Entering its 8th year in the Washington DC area, FORWARD will take place between 5/13 - 17 throughout the DMV.

    Inspired by this year's theme, infinity - FORWARD will foster environments that push the boundaries of attendees, artists, concepts, notions, thoughts and ideas - taking us all beyond...to regions unexplored, traveled, imagined. Here's to a new paradigm, a new place, co-created for and by us all.


    5/12/15 : Preview Event - "Finding The Funk"

    • A film that explores the roots and evolution of Funk.
    • Featuring: Questlove, Bootsy Collins, George Clinton, D’Angelo, Mike D....
    • Venue: Bump 'n Grind ; 7pm
    • Tickets: Free

    5/13/15 : FORWARD 2015 Official Kick Off Party!

    • The Essence of FUNK - Past, Present and Future
    • A journey through Funk and Soul delivered at the Historic Howard Theater with acts from around the US.
    • Featuring: Jeremy JeremyEllisMusic ; Rare Essence ; Starship Connection / B. Bravo / Teeko Shimon
    • Venue: The Howard Theater ; Doors at 6pm
    • Tickets

    5/13/15 : Afterparty with Nu-Androids

    • Three great local acts flex their funk in the flash bar while the Nu-androids crew lay it down upstairs.
    • Featuring: Team Zapata ; Adrian Loving ; Aaron Sparks ; LCAW, Brothers Brau, The Lothario
    • Venue: Flash ; 12am
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    5/14/15 : The World Premiere of "THE GIFT"

    • The story of a mysterious Radio, and its journey through intersecting lives - shot in Berlin.
    • Featuring: AYBEE Live scoring the film
    • Upstairs Bar: Aphreaq , Rosemary Arp, Boss Ross
    • Venue: Goethe-Institut Washington ; Doors at 6pm
    • Tickets

    5/14/15 : Afterparty - Deep Exploration

    • A Live/DJ non-stop hybrid affair delving into the realms and possibilities of ambient, house and techno with 3 of the most prolific and cutting edge artists of their time.
    • Featuring: Spacetime Continuum aka Jonah Sharpe, Brendon Moeller and AYBEE
    • Venue: Tropicalia ; 9pm
    • Tickets

    5/15/15 : The World Premiere of Machine Dreams

    • An exploration of loops, layers and counterpoints with a hint of house music inspiread by Steve Reich and Terry Riley.
    • Featuring: Daniel Bell LIVE
    • Upstairs Bar: Solomon Sanchez ; Alex Gardel
    • Venue: Goethe-Institut Washington ; Doors 6pm
    • Tickets

    5/15/15 : Infinite Bass

    • Get ready to get comfy in the Oasis...Get ready to feel that low end rumble...Get ready for a 7 hour exploration of the infinite possibilities and power of the low end spectrum of sound.
    • Featuring: DJ MADD ; CELESTIAL TRAX ; Sinistarr ; Dark Tantrums ; Daniel ThePanch Moore ; Encryption ; Yola
    • Venue: The Oasis ; 10pm
    • Tickets

    5/16/15 : Infinite Vibes - DAY 1 of FORWARD on the National Mall

    • All day love affair featuring sunshine, live art and block party vibes.
    • Featuring: Daniel Bell, DJ MADD (Reggae Set), Farid Nouri, Jim Thomson
    • Venue: Constitution Gardens ; 12pm - Sunset
    • Tickets: Free

    5/16/15 : Forever Endless

    • FORWARD, The Grove and DC House Grooves are proud to present Forever Endless. We're going deep, we're going long, we're letting these artists take us to realms of HOUSE we and they haven't imagined. You ready? Maybe...maybe not. Only one way to find out...be there.
    • Featuring: Guillaume & the Coutu Dumonts ; Gene Hunt ; REsy, Adam Jay, Marko Peli B2B John John, Andy Grant and R&B
    • Venue: The Oasis ; 10pm
    • Tickets

    5/17/15 : Infinite Vibes - DAY 2 of FORWARD on the National Mall

    • All day love affair featuring sunshine, live art and block party vibes.
    • Featuring: Gene Hunt ; Lovegrove ; David and Special Guests
    • Venue: Constitution Gardens ; 12pm - Sunset
    • Tickets: Free

    5/17/15 : Meltdown

    • FORWARD's infamous Meltdown no-holds barred closing party.
    • Featuring some of our favorite party enhancers with some special guests
    • Venue: Tropicalia ; 9pm
    • Tickets: Free

FORWARD Festival is presented by 88, marketed by XCulture. © 2013, 88LLC.