D.C. go-go legends Backyard Band (who recently performed at SXSW), funk pioneers Sun Ra Arkestra and Sinkane will headline the celebration on Saturday, May 6. Rising stars like Nag Champa, Dior Ashley Brown and the dAb Band, Champion Sounds, Clones of Funk, Pebble to Pearl, Mokoomba and Aztec Sun will also perform at this year’s event. The official theme for Funk Parade 2017 is ‘Future Funk,’ an ode to spotlighting the future generation of D.C. talent.
Besides the lineup announcement, Funk Parade organizers have also launched an Indiegogo campaign to help fund the festival. Donations will help pay for performers and other critical expenses needed to make the show happen, and there’s plenty of perks for those who contribute to the cause.
Funk Parade will once again takeover several blocks of U Street on May 6, with a day fair kicking off the party from 12 p.m.-7 p.m., the parade from 3 p.m.-4 p.m., and music festival from 7 p.m.-10 p.m.