In one month, Funk Parade will once again takeover U Street for a day’s worth of music, community and celebration. This year’s event–scheduled for Saturday, May 6–features a day fair, parade and evening festival that’ll spotlight over 120 musicians across 30 different stages. Headliners like legendary go-go band Backyard Band, genre-bending artist Sinkane and funk pioneers Sun Ra Arkestra will perform at Funk Parade this year, along with local stars like DJ/producer QDup, who just released an excellent 48-minute-long Funk Parade mix to get you pumped for what’s to come in May.
In all, the mix features 15 groovy tracks to blast through your speakers. There are a few original mixes from Qdup himself (including his new single, “Get Up,” featuring Jerome Joyce, that’ll be released via label Fort Knox Recordings in June), plus songs from other esteemed producers like Michigan DJ GRiZ, France duo The Noisy Freaks, UK’s Father Funk and many more. It’s a diverse slate of funky tunes that spotlights Funk Parade’s ‘future funk’ theme, and the ideal soundtrack to listen to before jump-starting your weekend.
As a side note, Funk Parade is also trying to raise money for this year’s festival. To donate, head to their Indiegogo page and make a contribution.
Qdup will perform at U Street Music Hall during Funk Parade on May 6. Doors open at 7 p.m. and it’s free to get in.
1. K+Lab & Alias ft The Mic Smith – Mothership ReEntry
2. Tom Booze – Put You Down ft. Kymberley Kennedy
3. GRiZ – PS GFY (feat. Cherub)
4. Stickybuds & K+Lab – Clap Ya Hands Now feat KWADI Original Mix
5. The Noisy Freaks & Wicked City – Get Down
6. Qdup – Joyride ft. EVeryman (Original Mix)
7. Qdup – Funk Over Here
8. A.Skillz – 7 Day Weekend (Original Mix)
9. Bruno Mars – Two Four K Magic (Casual Connection Rework)
10. Kendrick Lamar – King Kunta (Bobby C Sound TV remix)
11. K+lab – Pull up feat. Melodownz & Mustafa Akbar
12. Qdup – Get Up ft. Jerome Joyce
13. Father Funk – L-I-V-I-N
14. Slynk – Just Rock Don’t Stop
15. Timothy Wisdom – Bad Mother