• Celebrations,  Festivals,  Music

    Let the beat funk you up — music festival is big part of parade’s fun

    The Funk Parade is sort of a misnomer. While a raucous parade down U Street is certainly the eponymous moment of the day, the day-long event is as much free music festival as it is parade. The bands played at 12 stages and performance areas during the day and 15 venues into the night — and DC Focused photographers were at most of them. Be sure to check out our Music Project for bonus coverage. Featured image © 2016 Jeffrey Morris. Chelsey Green © Clif Burns The Ron Holloway Band © Zack Lewkowicz Reesa Renee © Sean Kennedy Lucky So & Sos © Rob Cannon Nappy Riddem © Joe Newman Funk Ark © Zack…

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  • Arts,  Celebrations,  Events,  Festivals,  Music,  Parades

    On this day, it was the District of Funk

    U Street was all about the funk on Saturday — music, dancing in the street, drum lines and tens of thousands of people turning out for the all-day party and music fest known as the Funk Parade. The festival of funk took over the U Street corridor, as old and new DC came together to celebrate the city’s cultural heritage. The Mayor of Funk Town was even there throwing beads to cheering constituents, walking just a few hundred yards ahead of parade participants carrying a gigantic, inflatable joint. The parade slogan, after all, was “roll your funk.” Spread along the corridor from the Howard Theater to 14th Street, the festival included…

  • Events,  Meetups

    Trey Ratcliff’s Photo Walk Across the USA stops in DC #TreyUSA

      Nearly 200 photographers came out to the National Mall on Saturday — at least one from as far away as California — for what may have been the largest photo walk ever held in Washington, DC. No offense to our iconic photo ops but most of the photographers weren’t really here to shoot images of the Washington Monument or Lincoln Memorial — they were here because of Trey Ratcliff, the HDR pioneer who has built an international brand around his Stuck in Customs blog. More recently, he has launched his virtual, global photo academy dubbed The Arcanum. Ratcliff, an American who now lives in New Zealand, is holding photo…

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