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Saturday, May 11, 2019 7:00 PM

Event Details

DC Chapter

Meet & Greet Jam Details: Sunday, April 7, 2019 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
1506 North Capitol St NW, Washington, DC
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Event Details: Saturday, May 11, 2019 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
The Saloon
1205 U St NW, Washington, DC
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About This Event

Flashband at Funk Parade! We're stoked to be officially part of Funk Parade this year. We'll be at a very cool venue on U Street--Saloon! It's a bit smaller than our usual spots, so we're capping it at 35 participants.

Play funk classics or make your own. But above all, keep it funky!


We are currently FULL.

The tally below shows how many slots are available at each instrument and will be updated daily as people sign up.  

Please make sure that you list your desired instrument in your musician profile.  If you have more than one instrument listed, please email graham@flashband.org with (a) which instrument you intend to play for this showcase, and (b) whether you are willing to play a different instrument in order to help get the right balance of musicians.

  • Drums: 7 of 7
  • Bass: 7 of 7
  • Vocals: 7 of 7
  • Guitar: 8 of 8
  • Keys/Horns/Other: 4 of 4


**All participants MUST attend both the Meet & Greet Jam and the ShowcaseIf you sign up and are not able to make it to the Meet & Greet Jam, you will be bumped to the waitlist. We believe this policy will improve the quality of everyone's experience and strengthen the community aspect of Flashband. Thanks for your understanding!**

**CANCELLATION POLICY: Full refund if you let the organizer know more than 48 hours in advance of the Meet & Greet Jam if you are unable to attend. Refunds will not be processed within 48 hours of the jam or after.


Q: Is this edition of Flashband strictly limited to funk music?
A: Well.. Let's not say strictly. If you've got some go-go or soul tunes that feel funky, that's all good. But overall, let's keep it funky. It's Funk Parade, y'all.

Q: Is this an official Funk Parade event?
A: Yup! We're very pumped to be partnering with the Funk Parade folks for this one. Learn more at funkparade.com

Q: Can my band play an original funk song I/we wrote?
A: Absolutely! Creativity and originals always encouraged.

Q: Can I wear my authentic Bootsy Collins getup I got on Ebay?
A: Awwwwww yeahhh, baaaaby. Bootsy!

Q: Is there funk after death?
A: Is seven up?

Q: Why the rules? Wouldn't it be better just to let us play whatever we want?
A: Ever been to a theme party, and some people just showed up in plain clothes? What a bummer! Themes fuel creativity and are a big part of what make Flashband a good time for the participants and exciting and marketable to audiences. Give it a shot and be creative, and we know you'll dig working within the theme.

Q: What's Flashband and how does it work?
A: Flashband connects musicians to form a one-time band and play a showcase of short high-energy sets one month later.
Here's how it works: You'll form a one-time band at a meet & greet jam, rehearse with your band, then play the show! Typically 40-45 hobbyist musicians participate, and have 4 weeks to prepare a 15-minute set for a Saturday night show. Here's why 2000+ DC area musicians love Flashband:

  • Meet & jam with local hobbyists like you (no sketchy craigslist)
  • Play a Saturday night gig at a sweet venue just by showing up
  • Skip worrying about show logistics, backline, and promo
  • Get professional photos of you rocking out on stage
  • Make new friends in the music scene
  • Enjoy a unique and unforgettable experience among your peers

Registered Bands (7)

* indicates band leader

Starship Funkalicious

I'll Take You There (Staple Singers), The Weekend (Sza / Calvin Harris), Make Me Feel (Janelle Monae? I Will Survive (Gloria Gaynor)

The Crates

Chameleon (Herbie Hancock); Fencewalk (Mandrill); Cosmic Slop (Funkadelic); If You Want Me To Stay (Sly and the Family Stone); Jungle Boogie (Kool and the Gang)

Congressional Dysfunktion

Electric Lady by Janelle Monae | Bye Bye Bye by Scary Pockets | Get Up (Sex Machine) by James Brown | Brick House by the Commodores

Double Boogie Start-Up

Booty-Shaking Music featuring: Boogie Oogie Oogie-A Taste of Honey; Boogie Shoes-KC & the Sunshine Band; September-Earth, Wind, & Fire; Get Up Offa That Thing-James Brown; I Want You Back-The Jackson 5;


Sur Duke - Stevie Wonder Tell me Something Good - Chakka Khan Juice - Lizza Dont Stop - Orgone

Game of Funk

Uptown Funk (Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars); Electric Avenue (Eddie Grant); Get Down On It (Kool & The Gang); Jungle Love (The Time); Love Rollercoaster (Ohio Players); Le Freak (CHIC); Play That Funky Music (Wild Cherry); Game of Thrones theme song funk version

Funk in the Trunk

-Life During Wartime - Talking Heads
-Seven Nation Army (Ben L'Oncle Soul) / Sweet Dreams (Eurythmics) - mashup
-It's Your Thing (The Isley Brothers) / Shake Your Thang (Salt-N-Pepa) / Da Butt (E.U.) - medley
-Come Together (The Meters)

Message Board

If you are signed up for this event, use the message board below to communicate with fellow musicians. This is a great place to find bands, ask questions and make suggestions!

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Ben Corbin
Apr 3, 2019 7:25 PM
The Whispers - And the Beat Goes On

Corey Parks
Mar 30, 2019 1:58 PM
My ideas included Uptown Funk, Can’t Stop by RHCP, Superstition by Stevie Wonder, and Play That Funky Music.

Cynthia Andrianjatovo
Mar 29, 2019 3:33 PM
JA *clap emoji* NELLE *clap emoji* MO *clap emoji* NAE *clap emoji*. Electric Lady (or Q.U.E.E.N) in particular.

Tom Bolgiano
Mar 28, 2019 8:53 PM
Congos and cowbell for that sweet dc gogo.

Tom Bolgiano
Mar 28, 2019 8:52 PM
Let me clear my throat.

Corey Parks
Mar 28, 2019 3:15 PM
I already have a few ideas myself.

Craig Green
Mar 27, 2019 3:46 PM
I want to do a real go-go set. Please, let there be a Congo player. Run Joe, Backyard cover of Hello(Adele), Black Alley- Teen Spirit.

Athena Kopsidas
Mar 26, 2019 9:47 PM
Janelle Monae, Erykah Badu, Meshell Ndegeocello, Chaka Khan, the list goes on!

Craig Green
Mar 26, 2019 5:14 PM
Question: Are you Getup-lican, or a Getdown-ocrat?

Sunjeev Bery
Mar 25, 2019 11:23 PM
Uh, yes. Ahem

Kimarie Croce-Modica
Mar 24, 2019 5:08 PM
Who else is ready to get FUNKED UP?????

Event Leader

Graham Robertson is leading this event. Have questions?
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