1:15 p.m.: Soul in Motion Players was founded in 1984 by percussionist Michael Friend. 2019 will commemorate Soul In Motion’s 35th anniversary in the arts. For over three decades the ensemble has been committed to sharing the richness of the African-American culture through dance and drum, to culturally diverse audiences. Soul In Motion is honored to be a featured performer on many annual events including Dance Africa DC, Washington Folk Festival, St. Mary’s Juneteenth Celebration, the Wolf Trap Children’s Theater, Taste of Bethesda, Joe’s Movement Emporium Black History Month, and the Smithsonian’s Discovery Theater. Black Rock Center for the Arts in Germantown, MD, has proudly instituted Soul In Motion as a Consortium Partner as of 2018. Black Rock will collaborate with Soul In Motion to host the ensemble’s 35th Anniversary Gala Concert on April 20, 2019 featuring Kankouran, An Ka Fo, Abasi Johnson, and Michael Friend’s DNA Reveal presented by Gina Paige of African Ancestry. Soul In Motion is currently led by the leadership of Pam Lassiter (Associate Director), Malari Moore (Music Director), and Keith Stephens (Technical Director). soulinmotionplayers.org
2 p.m.: The “7” Step Hand Dance Academy was founded by the late Edward Sloan in 2000. The Academy is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit Educational Institution. The purpose of the Academy is to teach, promote and preserve the African-American art form of D.C. Hand Dancing; and to establish programs, that provide a structured learning environment for adult and youth students. In addition, our programs perpetuate the development of positive social skills, self-confidence, tolerance, and self-discipline. 7stephanddanceacademy.com
4 p.m.: Original Poetry, Wakefield High School Students Takier George and Robin Stevens
4:10 p.m.: Skateboard Demonstration by The DC Wheels
5 p.m.: Faycez U Know is an American Soul and Funk band from the Washington, DC Metropolitan (DMV) area with the drive of the DC “Go-Go” swing. They have the showman ship vastly compared to the likes of the Rolling Stones, and the versatility of a Parliament Party…
The group is blessed with musicians who are determined to provide the entertainment of the old school showstoppers while carrying the modern sound of music. The groups quintessential soul singer (Halima Peru) hails from Miami, Florida and so does her raw sound, sun kissed voice and the feet that are sure to roam the stage and crowd. The sultry voiced male singer (Keenen (KO) Ivor) delivers satisfaction faster than a speeding bullet. That grand sound of the bass guitar comes from no other than founding member Kenneth “Doc” Hughes. Anthony “Tom Tom” Talley & Dennis Garland JR adds that powerful keyboard fire and creativity to the stage while Dave Gussume adds that amazing rhythm and lead guitar to give the music that smooth silky sound. The phenomenal percussion section is led by William (Keemy) Slade on drums, Craig “Clip” Clipper.
On a quest to constantly bring you a sound to make you move to the music, it’s no wonder they are growing so swiftly in popularity. Their presentation is just what the doctor ordered to sooth and lift your spirits. After all, music is medicine for the soul and they intend to medicate properly. The Faycez-U-Know music group has performed with and backed many local and national recording artist such as rappers Beanie Seagul and Method Man, R&B artist Carl Thomas, Fantasia, Chuck Brown, Raheem Devaughn, Jaguare Wright and Marsha Ambrosius just to name a few. This is definitely an experience to witness live because if you blink you will miss something. https://faycezuknowband.com/
Toni Maloney-Miles aka Justine Love, former Director of Community and Public Affairs for CBS Radio Washington DC and President of “Just Ask Justine” Media Relations, will serve as the Mistress of Ceremonies.