Nine bands.
Two outdoor stages.
Games, workshops and more.
100% free and 100% DMV.

From noon till dark on Saturday, Sept. 25, come through for the first 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. Cultural programming will take place all afternoon, across the street from Malcolm X Park, at the Josephine Butler Parks Center. This includes a video game truck provided by Moechella, and a series of artist Q&As and family-friendly events.


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 from 11am to midnight, indoors and outdoors. 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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Giovanni Russonello

NEXTfest co-director and comms lead

Co-founder, CapitalBop

Luke Stewart

NEXTfest artistic director

Co-founder, CapitalBop

Jamie Sandel

NEXTfest co-director and operations lead

Managing Director, CapitalBop

Kelsye Adams

NEXTfest community & vendor lead

Executive director, Long Live GoGo

Gloria Nauden

NEXTfest senior project advisor

Founding board member, CapitalBop

Dr. Jocelyn Imani

NEXTfest humanities director

Ashleigh Mitchell

NEXTfest humanities coordinator

Program director, Wash. Parks & People

Steve Coleman

NEXTfest parks advisor

Exec. Director, Wash. Parks & People

Justin "Yaddiya" Johnson

NEXTfest artistic partner

Founder, Long Live GoGo

Sia Barnes

NEXTfest social media coordinator

Curator, Woke Flow

Latesha Smith

NEXTfest volunteer coordinator

Principal, Events by Fabienne

Dr. Maurice Jackson

NEXTfest Lead Historian

Associate Professor, Georgetown U

Sadie Gronigan

NEXTfest development coordinator

Development assistant, CapitalBop

Brenda Harrison

NEXTfest permitting coordinator

Principal, The BBH Group



NEXTfest is brought to you by:
Kimberly & Rob Humphries
Gary E. Mason
Jon Hart
Want to become a founding supporter of NEXTfest?
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For all general inquiries, contact CapitalBop's managing director Jamie Sandel.

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

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