2012 Special Events

Quetzal: On Their Own Terms

After listening to the band Quetzal’s album Imaginaries (Smithsonian Folkways, 2012), it comes as no surprise that they have been nominated for a GRAMMY; the combination of superb song writing, a diversity of influences, and flawless execution is impressive. However, what never ceases to amaze me is the breadth of projects … Continue reading Quetzal: On Their Own Terms

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 of special concerts and discussions. Here we present the entire panel discussion, “The Musical Life of Chuck Brown,” in which his band members shared their experiences of playing with the man … Continue reading The Musical Life of Chuck Brown

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 National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival present Clinton performing the Parliament hit “Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof off the Sucker).” This event … Continue reading George Clinton: Give Up the Funk

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 for All People in the Anacostia community of Washington, D.C. The group delivered this unforgettable performance at the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, building from solo trombone to a tumult of brass. … Continue reading Sweet Heaven Kings: The Sounds of Sunday Morning