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2012 Festival Blog - Special Events

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

December 3, 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

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

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

July 17, 2012   1 Comment

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

July 16, 2012   1 Comment

Photos From Our Festival Visitors: Flickr Gallery #9


Today we bring you our 9th fabulous Flickr Gallery of the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Check it out! This isRead More

July 8, 2012   No Comments

Festival Photo Daily Dozen: July 7, 2012


The mercury reached 105 degrees today; and still, we witnessed some awesome feats at the Festival. A cadre of tirelessRead More

July 7, 2012   No Comments

Photos From Our Festival Visitors: Flickr Gallery #8


Today we bring you our 8th fabulous Flickr gallery of the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Take a look! We’ve gotRead More

July 7, 2012   No Comments

Honoring Worth Long


“My role as an organizer—community and cultural—is basically to give people an option. Powerlessness is basically having no option.” —Read More

July 6, 2012   2 Comments

Photos From Our Festival Visitors: Flickr Gallery #7


It’s interesting to see certain themes emerge in visitor photos as we move through the Festival, and to observe whichRead More

July 6, 2012   No Comments