It began with a vision of gathering Funkateers from around the Chocolate Milky Way to celebrate their love of Parliament-Funkadelic and the spirit of One Nation and One Love. Now an annual tradition, it gets bigger and better every year. It's never too late to join our funky family!
Two massive bands--Tha MuthafunkaholX and Enema Squad--created a Funk explosion featuring our longest list of PFunk all-stars yet: Michael Hampton, Gabe Gonzalez, Greg Boyer, Greg Thomas, Bennie Cowan, Benzel "Baltimore" Cowan, Guy "NowChild" Curtis, and Garrett Shider. They joined forces to delight the crowd with deep PFunk cuts and blistering originals!
Grammy winner Kendra Foster and Michael Hampton lit up the stage alongside Tony Camm & the Funk Allstars with able assistance from Linda Shider, Zack Roberson, Shirley Clinton, Rob Woods and Robert Harper--featuring extra special guest M.C. Funkadrill Santiago of Mandrill fame! We also paid tribute to our late, beloved CCA founding member Brenda "Honeybee" Robinson.
Back after a pandemic break without missing a beat, the Ball featured "Starchild Jr." Garrett Shider and PFunk alums Gabe Gonzalez, Guy Nowchild Curtis, Greg Boyer and Linda Shider with the Clones of Funk and featured singer Shirley Clinton. Michael Hampton set the house on fire with a special 50th anniversary rendition of "Maggot Brain"
Photo by Mark Mallory
Michael Clip Payne's own groove thing, 420 Funk Mob, headlined an all-star lineup including Michael Hampton and special guest M.C. Frankie "Kash" Waddy and opening act Tony Camm & the Funk Allstars. PFunk visual artists Ron "Stozo" Edwards and Diem Jones paid special tribute to the late Pedro Bell.
Photo by Chuck Haber
We did it--we brought Bootsy back to the DMV! A standing room only crowd enjoyed guest M.C. Bootzilla singing with the Clones of Funk and sharing special memories with the Funkateers, assisted by the lovely "Peppermint" Patty Collins. This was our first year taking it to the stage at Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, and what a way to do it!
Photo by Richard Panse
What a treat to bring the legendary Dawn Silva & the Brides of Funkenstein for a rare East Coast appearance! Joined by Jeanette Perkins of Parlet, Michael Hampton, Kevin Goins and Jeff "Cherokee" Bunn, the ladies gave the crowd at Martin's Crosswinds some Disco to Go!
Where it all began...honoring the landing of the Mothership at the Smithsonian, Funkateers gathered in the Martin's Crosswinds ballroom for a lavish night of Funk and fellowship with Michael "Kidd Funkadelic" Hampton, the Clones of Funk and too many surprise guests to name!
Video by FIXIT Productions