2014 Special Events

Busboys and Poets: G Yamazawa

Poet G Yamazawa throws down some powerful rhymes on Diaspora Day at the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. This session, organized by Busboys and Poets and co-sponsored by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, extended the themes of the China and Kenya Festival programs by exploring … Continue reading Busboys and Poets: G Yamazawa

Through the Lens of Our Visitors: The Best of the Best

Want to revisit your favorite moments of the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival? We’ve put together a selection of our favorite visitor photographs in the Best of the Best gallery to help you do just that. These photos have been hand-picked by the Festival’s social media team … Continue reading Through the Lens of Our Visitors: The Best of the Best

Pete Seeger Tribute: ‘If I Had a Hammer’ and ‘This Land Is Your Land’

Banjo player and music scholar Tony Seeger, nephew of the late American icon and Smithsonian Folkways Recordings artist Pete Seeger (1919–2014), performed at the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival’s Ralph Rinzler Memorial Concert. He closed the evening with a medley of American folksongs “If I Had … Continue reading Pete Seeger Tribute: ‘If I Had a Hammer’ and ‘This Land Is Your Land’

Quetzal: ‘Cielito Lindo’ y ‘Tragafuegos’

Quetzal, a musical group from East Los Angeles, combines elements of Mexican música ranchera, salsa, Chicano rock, R&B, and international popular music. During the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Quetzal performed “Cielito Lindo,” inspired by the late Smithsonian Folkways Recordings artist Pete Seeger, and the original song … Continue reading Quetzal: ‘Cielito Lindo’ y ‘Tragafuegos’

Wu Man and Friends: Chinese Tradition and Musical Collaboration

Wu Man, a master of the Chinese lute (pipa) was joined by fellow musicians Yang Yi (zheng) and Haruka Fujii (percussion) for an evening concert at the Moonrise Pavilion during the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. The music of Wu Man is featured on two Smithsonian … Continue reading Wu Man and Friends: Chinese Tradition and Musical Collaboration