Revelers dance at the Main Stage of Funk Parade 2017. (Photo by John Sonderman)
Editor’s note: Parklife DC was glad to receive word Friday that the fifth annual Funk Parade will proceed on Saturday, May 12, after being rescued by a massive-last minute fundraising effort. We present the official press release from Funk Parade in its entirety below. Visit www.funkparade.com for all details!
Washington, DC — It’s on.
The 5th Annual Funk Parade will happen Saturday, May 12, after last-minute fundraising raised over $60,000 in just a few weeks. Organizers had announced March 6 the event was unlikely to take place because of a massive budget shortfall.
The Soul Rebels (Photo courtesy The Kurland Agency)
The Soul Rebels, a New Orleans ensemble bridging jazz and hip hop, perform at 9:30 Club on Thursday, March 29, with special guests GZA and Talib Kweli.
The 2017 Funk Parade marches through the city on May 6, 2017. (Photo by Ted Eytan)
The following press release was published by Funk Parade on March 11. Parklife DC shares it in its entirety in support of Funk Parade’s crowdfunding effort.
A longstanding DC music institution has stepped in to help save a new one.
Chuck Levin’s Washington Music Center, the independent music and equipment retail giant which has called the DC area home for 60 years, has pledged to match new crowdfunding contributions to save the DC Funk Parade. The campaign can be found at https://www.youcaring.com/funkparade.
Mundy Spears performs at DC9 on March 3, 2018. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)
Vocalist Mundy Spears is a new wave revelation, packing a petite punch as frontwoman for a band bearing her name and backing the glam punk rocker with euphonious old-school funk.
Mundy was first up on a winning bill at DC9 on Saturday to open surf rockers High Waisted — and wow did she start the evening off right!
Galactic (Photo courtesy Ticketfly)
New Orleans jam band Galactic are rolling into 9:30 Club for two nights — Friday, March 2, and Saturday, March 3. You can win tickets to go to the first night with Parklife DC!
Kirk Joseph plays Sousaphone for the Dirty Dozen Brass Band at Ottawa Jazzfest on June 23, 2015. (Photo by Mike Bouchard)
The last week of 2017 will be remembered as a cold one. I’m not very fond of winter and I spend most of it grousing. So I found myself, somewhat sullen in mood, entering the State Theatre on the last Saturday before the New Year to encounter — warmth!
I’m not just talking about the toasty temperature of the State Theatre itself; I’m referring to the mood being set by the band on the stage. Dirty Dozen Brass Band (DDBB) had come to Falls Church this evening as part of their 40th Anniversary tour, and they were throwing down a piping hot musical stew of New Orleans Jazz over a bed of sizzling funk that turned this otherwise icy patch of Northern Virginia into summertime on the Bayou.
Dirty Dozen Brass Band (Photo by Chris Monaghan)
Formed in 1977 by Benny Jones, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. The New Orleans collective is on tour with a stop at the State Theatre in Falls Church, Virginia, on Saturday, Dec. 30
Victor Wooten performs at Empire Control Room & Garage in Austin on April 1, 2017. (photo by Nick Radcliffe)
Victor Wooten is one of the best musicians on this earth. On Saturday, a packed 9:30 Club got to enjoy Victor’s talent on full display.
Victor Wooten Trio (Photo courtesy Ticketfly)
Victor Wooten released TRYPNOTYX, his 10th solo studio album, on Sept. 8, and he’s touring with Dennis Chambers and Bob Franceschini, who worked with him on that album, as the Victor Wooten Trio. The gents perform at 9:30 Club on Saturday, Dec. 16.
Joseph Mount fronts Metronomy at Brooklyn Steel in New York City on Nov. 13, 2017.
Although famously self-reliant, Joseph Mount likes a good team — and he’s got one in Metronomy, his four-member (five when touring) English indie pop band.
In performance, Metronomy always show some team spirit through color coordinated outfits (occasionally the same matching outfit), but against that backdrop the individual bandmates shine through their own contributions, as demonstrated in a sold-out show at Brooklyn Steel in New York City on Nov. 13.