Funk Parade this Saturday: Sam Prather’s Groove Orchestra, Nag Champa and more!

Funk Parade is back this Saturday, May 7, for its third annual celebration. U Street is going to become a buzzing hive of groove, good food, and some of the most powerful musical talent this town has on offer. CapitalBop is curating the performances at the M.A. Winter Stage, as we have both of the previous years.

funk parade 2016 posterThe music starts at 1 p.m., and runs all the way through till dusk. (There wlll be a break at 4 p.m. for the parade, which will process down U Street.) The M.A. Winter Stage is presented by City First Bank. Here’s who we’ll be hearing from there:

Sam Prather’s Groove Orchestra

…is the boundless funk-soul-jazz mini big band that opened for Thundercat last year at the DC Jazz Festival, and brought the energy at our warehouse venue to a boil.

Trae Crudup and the Cover-Up

…is a soulful band led by the coiled and potent young drummer Warren “Trae” Crudup III, playing covers of everything from jazz to ’90s soul.

Nag Champa

…is the group of take-no-prisoners, experimental young Turks bringing electronic music, hip-hop and jazz improvisation together with visionary emceeing and Afrofuturist aesthetics. Their opening set last year for Marc Cary’s second annual CB Block Party was a winner, and we knew we had to have them back.

Jenna Camille

…is a smooth and thoughtful young singer, poet and multi-instrumentalist with a bag full of musical tricks. You heard it here first: She’s about to be D.C.’s next big thing.

Aaron “Ab” Abernathy & Nat Turner

…features the conscious groove merchant Abernathy on keyboards and vocals, singing svelte original tunes with a debt to D’Angelo – and to his expert band, Nat Turner, which has all the chops it needs to support him.

Come out to this free show and be a part of the action on Saturday, at 1436 U Street NW. logo



About Giovanni Russonello

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A co-founder of CapitalBop, Giovanni Russonello is also a music writer and critic for the New York Times. He also teaches writing as a lecturer at New York University's School of Professional Studies. He previously served as a contributor to the Washington Post, the FADER, JazzTimes, NPR Music and others, and hosted “On the Margin,” a books show on WPFW-FM. He graduated from Tufts University with a bachelor’s degree in history, with a focus on African-American history. Reach Giovanni at [email protected] Read him at or Follow him on Twitter at @giorussonello.

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