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The Loop Festival is a magical world where underground rappers and freaky beat manipulators meet in a park to promote environmental awareness, graffiti artists are encouraged to tag everything in sight, and presumably enlightened vendors show up to hawk their fantabulous wares. The hip-hop side of the lineup includes Detroit’s Danny Brown and Atlanta’s Donnis; meanwhile, Danish electro-soul act Quadron, off-kilter Stones Throw Records artists The Stepkids (Bridgeport, Conn.) and Jonti (Australia by way of South Africa), and beat bender Tokimonsta (Los Angeles) bring the chill. Somewhere in the middle of all this is Brooklyn indie-dance band The Kickdrums and New York City soul rockers The London Souls. But only one artist combines Loop’s split personalities, and he lives right here: D.C.’s Kokayi (pictured)—an MC, singer, songwriter, and entrepreneur of unusual range and skill—encompasses everything the ambitious fest aspires to represent.
The Loop Festival begins at 11 a.m. at the Yards Park, 3rd and Water Streets SE. $45.