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Smithsonian Folklife Festival

2012 Festival Video - Special Events

Evening Concerts Preview: From Funk to Azerbaijani Mugham to Hungarian Roma Music to Fife and Drum to African American Folk Music of the Virginia Piedmont


The 2012 Folklife Festival features a very eclectic series of evening concerts. Curators Jim Deutsch and Mark Puryear provide aRead More

 

Smithsonian Folkways Latino Music Concerts


Dan Sheehy, director of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, talks about the special Latino music concert series featured at this year’s Festival.  SeeRead More

 

Sweet Heaven Kings: The Sounds of Sunday Morning


The Sweet Heaven Kings, an exhilarating brass ensemble, is made up of members of the United House of Prayer forRead More

 

Rising Star Fife & Drum Band


In founding the Rising Star Fife & Drum Band, Othar Turner revitalized a style of country blues music integral toRead More

 

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

 

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

 

The Musical Life of Chuck Brown


The 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival paid tribute to the late Chuck Brown, the “Godfather of Go-Go,” with a day ofRead More