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Sizzling temperatures in the greater Washington area continue to add the perfect touch for outdoor activities that throughout the summer have featured a plethora of talented singers and musicians along with local delicacies fit for your favorite king or queen.

Thus, it should come as no surprise that yet another entertainment-focused company located here in the DMV, DC Nitelife (DCN), will be hosting an all-day festival this weekend featuring performers from several musical genres along with the option to gobble up some of the region’s delicious, mouth-watering crabs.

The Soul Funk Jazz Summer Festival & Crab Feast will be held Saturday, Aug. 26 at the Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington with nonstop entertainment taking to the stage from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Co-hosts for the festival, comedian Timmy Hall and TV and radio celebrity Cortney Hicks, will keep the party going along with a stellar lineup of local favorites, old school legends and those hoping to one day make it big.

The lineup includes: P-Funk Connection featuring Kid Funkadelic and Mike Hampton; The Raydio Show; Columbus, Ohio-born and D.C. transplant and jazz keyboardist Marcus Johnson, a graduate of Howard and Georgetown who fuses rap and R&B rhythms with his music; Be’la Dona, the high-energy all-female band formed in D.C. whose musical skills and showmanship have resulted in their receiving multiple nominations for Best Go-Go Duo or Group; the legendary all-female band Klymaxx, best known for “I Miss You,” “The Men All Pause” and “Meeting in the Ladies Room” and the only female self-contained R&B/pop band to achieve platinum status; The Original Lakeside, a band whose members also sang, wrote and produced many of their hits like “It’s All the Way Live” and “Fantastic Voyage,” often dressing like pirates, 1920s police officers, cowboys and even Arabian Knights; and Chico DeBarge, a younger brother of Motown’s family act, DeBarge, whose distinctive voice and onstage persona have long been the keys to his success.

DCN, a credible source for up-to-date entertainment in the DMV, also highlights some of the area’s notable musical artists, charitable, fashion and sports events in the area and across the U.S. with an online digital media magazine that garners in excess of 310,000 hits per month.

A portion of the festival’s proceeds will assist “Concert for Causes,” a nonprofit that utilizes major symphony orchestras and organizes groundbreaking events for children in need and “The Wounded Warrior Project,” another nonprofit dedicated to honoring and empowering injured warriors, caregivers and family members.

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Dominic Kevin McNeir is an award-winning journalist with more than 25 years of service for the Black Press (NNPA). Prior to moving East to assist his aging parents in their struggles with Alzheimer’s,...

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