July 2017 - Ballroom

Dance Concert | Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band

Saturday, July 22, 9:00 pm - midnight

Presenter: Glen Echo Park Partnership

Recommended Ages: All ages welcome

Location: Spanish Ballroom

Admission: Door: $20 general / $15 students and Glen Echo Park Partnership members

Contact Email: reitan@glenechopark.org






The Glen Echo Park Partnership presents Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band in the historic Spanish Ballroom. This band is irresistably danceable and you'll have plenty of room to shake it on our beautiful hardwood dance floor (110 feet by 70 feet). Dancing to live music runs from 9 pm - midnight. Doors open at 8:30 pm.


Chopteeth is a 12-piece Afrofunk orchestra exploring the common groove between the funkiest, most hip-shakin’ West African and American popular music on the planet. The core of the Chopteeth sound is Afrobeat: a big-band funk invented by Fela Kuti in 1970’s Nigeria. Afrobeat is a spicy stew of modern jazz, Yoruba tribal music and burning, James Brown-inspired rhythms. Chopteeth’s sets feature original compositions along with updates of African dance classics. Band members serve up lyrics in a total of seven different languages.


Chopteeth has performed on shows with a wide range of critically acclaimed world music, soul and jazz-funk groups, including Parliament Funkadelic, Trombone Shorty, Galactic, Aaron Neville, Cyril Neville, Derek Trucks Band, Ozomatli, Grupo Fantasma, Konono No. 1, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, Gov't Mule, Soulive, Greyboy Allstars, The Iguanas, War, Chuck Brown and many more.



"A storming powerhouse of big-band African funk, Chopteeth is smart, tight and relentlessly driving: a definite don't-miss."  —The Washington Post


"Afrofunk with lunatic energy."  —National Public Radio


"Thunderous and potent. Chopteeth's debut CD takes the band from upbeat Swahili lyrics over a South African pulse one second, to spaghetti Western-inspired instrumentals the next.”  —Billboard


"A sonic explosion happening onstage, Chopteeth will magnetize you with their exotic offerings. There are no limitations to what the band can do musically."  —D.C. Music Download


For a calendar view of all the July dances, visit the July "Month-at-a-Glance Calendar."