This is the most exciting time of the year for Listen Local First. Two huge festivals in the pipeline, but the one we want to brag about in this post is The Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival presented by Whole Foods Market, happening Saturday April 26th on the beautiful Kingman and Heritage Islands.
This is the 5th year the festival is happening. The first two year were literally a couple hundred neighbors, a keg of beer and a couple neighborhood bands pickin in a circle for a couple hours. Last year the festival made a major leap with a main stage programmed from 1-8pm, two busking areas, a children stage, over a dozen food trucks, kayaks and nearly 8,000 visitors attended throughout the day.
This year with the help of some amazing Sponsors, Whole Foods, Events DC and REI to name a few, the festival is well on it’s way to becoming one of the most unique, affordable, outdoor, all local music festivals in the city. If you join us on the 26th, not only will you get to enjoy 5 stages of live music entertainment (including Children’s stage for families) but you get a Whole Foods game and refreshment tent, REI climbing wall, kayaks and outdoors skills training sessions, BicycleSPACE mini race course and bike raffle, Boogie Babes children’s stage and craft area for kids, and of course the Food and Beer Trucks.
The music programming for the day will feature two main stages, two island stages, and a children’s stage. Over 30 amazing local musicians will be performing throughout the day. All of these musicians are from the DMV Region and perform around this area on a regular basis.
Take a look at the links below and decide which acts you’ll be checking out at the Festival. Also check out the events leading up to the main event on April 26th:
- Bluegrass performances coming to your local Whole Foods Market over the next two weeks. https://www.livingclassrooms.
- REI Earth Day Island Clean Up is happening this Saturday April 19th – http://www.rei.com/event/
- Volunteer at this year’s Festival and receive a free t-shirt and two free beer tickets (for those of age): http://vols.pt/4MNouW
- Purchase Tickets Ahead of Time to Get Special Deals – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/
5th-annual-kingman-island- bluegrass-and-folk-festival- tickets-10913112413
- Visit our website for more details – http://www.
FESTIVAL MUSIC LINE UP
WHOLE FOODS MARKET FESTIVAL MAIN STAGE
1:00pm – 1:35pm Delafield String Band
1:45pm – 2:20pm King Street Bluegrass
2:30pm – 3:05pm Only Lonesome
3:15pm – 3:50pm 19th Street Band
4:00pm – 4:35pm Second String Band
4:45pm – 5:20pm By & By
5:30pm – 6:05pm Sligo Creek Stompers
6:15pm – 7:45pm Hackensaw Boys
Side Stage Artists: Performing in between mainstage acts
WHOLE FOODS MARKET AMERICANA STAGE
1:00pm – 1:35pm Ballad’ve
1:50pm – 2:25pm South Rail
2:40pm – 3:15pm Justin Trawick and the Common Good
3:30pm – 4:05pm Junior League Band
4:20 – 5:00pm Vandaveer
5:15pm – 6:00pm Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray
Acre 121 Island Stage – Located at Kingman Island Park Entrance
1:00-2:00pm – Gramophonic
2:00-3:00pm – Nathan Robinson of Roof Beams
3:00-4:00pm – Don Kim
4:00-5:00pm – Pet Parade
5:00-6:00pm -Wes Tucker
Gypsy Sallys Island Stage – Located on the Kingman Island Dock
1:00-2:00pm – Sunrise Review
2:00-3:00pm – The Beanstalk Library (acoustic)
3:00-4:00pm – Karen Jonas
4:00-5:00pm – Victoria Vox
5:00-6:00pm - Hollertown
Boogie Babes Children & Family Stage
1:00pm – The Banjo Man
2:00pm – Bridgette & Dawn
2:45pm – Mr. Skip
3:30pm – Uno, Dos, Tres con Andres
4:15pm Marsha Goodman-Wood
4:45pm Nick Bayard
When: Saturday April 26th, 12:00pm – 8:00pm
Where: Kingman Island located on the Anacostia River-
575 Oklahoma Avenue NE Washington, DC (entrance at RFK Stadium Lot 6).
Biking and metro are encouraged. A free shuttle will run from Stadium/Armory Metro Station. Free parking is available in RFK Lot 6.
Who: The Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival presented byWhole Foods Market is a collaboration between Living Classrooms, Councilman Tommy Wells’ Office, REI, Events DC, Boogie Babes, BicycleSPACE, Listen Local First, Kleen Kanteen, programming partners Gypsy Sallys and Acre 121 and media partner WAMU’s Bluegrass Country. All are welcome to attend.
Cost: $10 suggested donations to support Living Classrooms’ environmental education programming for DC youth on Kingman Island.
Tickets can be purchased ahead of time at http://kingmanislandbluegrass.
As many of you already know, Funk Parade is a one-of-a-kind parade, street fair and music festival planned for DC’s U Street neighborhood on Saturday, May 3rd, 2014. Funk Parade celebrates DC’s vibrant music and arts, the U Street neighborhood, and the Spirit of Funk that brings us all together.
Today Thursday March 13th we launched out Funk Parade Indiegogo Campaign http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/first-dc-funk-parade
Raising $20,000 from the community will help us hold the Funk Parade the city deserves. This money will go to the cost of the parade itself, particularly the police and permits which the city requires, and to the musicians and performers who will make the day amazing.
This isn’t another event to eat corn dogs and watch a band play. Funk Parade is about collaboration and involvement, about getting up and getting into it together, imagining it and making it what you believe it should be.
What do you get? To reward our Indiegogo participants, we have lots of goodies including great perks from local neighborhood businesses, including:
Awesome Funk Parade 2014 T-shirts from Twice as Warm (For every shirt you purchase they will donate one to Martha’s Table and other local charities)
limited edition “U” Ball caps
private chef dinners provided by &Pizza
Ben’s Chili Bowl U Street Package catering
and much, much more!
Special Thanks to Those Who Helped Make This Campaign Happen:
The video is edited by Don Kim with video footage courtesy of Don Kim, Ben Droz and Urban Artistry. The Funk Parade Theme Song is “How to Start a Band” courtesy of Fort Knox Recordings and Fort Knox Five (featuring Ian Sveononius). Special thanks to Lettie Gooch, Junction Vintage, Miss Pixie’s, Edge’s Barbershop, Theresa Watts, Kim Jade Fry, and Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham.
REMEMBER: Join Us Tonight Thursday March 13th for the Funk Parade Kickoff Party
Liv Nightclub 2001 12th St NW
Doors open at 8pm
Tickets – funkparade.eventbrite.com
Come join us to celebrate the launch of our Funk Parade Indiegogo campaign with live performances from The Funk Parade All Stars (members of Elikeh, Lucky Dub, Eme & Heteru) aka Ninja Bunny with tons of special musical guests, DJ Michael Saretsky (TNT) & DJ Nitekrawler (Moneytown) and performances from the Urban Artistry and the Hung Tao Choy Mei Leadership Institute
Tito’s Vodka will be offering free cocktails to the attendees who purchase our SUPER Supporter Ticket.
Event Page – https://www.facebook.com/events/458857587574647/
Follow Funk Parade on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/thefunkparade
Follow Funk Parade on Twitter – @FunkParade
Share the Funk Parade Promo Video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bJdGLdBLVQ
Check out our website (created by BrinkMedia) – http://funkparade.com/
Listen Local First in conjunction with Funk Parade presents: An Extravaganza in the Spirit of Funk
Come join us at Liv Nightclub Thursday, March 13th to celebrate the final stretch of Funk Parade planning and to kickoff our fundraising efforts!
This celebration will feature *for one night only* The Funk Parade All-Star Band (aka Ninja Bunny), including members of Elikeh, Lucky Dub, Eme & Heteru & special guests!
The Funk Parade is a one of a kind sidewalk fair, parade and evening music festival happening on Saturday May 3rd throughout the U Street Corridor. In order to put on this unbelievable event we need to raise money to cover the costs of permits, security, and payment for musicians and artists. This night of celebration also marks the launch of the Funk Parade Indie GoGo Fan Funding Campaign. Stay tuned for more information, donation opportunities, and great give-aways.
Ticket Link - funkparade.even
Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 day of event, and $50 supporter. Doors are at 8 pm. Come enjoy an extra funky Thursday night at Liv and help make Funk Parade happen!
Listen Local First presents two Kennedy Center Millennium Stage shows this month:
Tuesday, February 11th, 6pm: In collaboration with Multiflora Production, we present Hailu Mergia with guests Low Mentality
In the 1970s, Hailu Mergia was a famous African funk musician in Ethiopia performing with the group the Walias Band. In 1981, the group performed in the United States and Mergia, along with a few other bandmates, remained in the country to avoid returning to their homeland’s toxic dictatorship. Today he’s been picked up by the label Awesome Tapes from Africa which has allowed him to continue his solo accordion career with synthetic accompaniment. Mergia will be joined by Low Mentality, which is known for its beat and bass heavy reinterpretation of non-American music.
For more information:
For more on Low Mentality, see their Official Website
Check out the Facebook Event Page
Wednesday, February 12th, 6pm: Listen Local First presents Nappy Riddem
“Since releasing their debut album on Fort Knox Recordings in 2011, NAPPY RIDDEM has been busy touring nationwide and releasing a string of remixes, transforming itself into an uplifting and conscious reggae band that is funky enough to pack the dancefloor. Started by Mustafa Akbar and Rex Riddem, NAPPY RIDDEM is now joined in the studio and on stage by drummer Jon Modell as part of their 6-piece live band.
The Rock Steady EP contains four upbeat reggae tracks that represent NAPPY RIDDEM’s fresh new sound! The EP starts off strong with a track that shows the group is serious about the healing of the nation. “I Wish” is a deep and meaningful track that reaches the soulful depth of Mustafa Akbar’s vocals. The title track, “Rock Steady” oozes positivity with a groovy, rocksteady vibe, and features Rex Riddem on Ukulele and lead vocals. Keeping the dance vibe going is “Rastaman”, rudeboy defiance on top of an irresistible stepping beat results in pure fire! Closing out the EP is “Red Blood”, featuring Brittany Tanner on additional vocals, a emotional ballad for the people, it is sweet and full of soul.
The Nappy Riddem sound has developed into its own brand of “Dancehall Funk” that moves bodies, hearts, and minds. The Rock Steady EP represents a new beginning for this exciting band from Washington, DC. Reggae for the dancefloor, messages for the people, and fresh beats for the heads.”
(Quoted from their official website)
For more information:
Check out the Facebook Event Page here