ISSF 2019 Event Lineup

We are excited to offer an incredible lineup of events for 2019!  

Monday, June 17

7:00 pm

Methods Breakin’ Workshops & Jam

Join Urban Artistry and Methods Breakin’ for International Soul Society Festival 2019 Breakin’ Workshops with Meen187 and Bboy Hannibal, followed by a jam session with DJ Mate Masie on the decks & Dante’ Pope on the drums! All genres of artists welcome!

**Space is limited to 35 students! Register online to reserve your place!**

Location: Urban Artistry Dance Academy, 11308 Grandview Ave, Suite 200, Silver Spring, MD 20902

Time: 7:00pm-12:00am

7:00pm – 8:30pm: Meen 187

8:30pm – 10:00pm: Brian “Hannibal” Newby, Founder of 360 Flava, Forever Fresh Funk

10:00pm – midnight: Jam Session with DJ Mate Masie and Grammy Nominated Percussionist/Vocalist, Dante’ Pope!  All Genres of Artists Welcome!

Cost: $20 per class or $30 for both. $5 Open Session 

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Tuesday, June 18

12:00 pm

Next Level Jam Session

Next Level is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Meridian International Center. Its mission is to use hip hop music, dance, and art to foster cross-cultural creative exchange in diverse communities. We work to promote understanding and conflict resolution in these audiences, and support the professional development of artists in those communities.

Next Level brings people together and encourages greater understanding through the universality of music as a form of creative self-expression. During the exchanges, teams of MCs, DJs, hip hop dancers, beatmakers, beatboxers, and graffiti artists conduct public concerts, interactive performances with local musicians, lecture demonstrations, workshops, and jam sessions with diverse audiences.

Location: Albert Einstein Memorial, 2101 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20418

Time: 12pm

Cost: Free!

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7:00 pm

Juneteenth Workshop with Presentation by Greg Adams

Greg Adams, Smithsonian Archivist, will presents “Crossing the Streams: Archives, Dance, and Community Engagement.”

Location: Urban Artistry Dance Academy, 11308 Grandview Ave, Suite 200, Silver Spring, MD 20902

Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Cost: Donations accepted

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Wednesday, June 19

8:00 pm

Juneteenth Workshop with Ty Bunky: Percussive Instrument Workshop

Tyrone “Ty Bunky” Woods presents a Percussive Instrument Workshop. There will be instruments provided to share.  Context on the history of the drum will also be shared.

Location: Urban Artistry Dance Academy, 11308 Grandview Ave, Suite 200, Silver Spring, MD 20902

Time: 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Cost: Donations accepted

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Thursday, June 20

7:00 pm

That’s House Dance Workshops with Leesah Pitts & Frankie J

**Space is limited to 35 students! Register online to reserve your place!**

Location: Urban Artistry Dance Academy, 11308 Grandview Ave, Suite 200, Silver Spring, MD 20902

Time: 7:00pm-10:00pm

7:00pm – 8:30pm: Leesah Pitts. A house dance culture and movement workshop focused on early house club and dance culture in New York City and floor work.

8:30pm – 10:00pm: Frankie JPlague (Indahouse London). This workshop will offer a unique perspective of house dance culture development from battle culture in the UK and how the dance developed from its roots in UK jazz dance.

Cost: $25 each. $40 for both workshops.

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9:00 pm

The Nexus DJ Showcase

Hosted by DJ Mate Masie and Urban Artistry, Inc, local DJs/turntablists represent many genres of party music to include Hip Hop, House, Funk, Rare tracks, all sounds that represent urban dance culture.

DJ Lineup:
9:00 – 10:00 Kenny M
10:00 -11:00 Karim The DJ
11:00 -12:00 Geena Marie
12:00 -1:00 Jah Sonic
1:00 – 2:00 Nativesun

Location: Eighteenth Street Lounge, Jazz Room, 1212 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

Time: 9pm-2am

Cost: Donations accepted.

Dress code: No shorts. No backpacks.  21+

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Friday, June 21

5:00 pm

Hip Hop Parallels & Paradoxes: Community Town Hall

Presented by Urban Artistry’s Mainline Hip Hop from a global and holistic perspective, a panel of local and international artists will discuss representation, aesthetics and diverse celebrations within urban dance culture. All are invited to attend and participate.  Honored guests and judges for the On & On Battle will be participating, Jay Ulysses, OG Jaquency and E Solo.

Hosts: Rizqi Rachmat, Johnte Cunningham, Avery Matthews, Junious Brickhouse

Location: Shopkeepers, 1231 Florida Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002

Time: 5:00pm-8:00pm

Cost: Suggested $5 donation.

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8:00 pm

On & On: A Hip Hop Continuum with Kev Brown & Buck Wild

This is a 1 v 1 Hip Hop dance competition, followed by Hip Hop jam ft. local hip hop guru Kev Brown, Bronx-born producer Buck Wild, live MCs and dance showcase. $500 cash prize!

Location: Shopkeepers, 1231 Florida Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002

Time: 8:00pm-12am

Jay Ulysses
E Solo
OG Jaquency


*DJ Mate Masie
*Kev Brown

Cost: $15 for competitors and partygoers.  $5 for the jam only.  All ages!

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Saturday, June 22

2:00 pm

Dance Workshops with OG Jaquency, Jazzy J and Jay Ulysses

**Space is limited to 35 people.  Register now to save your space in the workshop!**

Location: Urban Artistry Dance Academy, 11308 Grandview Ave, Suite 200, Silver Spring, MD 20902

Time: 2:00pm – 7:30pm

2:00pm – 4:00pm Gangsta Walkin’ with OG Jaquency.

4:00pm – 6:00pm Hip Hop Dance with Jay Ulysses

6:00pm – 7:30pm Book of Styles Boogaloo/Popping workshop with Jazzy J

2-hour workshops cost $35 each
1.5-hour workshop costs $25.
$50 for 2 workshops.
$75 for 3 workshops.

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10:30 pm

The Abyss: A House Dance Experience

The ABYSS, presented by Assassins DC and Urban Artistry, Inc., honors the most essential elements of house dance culture: the human spirit and cypher participation. Qualifiers in Copenhagen and Portland will bring international artists to DC to test their skill sets in the hour-long ABYSS Final Cypher. Competitors determine the winner!

Location: U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St, NW, Washington, DC

Time: 10:30pm-3am

* DJ Sam the Man Burns
* DJ Underdog
* DJ Oji
*Live vocalist: Tamara Wellons

Cost: $15 at the door. 18+.
**18-21 years old MUST purchase ticket in advance!
Advance sale tickets available for purchase here.

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Sunday, June 23

1:00 pm

DJ Workshop with The Beat Refinery

We are excited to host our first-ever introductory-level DJ workshop by our in-house DJs and The Beat Refinery, a local DJ school.

Location: The Beat Refinery at Bach to Rock, 4819 St Elmo Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814

Time: 1:00pm-2:30pm

Cost: $10.00

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2:00 pm

Book of Styles Boogaloo/Popping Battle

Urban Artistry and Funk in Focus are proud to present the 8th edition of The “Book of Styles Boogaloo/Popping Cypher Battle.”  As a competitor you should be ready to adapt your style to incorporate whatever the “Book of Styles” throws out during the battle.

Location: Ten Tigers, 3813 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20011

Time: 2:00pm-8:00pm

Cost: $15 at the door. All ages!

*DJ Mate Masie
*DJ Baronhawk

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10:00 pm

ISSF Closing Party: The Underground Soul Solution with Sam “The Man” Burns

Referred to by some as “Church,” The Underground Soul Solution party was created in March 1991 because Sam “The Man” Burns was disgusted with the club scene in Washington, DC.  He felt that most nightclubs were very superficial: dress code, ladies’ nights, commercial radio music, fights and bogus promoters.  He felt these nightspots lacked vision and responsibility for making their parties different and special from the other parties.

So, instead of complaining, he became independent and threw his own parties. He invited and challenged
people from all walks of life — Young, Old, Gay, Straight, Black, White, Hispanic, Asian etc. — to dance their troubles away through music.  The Underground Soul Solution is “Each and EVERY SUNDAY NIGHT” for everyone to “Come Together and Dance YOUR Troubles Away!!!” Mr. Burns has been spinning records in Nightclubs since November 20th, 1978.

Location: Eighteenth Street Lounge, Gold Room, 1212 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

Time: 10pm-2am

Cost/Age Requirement: No cover. No dress code. No backpacks.  Bring ID. 21+

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