Brandon Skall and Jeff Hancock, the founders of DC Brau Brewing Company, have a reputation that transcends the art of microbrew and hops. As a special event aligning the Inauguration and MLK, Jr. holiday weekend, Skall and Hancock partnered with Fort Knox Five Recordings for the Funk 4 Peace Ball, at UHall.
Jurassic 5 alumnus, DJ Nu-Mark marquees a lineup that features Fort Knox Five, Nappy Riddem, and Empresarios. It all happens this Sunday, January 20. And we’re giving away a pair of tickets to the show plus some vinyl.
Revered as one of the key figures in the late-’90s DJ explosion, DJ Nu-Mark is part of a pantheon of golden-age hip-hop DJs. Straddling between the avenues of indie and mainstream, Nu-Mark is on tour promoting Broken Sunlight, released in December 2012. In a July 2011 interview with The Vinyl District, Nu-Mark, talks about his roots as a DJ hobbyist in his teens. Now he’s been associated with such acts as Dave Matthews; he also appeared in the critically acclaimed documentary Scratch.
Sid Barcelona, Jon Horvath, Rob Myers, and Steve Raskin are the grand architects of Fort Knox Five (FK5). Established in 2003, FK5 has taken the sounds of legends Tito Puente, Louis Armstrong, and Bob Marley and remixed them in to the world of breakbeats other subgenres of electronica.
Other artists on the Fort Knox Recordings label, All Good Funk Alliance, Nappy Riddem, and Empresarios will appear Sunday night. Among all the buzz words, such as Jacks of All Trades, One World Sovereignty, and Bestia, it’s going to be another fun Fort Knox Five party at UHall. Another supporting act, QDup Foundation, is scheduled to appear. QDup is gearing up for a Spring 2013 release that will feature vocals by Flex Mathews, one of Washington DC’s rising MCs.
How does DC Brau fit into this? Well, along with the Fort Knox Five roster, the Brothers Brau will DJ at the event, too. They’re part of the package that includes a drink special that is sure to smite the tastebuds of local hops aficionados.
The Funk 4 Peace Ball will run from 10:00 pm until 4:00 am and is for those 18 and over only. Tickets are $10. Falling on a “double holiday,” this is a special event you don’t want to miss. Be it music, microbrews, or politics, history is continuously made here in DC. Embrace the soundtrack to this historical event.
We’re giving away two tickets for Funk 4 Peace as well as a double gatefold Radio Free DC LP. For a chance to win, tell us your favorite FK5 remix. Mine is “One of These Days,” Kraak en Smaak. The winner will be chosen at noon on Thursday, January 17.