“The power we bring as a unit is what compels us [Broccoli City] to create a space to celebrate, and provide programmatic resources and education through uplifting our supporters and extended community,” said Brandon McEachern, co-founder of Broccoli City Festival. “The community serves as the catalyst for all that we do, and we are thrilled to continue providing live entertainment experiences that mobilize millennials around issues plaguing our most vulnerable communities.”
I personally don’t think there’s anything better than seeing your hometown benefit from an increase in arts and culture. Case in point: D.C.’s own Broccoli City Festival (and event stemming from the urban community-based Broccoli City, which also now owns a stylish food-and-drink establishment to boot) is now seven years in the game, and has found itself moving from the smaller (yet-still-dope) Half Street Fairground to the larger space on St. Elizabeth’s campus, and watching their ascent to greatness and longevity is absolutely exciting.
For 2019, BCFest has moved once again to the massive FedEx Field, and — like their venue choices — the line-up of performers have raised the bar as well. The absolutely amazing Childish Gambino and Lil Wayne (who continued to showcase a seemingly infinite catalog of hits) were the headliners, joined by the likes of 6LACK, Gunny and Lil Baby, Ella Mai, WizKid and more — shout out to local stars like New Impressionz, (Phil) Adé and YBN Cordae getting their shine on stage as well. Added to that was the equally important BroccoliCon, great food, plenty of small business activity and other related activities (including a 5K run), making for an enjoyable week/end in the city.
Below, you can check out some snaps from the festival. We can only expect BCFest to get even bigger next year.