Plan Your Weekend
It's a party, all weekend long!
The Funkateers Ball isn't just one night or one show--it's a weekend of events where you can meet your Funky friends and make brand new ones! Plan to stay from Friday through Sunday if you can!
Friday, September 29
All pre-Ball events are free and take place in the Funkateers Ball hospitality suite at The Bethesdan Hotel. Check the digital board or ask at the front desk for the location.
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Robin's Circle of P Live
Join Robin Denson, host of the popular internet radio show Robin's Circle of P for a relaxing evening featuring her hand-picked music list, a silent auction of P-Funk treasures, and maybe some special guest appearances as well! Check the Facebook event for auction pre-bidding. The hospitality suite will stay open after the party for more music and relaxation.
Saturday, September 30
1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Let's take it to the stage (or at least the front of the room)...test your pipes against your fellow Funkateers with a casual karaoke session.
Comic Book Signing with Linda Shider
Q&A and comic book signing of Diaperman, the new superhero comic featuring Garry Shider and illustrated by Curtis Wilcox and Keith Marshall
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM (est.)
The Funkateers Ball with pre-show by DJ Gonzilla
Doors open at 6:00 with dinner and bar service and a DJ set by P-Funk alum Gabe Gonzalez. Meet and greet your friends and make new ones, and don't forget to wear your Funky best! Live performances start at 8:00 PM and go until 11-11:30 PM.
After the Show
Meet at Tommie Joe's
Keep the vibe flowing at the unofficial after party at Tommie Joe's at 7940 Norfolk Ave., a few blocks from the venue and hotel. We usually meet on the 2nd floor but be sure to check all 3 to find the party!
Afrofuturism Exhibit at the National Museum of African American History and Culture
Don't miss this limited time exhibit featuring Bernie Worrell's keyboard, George Clinton's stage costume and a wealth of cultural treasures relating to Black visions of the future. NMAAHC requires passes for weekend visits. A limited number are released online at 8:15 AM every day.
Headquarters Hotel - The Bethesdan
Most Funkateers stay Bethesdan Tapestry Collection by Hilton, located a short-minute walk or even shorter shuttle bus ride to Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club. Our weekend activities and hangouts take place here as well.
Venue and Parking
The Funkateers Ball is held at the Bethesda Theater (formerly the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club). Free parking is available in the Cheltenham Garage at 4720 Cheltenham Drive, directly behind the theater and accessible by elevator. Handicapped parking is available and the front entrance of the theater as well as dinner seats are accessible.
Bethesda Metro station is a 10-minute walk from the concert hall. The Bethesdan Hotel provides a free shuttle.
The Bethesda Theater (formerly Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club)
7719 Wisconsin Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814-3521