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2012 Festival Blog

Marquetta Bell-Johnson: The Yo-Yo Queen


Known as the “Yo-Yo Queen” for her use of fabric medallions (yo-yos) to decorate quilts, Marquetta Bell-Johnson translates her skillsRead More

August 7, 2012   No Comments

Meshell Ndegeocello at the 2012 Folklife Festival


Funk, soul, R&B, and jazz are some of the many influences on multi-instrumentalist Meshell Ndegeocello’s complex musical style. Here, sheRead More

August 3, 2012   No Comments

Dumpstaphunk at the 2012 Folklife Festival


The New Orleans-based funk band Dumpstaphunk performs “Do Ya” from their album Everybody Want Sum on the National Mall. TheRead More

August 2, 2012   No Comments

George Clinton: Give Up the Funk


Legendary funk artist George Clinton has influenced countless musicians and musical genres ranging from hip-hop to rock. Here, the NationalRead More

August 1, 2012   No Comments

Nu Flava Ink


Husband and wife Charles “Coco” Bayron and Yvonne Bayron share stories about their tattoo shop Nu Flava Ink, located inRead More

July 30, 2012   5 Comments

Mankind’s Oldest Biotechnology: Charlie Bamforth on Beer


Charlie Bamforth, department chair of Food, Science, and Technology at the University of California, Davis, discusses the merits of beerRead More

July 30, 2012   No Comments

To Old Friends in New Places!


Today, the Center bids farewell and congratulations to two great colleagues: Stephen Kidd, Festival director, and Eileen Wayner, assistant toRead More

July 27, 2012   No Comments

The Top-Notch Team of the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival


The last of the equipment has been moved off the National Mall, and as we prepare to turn the pageRead More

July 27, 2012   2 Comments

University of Florida at the 2012 Festival


The Everglades are living laboratories for University of Florida wildlife researchers looking for solutions to water challenges. At the 2012Read More

July 27, 2012   No Comments

The Guernsey Brothers: Turkey in the Straw


The Guernsey Brothers, a bluegrass duo, performed at the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival to supplement the University of Indiana’s exhibitRead More

July 24, 2012   3 Comments