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2011 Festival Blog - Rhythm & Blues

Fred Wesley and the New JBs


Fred Wesley, legendary jazz trombonist and former band leader for James Brown, brings the funk to the Motor City StageRead More

July 10, 2011   No Comments

Today’s Ten: Photos from 7/10


Second to last day of the Festival! Here’s a selection of images from our photographers. Click on images to enlargeRead More

July 10, 2011   No Comments

The Funk Brothers: Stop in the Name of Love


The Funk Brothers, a coalescence of talented studio musicians, backed over eighty #1 singles. From 1959 to 1972, the group supported theRead More

July 10, 2011   2 Comments

Festival Audio – The Monitors


This installment of Festival Audio features a live concert from veteran North Carolina R&B group The Monitors. To read moreRead More

July 10, 2011   1 Comment

Today’s Ten: Photos from 7/9


Sunshine and big crowds today. Here are some highlights from our photographers. Only two more days left to come checkRead More

July 9, 2011   1 Comment

Diz Russell of Sonny Til’s Orioles


Vocalist Albert “Diz” Russell of Sonny Til’s Orioles talks about Duke Ellington, the history of doo-wop, and the birth ofRead More

July 9, 2011   1 Comment

Today’s Ten: Photos from 7/8


Heavy rain started coming down on the National Mall at about 4:00 p.m., closing the Festival down for the day.Read More

July 8, 2011   3 Comments

Top Ten Images From Our Visitors, Day Seven


Here are the top ten photos posted on Flickr from day seven of the Festival. Keep uploading those gorgeous imagesRead More

July 8, 2011   No Comments

Top Ten Images From Our Visitors, Day Six


Here are the top ten photos posted on Flickr from day six of the Festival. Keep uploading those gorgeous imagesRead More

July 8, 2011   No Comments

Top Ten Images From Our Visitors, Day Five


Here are the top ten photos posted on Flickr from day five of the Festival. Keep uploading those gorgeous imagesRead More

July 8, 2011   No Comments