From noon till dark on Saturday, Sept. 24, come through for the second annual NEXTfest at Malcolm X Park/Meridian Hill, celebrating DC’s jazz, funk and go-go music culture.
This is a celebration of our culture, as well as our music. Malcolm X Park is a DC landmark on sacred Nacotchtank and Piscataway land, and just a few blocks from the century-old heart center of DC’s music scene: U Street.
And on Sunday, Sept. 25, across the street from Malcolm X Park at the Josephine Butler Parks Center, we'll host a day of discovery about the history of DC music — with youth education classes, panel discussions, lectures and more.
Join us to celebrate our city's cultural heritage, spread love, and get in the groove.
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Do you want to be part of the team that makes this day of music and community possible? Come join the CapitalBop crew at NEXTfest!
A range of volunteer opportunities are available in shifts, both on the 24th and 25th. Volunteers will have all-day access to the staff hospitality area and get dope swag.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions, or just click the button below to...
Executive director, CapitalBop
NEXTfest director of operations
Executive director, Long Live GoGo
NEXTfest co-director and comms lead
Justin "Yaddiya" Johnson
NEXTfest artistic co-programmer
Founder, Long Live GoGo
NEXTfest artistic director
Dr. Jocelyn Imani
NEXTfest humanities director
NEXTfest parks lead
Exec. director, Wash. Parks & People
NEXTfest volunteer coordinator
Principal, Events by Fabienne
NEXTfest facilities coordinator
Program director, Wash. Parks & People
NEXTfest social media coordinator
NEXTfest designer + video producer
Creative media lead, CapitalBop
NEXTfest development assistant
Development associate, CapitalBop
NEXTfest senior project advisor
Founding board member, CapitalBop
Dr. Maurice Jackson
NEXTfest lead scholar
Associate Professor, Georgetown U
"Having buy-in from various organizations, both nonprofit and city-run, not only makes NextFest possible but speaks to its mission of bringing people together and claiming space for the Black musical heritage of D.C."
"The crowds were impressive and the music was spectacular."
Describing last year's inaugural festival
“This year’s NEXTfest production is even more ambitious, presenting a full day of free musical performances on Saturday and then a series of panel discussions, educational events, and cultural conversations the following day, all built around the D.C. statehood cause.”