ISSF 2019 Event LineupWe are excited to offer an incredible lineup of events for 2019!
Monday, June 17
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!
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
Tuesday, June 18
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.
Juneteenth Workshop with Presentation by Greg Adams
Greg Adams, Smithsonian Archivist, will presents “Crossing the Streams: Archives, Dance, and Community Engagement.”
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Cost: Donations accepted
Wednesday, June 19
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.
Time: 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Cost: Donations accepted
Thursday, June 20
That’s House Dance Workshops with Leesah Pitts & Frankie J
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.
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.
Cost: Donations accepted.
Dress code: No shorts. No backpacks. 21+
Friday, June 21
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
Cost: Suggested $5 donation.
On & On: A Hip Hop Continuum with Kev Brown & Buck Wild
Cost: $15 for competitors and partygoers. $5 for the jam only. All ages!
Saturday, June 22
Dance Workshops with OG Jaquency, Jazzy J and Jay Ulysses
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.
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!
Cost: $15 at the door. 18+.
**18-21 years old MUST purchase ticket in advance!
Advance sale tickets available for purchase here.
Sunday, June 23
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.
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.
Cost: $15 at the door. All ages!
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.
Cost/Age Requirement: No cover. No dress code. No backpacks. Bring ID. 21+