The DC Bike Ride Finish Festival
Miles off the radar of popular music during the early ‘80s, Trouble Funk energized their D.C. home with the sound of go-go music, an uproarious blend of swinging, up-tempo ‘70s funk and a ‘60s style horn section. Today, Trouble Funk continues to remain a figure on the Washington D.C. area live music scene and you can catch them doing their known tunes as well as some new.
9:30AM-10:45AM & 11:45AM-12:30PM
DJ Little Bacon Bear has become one of the DMV’s most coveted young DJs, known for being at the forefront of music, nightlife, and culture. Bacon Bear is ubiquitous in DC’s entertainment scene, has spun for brands like Essence and BET, while outside of hosting a radio show on local station WKYS.
About the Festival
When: Saturday, May 19 from 9:30am to 12:30pm
Where: 3rd Street SW, Washington, DC, between the U.S. Capitol Building and the National Mall
Cost: Free and open to the public! If you’re riding, invite your friends and family to celebrate with you.
Festival Activities: DC Bike Ride event organizers and presenting partners, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield and EventsDC, will bring a diverse and exciting array of family-friendly and interactive games, music and food trucks to the Finish Festival. The festival will be located on 3rd Street SW next to the U.S. Capitol, between the Capitol Reflecting Pool and the National Mall. The festival will also feature a free bike valet, a dedicated Kids Zone and a cooldown yoga session by Kind Healthy Snacks.
About the DC Bike Ride Finish Festival: The Finish Festival opens at 9:30am and provides free activities, fun, giveaways and entertainment for all ages. The festival will be headlined by Trouble Funk and include musical performances by DJ Little Bacon Bear. Thank you to our partners for supporting the inaugural DC Bike Ride!
Along the car-free route, DC Bike Ride will feature local funk and percussion performers to provide music and entertainment for ride participants, as well as reinforce the fact that for many, bicycling is the heartbeat of their city.
Damien Walker was born and raised in Washington, DC where he began his percussion journey. He’s currently the percussion coordinator at Morgan State University and a percussion teacher in Baltimore County. He’s a graduate of Bethune-Cookman University and earned his Bachelors of Arts in Music Technology. He’s been performing percussion for 15 years including performing in professional drumlines such as BCU Sudden Impact, the Baltimore Ravens Marching Band and as a member of D.O.P.E. –Definition of Percussion Entertainment. D.O.P.E. was created to provide entertainment, education & healing physically/mentally/ spiritually through the live nature of percussion, ultimately connecting the brand to any part of life with arts being a therapeutic resource. Damien has performed for many audiences over the years bringing high energy, precision, education and fun to every show!
The Experience Band began by performing funky feel good music on the streets of D.C. to anyone willing to listen. Now, they are playing in theatres, clubs, bars, venues, weddings, parades, formal events, etc. around the DMV area. The band performs a variety of original songs, popular and old school covers with The Experience’s unique sound. The Experience Band currently is the house band for Big Chief in Ivy City, D.C. and was featured in the Washingtonian’s June 2017 issue for “The Best Of Washington”. They have performed with artist like Wale, Carolyn Malachi and Raheem Devaughn. They were given the opportunity to perform at The Living Wage Rally, D.C.’s Funk Parade, The National Archive’s Fourth of July Parade, 2017’s Taste of D.C. at RFK Stadium, The Adam’s Morgan Porch Fest, The Warner Theatre, Blue’s Alley Stage and many other great events. They have also been guest performers at Fox5 News and featured in a 2017 Volkswagen Pink Beetle & the D.C’s 2017 Lottery Commercial. 2018 has been off to an amazing start for the band.