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Call it Woodstock for bohemian hiphop heads, or an all-night art party for people who know how to get their groove on, or, as its promoters do, “a movement…crossing all barriers of race, culture, and musical taste.” However you describe it, the FunkJazz Kafe has reached cult status in Atlanta, where it originated five years ago. The specific happenings change each time, but devotees say it’s the vibe of the whole thing, rather than who’s singing on the main stage, that keeps them coming back. A typical event features a live band, a DJ, a fashion show, visual artists painting on site, performance poets, and dance performances ranging from breakdance to Brazilian belly dancing. This summer, the Kafe has gone national with a tour that takes it to D.C., Detroit, and New York. Guest musicians appearing on the tour’s main stage tonight include former Arrested Development songstress Dionne Farris (pictured performing at the tour’s kickoff event in Atlanta), Dirty South rappers the Goodie Mob, and old-school hiphopper Doug E. Fresh, all of whom will be backed by funky acid-jazzsters the Chronicle & DJ Kemit. Bring canned goods for Food & Friends and your admission price will drop five bones. At 9 p.m. Sunday, July 25, at Nation, 1015 Half St. SE. $15 and a nonperishable food item (benefits Food & Friends) or $20. (202) 554-1500. (Holly Bass)