Broccoli City Festival V

 Solange at Broccoli City Festival V via MichelleSasha.com

Solange at Broccoli City Festival V via MichelleSasha.com

Broccoli City Festival V

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originally posted on CultureFeed.co June 2017

The Broccoli City FestivalV returned for its fifth installment bigger and better than ever. With a massive set of performers and headlining acts to interactive photo booths, retail and food options galore, this year was even more epic as the music festival was preceded by a host of events spanning 4 days.

Starting off with the BC 5K Run, the organizers made good on their vision of making healthy cool. The BC All-Night Art & Music Pop Up held in Ivy City featured the trending favorite Trap Karaoke and a vinyl-lovers dream party by the name of Diggin' Through Crates with DJ Alizay on the ones and twos. Guests could rap their hearts out in one setting or literally dig through crates of records and request their favorite song while reminiscing at tables full of hip-hop memorabilia.

 

 Wattstax Presentation at the NMAAHC 

Wattstax Presentation at the NMAAHC 

 Vendors galore at Broccoli City V

Vendors galore at Broccoli City V

There was also a screening of "Wattstax", a 1970s documentary of the benefit concert commemorating the seventh anniversary of the 1965 Watts Riots featuring acts like The Staples Singers and Issac Hayes and narrated by Richard Pryor. Guests were invited to the National Museum of African American History's Oprah Winfrey Theater after hours for the screening and panel discussion. This is all in line with the notion that music can help to heal after turbulent times.

 

With an improved layout and two main stages, the festival itself did not disappoint despite what the weather had planned. From interactive photo installations, street art, jewelry and clothing vendors, food trucks and cocktail bars, this year's festival definitely graduated from its more humble beginnings 5 years ago. With a stacked line-up included female MC Rapsody, home town lyricist Chaz French, and Nick Grant. Festival goers burned calories as they needed to navigate between Broccoli Stage and City Stage to ensure they saw artists like Smino, RejjieSnow, Sir the Baptist, Nao, One Love Massive, AlunaGeorge, and Kevin Abstract. Highlights included 21 Savage tearing down the main stage and Lil Yachty getting mad love from the turned up crowd at City Stage.

 

On a cold a mostly drizzle-filled day, it seemed as if the clouds departed as the blood moon rose over Broccoli Stage as headliner Solange began her set. With a mix of old and new music, the Seat At The Table superstar had the crowd in the palm of her hands. Easily the biggest attraction of the evening, Solange dazzled in with intricate choreography and even more impressive vocals.

 

When Rae Sremmurd started their set, the trendsetters and go-getters gave the crowd all the energy they needed to finish the night strong. The youthful duo have really come into their own in regards to their stage show and presence. It seemed like everyone, festival goers and artists alike, had an incredible experience.

 

 Broccoli City V Diggin Through the Crates via MichelleSasha

Broccoli City V Diggin Through the Crates via MichelleSasha

 Mud pits didn’t stop the music at Broccoli City V

Mud pits didn’t stop the music at Broccoli City V

Be sure to be on the look out for the next Broccoli City Festival as well as other events from the collective like The Smile Project Carnival and Concert spanning June 1st-4th held at RFK Stadium. For tickets or more information, go to www.SmileProjectCarnival.com.

If you want to relive your 2017 Broccoli City Festival experience, don't fret. Head to the Broccoli City Instagram page for more photos (Instagram.com/broccolicity) and also be sure check out the full show which was streamed live on TIDAL and is now available for playback.

 Vendor at Broccoli City V

Vendor at Broccoli City V