A gloomy day in the Nation’s Capitol didn’t stop everyone from packing out the Gateway DC Pavilion for the 4th annual Broccoli City Festival. From the beginning the vibes were on point and you could feel the love in the air. From running into people you knew from high school to crossing paths with some of the most fashionable strangers you’ve ever seen it was an assorted balance. The diversity in style was very noticeable yet refreshing amongst attendees who all came to turn up with some of the hottest artists out today.
Festival goers were treated to an array of food choices from food trucks and health conscious vendors alike. Local brands were also represented in various vendors from vintage clothing all the way to henna style tattooing. As you combed through the many pockets of people drinking and dancing you could easily find yourself crossing paths with some of DCs notable acts like Goldlink and Chaz French, or even catch DC veteran rapper Tabi Bonney cranking as he watched GoGo band Rare Essence on the “One Love Massive” stage run through their hits including their latest cover of OT Genasis’ Cut It. Radio personality Sway was in attendance as well as Elliot Wilson to name a few who made the trip down south to turn up.
BJ The Chicago Kid kicked things off right at the main stage serenading the ladies in the crowd as he performed songs off of his latest album In My Mind. Anderson.Paak and The Free Nationals would bring up the energy another level as they rocked out their whole set even getting a hand from Anderson.Paak as he would flex his percussion skills and hop behind the drums for a moment. The Internet would mellow things back out as the grammy nominated band took stage and performed songs off of their latest project Ego Death. As the bang effortlessly played Syd would interact with the crowd while singing songs like Just Sayin’ and Girl. As the day would wind down the crowd would later become engulfed in the blaring music from Soulection DJs Lakim and Sango who even brought out singer SPZRKT as an surprise act. As the sun was starting to set Jhene Aiko’s soft melodic tunes would take over the speakers and relax the crowd just as rain would start to fall. The LA songstress even graced the crowd with a short Prince tribute as the band lightly covered Diamonds and Pearls. As rain continued to fall Atlanta rapper Future would come out guns blazing covering the ever growing wide range of hits including fan favorites Thought It Was A Drought and March Madness to close out the night.
Broccoli City Festival was a huge success and an all around great time! With the continued success and rapidly growing popularity you have to take a step back and realize something, this music festival was cultivated for one main objective, to promote health & wellness throughout all of our communities and within ourselves. Healthier food and products are a must for most of us, sadly at times these things aren’t accessible or brought to the attention of people, but Broccoli City was able to intertwine the music of todays biggest artists, along with some of these great products. By getting the people to come and check out Future they’ll in turn be exposed to healthier ways of living thus taking that newly obtained knowledge with them at the end of the night and hopefully passing it along to others which could eventually effect the masses in a positive way, and to think that this all started with a t-shirt. Just goes to show you if you strongly believe in something and if you put the work it can come into fruition.