VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Year after year, thousands gather at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront for the last weekend of August to party the night away at the iconic “FunkFest Beach Party.”
However, due to the pandemic, the party is moving online. It is also moving to a different date.
Organizers announced that the event has been postponed until Saturday, Sept. 26 and Sunday, Sept. 27 as a result of “unavoidable technical circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
“I think it’s the most exciting festival of the year. We call it the Virginia Beach FunkFest Beach Party. People come with their lawn chairs, see old friends, and listen to old school funk all night long,” said Ike Owens, one of the founding organizers of Funk Fest.
This year, the 11th Annual Virginia Beach FunkFest Beach Party, presented by Chartway Federal Credit Union, will consist of two shows. Saturday’s show features E.U. (Experience Unlimited) and Rose Royce and Sunday’s show features Bar-Kays and The Dazz Band.
Despite the change in location and dates, organizers believe attendees will still be thoroughly entertained. They also hope each show will provide viewers with a much-needed mental break from everything happening in the world right now.
“We knew we couldn’t cancel the show. After speaking with our other sponsors, we all agreed on how important this event is to our community. So we made a way,” said Owens.
There are several ways to watch the concerts:
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