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The time has finally arrived, and the first annual DC Funk Parade is going down this Saturday! But that’s not all, we’re getting it in tonight at the official block party kick off event.

This eve’s ringing in of the revelries is happening at the African American Civil War Museum, and is brought to you by Raise Your City, ONE DC and, yours truly, One Love Massive.

We’ve got a huge bash in store both inside and outside of the building. Out in the street we’ll have live music going strong with Black Masala, Sir Joe Quarterman, and a Jahsonic DJ set. If that weren’t enough, inside there’s all sorts of engaging enticements such as a piece from the “The Power of Soul” documentary extolling the worldwide impact of James Brown and his music, a preview of the “Black Broadway on U TransMedia Project”, and a stellar AV pannel: The Evolution of DC Music: Jazz, Soul, Funk and Go-Go Historians & Storytellers. Finally, don’t forget: there will also be food trucks and a cache of DC Brau on hand.

Bonus? The One Love Bus will be on hand to give you a chance to flex your creative mind.

For more info and to buy tickets go: HERE

Then, on Saturday (May 3rd) the whole damn thing is goin down.

The One Love Bus will be back in action and ready for more!

It all kicks off with a day fair from 12-5pm from 9th to 16th on U Street NW. There will be music (from Funk Ark, Brass Connection, Batala Percussion Band, Future Band, and more), dance (with Urban Artistry, Alliance Francaise, Universal Capoeira, Da Originals, not to mention Dragon and Lion Dancers), a Tech Embassy at Affinity Labs, a Family Area, a Vinyl Lounge at Den of Thieves, Street performers, and, of course, Graffiti art projects by Art Under Pressure, No Kings Collective, and One Love Massive.

The parade itself is going down at 5pm on the corner of Vermont and U St NW. This parade needs you! Join in, bring your noise makers, your fancy moves, and your moving shoes. There will also be The Ballou High School Marching Band, Batala Percussion Band, Asheru, Hung Tao Choy Mei Lion and Dragon dancers, Yamomanem Jazz, BicycleSPACE riders and more on hand. Clean up with be a cinch with the world’s first FLASH MOP, a spontaneous clean-and-dance civic action squad!


But wait; there’s more!

From 7-10pm there will be a music festival. There’s a huge host of participating spaces in the U St area, so get ready to get down at U Street Music Hall, Tropicalia, Solly’s, DC9 Nightclub, Patty Boom Boom, Liv Nightclub DC, The Brixton, Jojo Restaurant, Busboys and Poets, Twins Jazz Club, and Work It! Studio. Each venue will have a mind bending myriad of artists making beautiful music.


There’s an afterparty at Ben’s Next Door. At 10pm get ready for: “THE SOUL OF FUNK” Wes Felton World and Sol Zahran All Star Jam Session After-party.

Wow, that’s a ton of celebration, and we hope to see you at each and every second of it.

Join the Facebook Event: HERE

And for more information go to the official website: HERE

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