Celebrating DC culture—

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—past, present + future.

Celebrating DC culture...

SEPTEMBER 24 + 25
MALCOLM X PARK

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ABOUT

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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SCHEDULE

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PROGRAMMING

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VOLUNTEER

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...

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OUR TEAM

Jeanette Berry

NEXTfest co-director

Executive director, CapitalBop

Kelsye Adams

NEXTfest director of operations

Executive director, Long Live GoGo

Giovanni Russonello

NEXTfest co-director and comms lead

Co-founder, CapitalBop

Justin "Yaddiya" Johnson

NEXTfest artistic co-programmer

Founder, Long Live GoGo

Luke Stewart

NEXTfest artistic director

Co-founder, CapitalBop

Dr. Jocelyn Imani

NEXTfest humanities director

Steve Coleman

NEXTfest parks lead

Exec. director, Wash. Parks & People

Latesha Smith

NEXTfest volunteer coordinator

Principal, Events by Fabienne

Ashleigh Mitchell

NEXTfest facilities coordinator

Program director, Wash. Parks & People

Kaila Philo

NEXTfest social media coordinator

Jamie Sandel

NEXTfest designer + video producer

Creative media lead, CapitalBop

Sadie Gronigan

NEXTfest development assistant

Development associate, CapitalBop

Gloria Nauden

NEXTfest senior project advisor

Founding board member, CapitalBop

Dr. Maurice Jackson

NEXTfest lead scholar

Associate Professor, Georgetown U

 

SUPPORTERS

NEXTfest is brought to you by:
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PRESS

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"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."

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"The crowds were impressive and the music was spectacular."

Describing last year's inaugural festival

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“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.”

 

CONTACT

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For all general inquiries, contact CapitalBop's executive director Jeanette Berry.

For press, contact CapitalBop's co-founder and president Giovanni Russonello.