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ARE YOU READY TO FUNK YOUR SALSA ?
DCBX and StuckOnSalsa are honored to be a part of and be a co host of the Latin After Party at the Funk Parade at the Work It Studio.
Ther will be a Beginner Salsa class from 7pm until 7:45pm
and then Open dancing and plenty of Salsa and Bachata provided b Stephen Greene from 7:45 until 10pm
We are also celebrating the 4 Year Anniversary of host Work it Studio
Come on out after the Parade and get your Latin Groove on and we party like it is 1999 at the Funk Parade
We will be raffling off passes to the DC Bachat Congress, The StuckOnSalsa All White Party , Free month entrance to Lukcy Strike on Sundays and much more
COVER IS 10.00
ORIGINS OF FUNK PARADE
From a second-floor window near 13th and U – and later from U Street itself – Justin Rood witnessed the spectacle following Obama’s 2008 victory. Although a Washington, D.C. native, he knew little of the street’s long tradition for public celebrations.
Rood had recently moved to the U Street neighborhood, into a house reportedly once home to Duke Ellington. A music lover, he quickly became enchanted with the community – its abundance of live music, its liveliness, its mixture of longtime residents and newcomers; and the rhythm of celebration and coming together that seemed to punctuate the life of the neighborhood, from the battalions of marching bands in the Howard homecoming parade, to the drum circle in Malcolm X Park, to the United House of Prayer’s music-rich Memorial Day parade.
One night he had a vivid dream: it was twilight on U Street, and quiet. But the stillness was moved by a low rumble. In the distance he saw people coming slowly toward him, and the rumble grew. He made out the drums of a marching band. Then horns. The procession came closer and he saw it was a parade, a procession of people on foot – first a marching band, then his neighbors, and strangers in costumes, and more musicians. Spoons were banged on pots, children clapped from atop their parents’ shoulders.
As the parade moved down U Street and into the neighborhood, neighbors came out of their houses to see the spectacle, and joined in themselves. It was pure pleasure, a celebration of life on U Street, of life in the city, of life itself. He woke up and wondered, why does this funk parade not exist?
In 2013 Rood partnered with Chris Naoum of Listen Local First, which encourages Washingtonians to hear, see and support local musicians. Together they met with dozens of local businesses, nonprofits and community leaders, who shared the vision of a Funk Parade, and a celebration of U Street’s history and present-day role as a home to live music and the spirit of coming together for the city. In 2014, over 25,000 Washingtonians participated in the first-ever DC Funk Parade. In 2015, over 50,000 Washingtonians from all corners of the city came together for the second Funk Parade. Be a part of the third!