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Smithsonian Folklife Festival

2012 Festival Video

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

Meeting of the Mariachis: Mariachi Aztlán and Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano


Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano of Los Angeles joins University of Texas-Pan American’s Mariachi Aztlán for a joint performanceRead More

July 11, 2012   1 Comment

Progressive Hip-Hop with Christylez Bacon


GRAMMY-nominated musician Christylez Bacon is well known for his imaginative blending of acoustic and hip-hop music accompanied by oral percussionRead More

July 8, 2012   No Comments

Christylez Freestyle


GRAMMY-nominated, progressive hip-hop artist Christylez Bacon discusses the importance of improvisation (freestyling) in hip-hop and accepts a challenge to createRead More

July 8, 2012   2 Comments

Jay Coleman: Time-lapse Painting


Jay Coleman is a visual artist and educator from Washington D.C. In this time-lapse video, he paints a portrait in fifteenRead More

July 7, 2012   6 Comments

Quetzal: Estoy Aqui


East L.A. natives and Smithsonian Folkways recording artists Quetzal perform “Estoy Aqui (I am here)” at the  2012 Smithsonian FolklifeRead More

July 6, 2012   No Comments

Matthew Ramir, University of Illinois


Matthew Ramir, a student at the University of Illinois, reads two poems that he wrote about living with cerebral palsy.Read More

July 5, 2012   3 Comments

Lily Diego, University of Illinois


Student poet Lily Diego reads one of her poems at the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. She is introduced by Dr.Read More

July 5, 2012   No Comments

Sharing The Quilt’s History


Joan Juster, panel maker and names reader coordinator, discusses the origins of The AIDS Memorial Quilt with Mike Smith, co-founderRead More

July 4, 2012   2 Comments