share their stories and knowledge with the public and we partnered with Knowledge Commons to present FOUR unique workshop, lectures and panels happening from April 24nd ­ May 5th in the lead up to this year Funk Parade on May 7th.

Interested participants and attendees can register to attend the classes through the links below hosted on the Knowledge Commons Website.

● Sunday April 24th ­ 6:00pm ­ Everyone’s a Drummer: Breaking Gender Stereotypes in “Male” Genres.­http://knowledgecommonsdc.org/classes/everyones­a­drummer/

  • ○  This class will highlight the history, mechanics, and joys of drumming. Part workshop, part interactive lecture, part live music performance, students can expect the following:

    • To learn about the basics of tempo and rhythm.

    • Discuss how the drums came to be considered a “male” instrument.

    • Hear from local women ­run rock band, Ivy Rose about their experience as

      women in music: touring with Weezer, traveling around the Philippines,

      and much more.

  • ○  By the end, participants will certainly know that drumming is for everyone. Period.

● Thursday April 28th ­ 6:30pm ­ The Story of DC’s Black Broadway on U­ http://knowledgecommonsdc.org/classes/black­broadway/

○ This interactive discussion will explore through film clips and music the rich, black history and heritage of DC’s U Street corridor when it was known as “Black Broadway.” Developed after the outbreak of the Civil War, U Street began to attract notable black artists and intellectuals at the dawn of the 20th century. At that time the neighborhood had become a cultural mecca for DC’s African ­American community, well before the Harlem Renaissance. On any given night, native Washingtonians and international stars like Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton, Pearl Bailey, Cab Calloway, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holliday and many other black entertainment icons, gathered to perform there. Come discover the enduring black cultural legacy of this artistically rich neighborhood.

● Friday April 29th ­ 6:30pm ­ Here we Go­Go: Marvin Gaye, Go Go Music and The Arts in DC­ http://knowledgecommonsdc.org/classes/gogo­dc/

○ This event will discuss and showcase the origins and future of the most emblematic DC sounds and artists. Go­Go Live Author Natalie Hopkinson and Michael L. Chambers II will give a brief interactive talk about Go­Go, D.C.’s own brand of funk, and Marvin Gaye’s footprint in D.C. Afterward they will facilitate a more general discussion about the future of the arts in D.C.

● Thursday May 5th ­ 7:00pm ­Record Collecting 101: Vinyl Happy Hour with Som Records Owner Neal Becton­http://knowledgecommonsdc.org/classes/record­collecting­101/

○ Want to improve your record hunting game and grow your record collection? Join Som Records owner and vinyl DJ Neal Becton (aka DJ Neville C) for an educational session on everything vinyl from record quality to genre expansion to curating your collection. This interactive session will include a talk, Q&A, adult beverages, and opportunities to shop for records at a 15% discount with the advice of a true vinyl expert. For ages 21 and up.

About Knowledge Commons

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Knowledge Commons DC is a free school for thinkers, doers, and tinkerers – taught anywhere, by anyone, for everyone. As a floating school hosted throughout Washington DC, we are dedicated to forging unusual intersections and conversations by providing a platform for free and hospitable knowledge sharing. We partner with existing organizations, individuals, and communities to foster collaborative learning and community exchange. As part of our regular programming, we host month ­long seasonal sessions throughout the city, about three times a year, offering 50+ classes at a time. We can be reached for any inquiries at contact@knowledgecommonsdc.org. 

2016 FUNK PARADE ANNOUNCES INITIAL PERFORMANCE LINE-UP

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.

2016 FUNK PARADE ADDS SOME AMAZING NEW PERKS TO THE CROWDFUNDING INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN

WASHINGTON, DC [March 31, 2016] – Local businesses and artists are helping Funk Parade’s third annual Indiegogo campaign raise $15,000.

New perks added to the event’s campaign include a dive bar crawl with John Solomon, owner of Solly’s bar; a styling and shopping experience with Anna Kahoe of Good Wood; and an original painting by DC artist Rose Jaffe.

“Local businesses are a bedrock of support for Funk Parade,” said Chris Naoum, event co-founder.  He noted the campaign already features perks from Riide, a DC-based electric bike startup, and BicycleSPACE, a Washington cycling shop.

The community event -- a day festival, parade and music festival, includes nearly 150 hours of music, dance and art programming. All proceeds are critical to supporting the infrastructure of the festival as 70,000 attendees are expected for this year’s event on Saturday, May 7.

Newest Perks

  • One (1) $400 Original Funky DC Art Piece - 2’ x 4’ Original DC/Funk Parade inspired painting by celebrated DC homegrown artist Rose Jaffe (Local DMV Only)

  • One (1) $500 DC Dive Bar Crawl with Solly and friends - Sollys DC owner John Solomon and his bud will take you and three of your friends (4 total) on tour of their favorite Dive Bars around the city.(Local DMV Only)

  • One (1) $600 Ladies Night GoodWood Shopping Spree - Goodwood owner Anna Kahoe will treat you and 3 of your friends (4 total) to an evening of champagne, hors d'oeuvres, personal styling and $100 per person credit towards a GoodWood shopping spree. (Local DMV Only)

 

Recent Perks

  • Unlimited $100 - Rare Essence Headliner Perk - 1 copy of Rare Essences upcoming album Turn It Up, 1 copy of Rare Essence Greatest Hits Album vol 1, 1 signed poster of the Rare Essence Turn It Up album cover art signed by renowned DC portrait artist and muralist Aniekan Udofia

 

Original Perks (9 Days Left)

  • One (1) $5,000 Mega Funk High Roller featuring a custom Funk Parade Riide x Special Edition Bike, a Marshall Kilburn portable Bluetooth speaker, a limited edition Chrome X Funk Parade bag, and primo swag including Funk Parade T-Shirt, sticker, magnet and flash tattoo. (Local DMV only.)

  • Unlimited $250 Funk Parade x Chrome Bag A limited edition Chrome x Funk Parade bag -- a Chrome Citizen messenger bag sporting an exclusive Funk Parade path. Local DC only

  • Five (5) $150 Roll Your Funk packages featuring a complete Bike Tune-Up from BicycleSPACE and a Custom Funk Parade Bike Bell. (Local DMV only.)

  • Ten (10) $125 “Chocolate City” Dinner Tickets, each $125 donation will receive one ticket to join renowned D.C. Chef Brent Hughes for his multi-course dining experience, Dopaliscious, on June 5th. Chef Hughes uses music to inspire his menus, and this dinner will be inspired by P-Funk’s album, Chocolate City. (Local DMV Only)

  • Unlimited $100 Poster Art Print A limited edition giclee art print of the Funk Parade 2016 "Roll Your Funk" poster art. Archival-quality 12"x12" print of artwork by renowned artist Donald Ely. (Please pick up in person at Funk Parade or future event.)

  • Twenty (20) $75 Funk Your Bike Roll your Funk! A disco pattern bike light, limited-edition Funk Parade bike bell, and a premium Funk Parade sticker.

  • Twenty (20) $65 Early Bird Funk Parader Save on the Funk Parader perk kit: A quality 100% cotton Funk Parade t-shirt, a Funk Parade fridge magnet, a 4” Funk Parade patch for your backpack or denim jacket, a gold flash tattoo and a premium Funk Parade sticker.

  • Ten (10) $35 Early Bird Funk Pack Save on the classic Funk Pack: A Funk Parade fridge magnet, a 4” Funk Parade patch for your backpack or denim jacket, a gold flash tattoo and a premium Funk Parade sticker.

  • Unlimited $25 Micro Funk Pack Get you started with a Funk Parade flash tattoo and premium Funk Parade 4” decal sticker.

 

Corporate Perks

  • Unlimited $1,000 Corporate Sponsor For $1000, your business logo will be on the 2016 poster, festival map, website, 10'x10' booth space at one of our amazing day fair performance areas, and shout-outs on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

  • Unlimited $1,000 Local Business Supasponsor Are you a DC-based business who wants to be give a little more to the Funk Parade? $1000 gets your logo on the 2016 poster, festival event map, website, and shout-outs on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

  • Unlimited $500 Local Business Sponsorship Are you a DC-based business who wants to be a Funk Parade sponsor? $500 gets your logo on the 2016 poster and website.

To view all the perks or to donate, please go to:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/3rd-annual-funk-parade#/

RARE ESSENCE TO HEADLINE FUNK PARADE

Band’s first studio album in over a decade available through Funk Parade’s Indiegogo campaign

WASHINGTON, DC [March 29, 2016] – Legendary go-go band Rare Essence will be headlining the Funk Parade 2016 Day Festival on Saturday, May 7th.

Rare Essence is gearing up to release their 15th album to coincide with the performance. The album can be pre-ordered through Funk Parade’s Indiegogo campaign, here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/3rd-annual-funk-parade#/

Titled Turn It Up, the album marks not only the 40th anniversary of the band’s inception in 1976, but also a turning point in their career.  Turn It Up is the first original studio album the band is releasing in over a decade.

Funk Parade has teamed up with Rare Essence to create a special Rare Essence Super Fan Perk that can be purchased through the Funk Parade Indiegogo Campaign.  For a pledge of $100, fans can get a copy of Turn It Up (CD), a copy of Rare Essence Greatest Hits Vol 1 (CD), a signed poster of the Turn It Up album cover art created by renowned DC portrait artist and muralist Aniekan Udofia.  (The perk will be available for pick up the day of Funk Parade or can be delivered the following week.)

Funk Parade’s  Indiegogo campaign aims to raise $15,000 for the event - a day festival, parade and music festival celebrating DC music, arts and culture. All proceeds are critical to supporting the infrastructure of the festival as 70,000 attendees are expected for this year’s event on Saturday, May 7.

The Funk Parade has 10 more days to raise its goal and needs your support!

About Rare Essence:

Rare Essence has always been the city’s most popular and enduring Go-Go band. Formed by four students at a Southeast Washington Catholic school during the mid-‘70s, the band was kept on track by several no-nonsense moms and mentored by the late Godfather of Go-Go, Chuck Brown. Rare Essence quickly developed into the city’s most powerful Go-Go band, performing six to seven nights a week. They have performed with Run DMC, LL Cool J, Doug E. Fresh, Biz Markie, Ice Cube, Heavy D and the Boyz, Wu Tang Clan, Redman and Method Man, French Montana, Scarface, TLC, Eric B and Rakim, YoYo, Shabba Ranks, KRS-1 not to mention Chuck Brown, Trouble Funk, The Junk Yard Band, & EU. While no two shows are alike, music lovers new to the Go-Go experience and Rare Essence sound will quickly feel at ease among an allegiance of loyal fans chanting along to hits like “Lock It,” “One On One,” “Hey Buddy Buddy,” and the ever popular “Overnight Scenario,” which is covered by Fantasia all over the country. In a review of the band’s 30th Anniversary show, The Washington Post Pop Critic Writer Chris Richards wrote, “…this band has performed more than 5000 times. Like so many Rare Essence concerts, it’s easy to believe you’re seeing the best one.” In 2014, Go-Go was featured in the DC episode of Dave Grohl’s “Sonic Highways,” and TV One’s “Unsung” series aired a Chuck Brown episode in 2015 that features interviews with Rare Essence’s Andre “Whiteboy” Johnson and performances by the band.

FUNK PARADE CALLS FOR SOUNDS OF THE CITY

WASHINGTON, DC [March 22, 2016] – DC’s Funk Parade and Grammy-nominated local artist Kokayi put out a call for donations Tuesday to Washington residents: send us your sounds of the city.

The sounds are for a collaborative city-wide composition project, “Sounds of the City,” to create a song for DC, which Kokayi will compose with the donated sounds.

Washingtonians are asked to record sounds for the project and send them using their smartphones. Instructions are at http://soundsofthe.city.

“What sounds make you think of DC? Your Metro driver’s announcements, your orchestra warming up, the brass band outside your office, a motorcade passing by? What is the song this city makes?” Asked Justin Rood, Funk Parade co-founder. “That’s what we need you to capture and send us.”

Funk Parade and Kokayi are working together to create the community-driven DC song for the city. Funk Parade is gathering the sounds from residents all over DC, and Kokayi will loop and remix the sounds to create the piece.

The call for submissions starts Tuesday, March 22 and runs for two weeks. The project is funded by the DC Office of Planning, as a sonic experiment in creative placemaking.

2016 FUNK PARADE ROLLS OUT CROWDFUNDING INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN

A One-of-a-Kind Bicycle, Bells and a Dopaliscious Dinner are on the Menu

WASHINGTON, DC [March 15, 2016] – The Department of Funk rolled out its third annual Indiegogo campaign in hopes of raising $15,000 for the day festival, parade and nearly 150 hours of music, dance and art programming. All proceeds are critical to supporting the infrastructure of the festival as 70,000 attendees are expected for this year’s event on Saturday, May 7.

Funky perks come with all levels of donations. This year, Funk Parade was fortunate to secure some amazing rewards. Highlights include:

  • One (1) $5,000 Mega Funk High Roller featuring a custom Funk Parade Riide x Special Edition Bike, a Marshall Kilburn portable Bluetooth speaker, a limited edition Chrome X Funk Parade bag, and primo swag including Funk Parade T- Shirt, sticker, magnet and flash tattoo. (Local DC only.)

  • Five (5) $150 Roll Your Funk packages featuring a complete Bike Tune-Up from BicycleSPACE and a Custom Funk Parade Bike Bell. (Local DC only.)

  • Ten (10) $125 “Chocolate City” Dinner Tickets, each $125 donation will receive one ticket to join renowned D.C. Chef Brent Hughes for his multi-course dining experience, Dopaliscious, on June 5th. Chef Hughes uses music to inspire his menus, and this dinner will be inspired by P-Funk’s album, Chocolate City.

  • Unlimited $85 Funk Parader packages featuring a quality 100% cotton Funk Parade T-Shirt, Funk Parade Fridge Magnet, a 4” Funk Parade patch for your backpack or denim jacket, a gold Flash Tattoo, and a premium Funk Parade sticker.

    To view all the perks or to donate, please go to:

    https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/3rd-annual-funk-parade#/ 

Funk Parade Unveils 2016 Plans

WASHINGTON, DC [MARCH 14, 2016] – THE D.C. DEPARTMENT OF FUNK UNVEILED DETAILS OF THIS YEAR’S FUNK PARADE, INCLUDING THE POSTER ART, THEME, AND FOR THE FIRST TIME, MAJOR ART ACTIVATIONS

 

Funk Parade -- DC’s one-of-a-kind day fair, parade and music festival -- takes place on Saturday, May 7. This year’s theme is “ROLL YOUR FUNK,” highlighting the city’s roller-skating heyday, its current cycling culture, skateboarding and more.

Funk Department officials said this year’s Funk Parade is expected to draw over 70,000 residents to the U Street neighborhood to enjoy over 150 hours of music and dance programming, along with interactive art activations like:

  • A roller-skating salute to DC of the 1970s

  • Phone booths that connect participants to the city’s past and future

  • A song for DC made from sounds submitted online by Washingtonians

    “Engaging attendees in the day’s experiences has always been central to the event,” said Justin Rood, Funk Parade co-founder. “This isn’t a spectacle to watch, it’s a celebration to join.” But as Funk Parade’s popularity has grown -- doubling from 25,000 attendees in 2014 to 50,000 last year -- the need to invite participation from attendees became even more important. “Bring your spirit, bring your funk. Join the parade!” Said Chris Naoum, event co-founder.

    The parade is participatory, and all are encouraged to join in, Department officials stressed. “Bring your funk and put it all out on the street. It’s what Funk Parade is all about.”

    All events are free and open to the public. More details -- including band lineups, locations, and the parade route -- will be released in the coming days.