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Smithsonian Folklife Festival

2011 Festival Video - Rhythm & Blues

2011 Festival Introduction


Introduction to the 2011 Smithsonian Folklife Festival and overview of Festival history.

 

Rhythm and Blues Program Introduction


This video features Mark Puryear, curator of the 2011 Folklife Festival program Rhythm and Blues: Tell It Like It Is.Read More

 

Fred Wesley, pt. 1: Playing Music during the Civil Rights Era


 Legendary trombone player Fred Wesley talks about playing music during the era of the civil rights movement. Fred Wesley andRead More

 

Fred Wesley, pt. 2: Becoming a Musician


Legendary trombone player Fred Wesley talks about his beginnings as a musician. Fred Wesley and The New JBs perform everyRead More

 

Fred Wesley, pt. 3: Working with James Brown


Legendary trombone player Fred Wesley talks about his work with James Brown. Fred Wesley and The New JBs perform everyRead More

 

Fred Wesley, pt. 4: Jamming with his Heroes


Fred Wesley and The New JBs perform every day from July 7 through July 11, with a special evening concertRead More

 

Fred Wesley, pt. 5: Defining R&B and Funk


Fred Wesley and The New JBs perform every day from July 7 through July 11, with a special evening concertRead More

 

R&B Singer Shirley Jones


From the R&B program “Session Stage,” Shirley Jones shares stories from her illustrious career, describing how she and her sistersRead More

 

Soul Train Dancer Tyrone Proctor


On June 30, opening night of the Festival, former Soul Train dancer Tyrone Proctor shared stories about his first daysRead More

 

Highlights from the Festival’s Opening Ceremony


Highlights from the opening ceremony for the 2011 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Video edited by Michael Headley.