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Smithsonian To Open Folkways Series With Funk Concert
Posted: May 30, 2012
WASHINGTON, D.C. (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) -- This year's Smithsonian Folklife festival will feature a free funk concert on the National Mall, Wednesday, June 27, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Festival’s performance tent between 12th and 14th streets.

Presented by the under-construction National Museum of African American History and Culture Bring Back the Funk" will feature performances by George Clinton, Meshell Ndegeocello and Ivan Neville and Dumpstaphunk with popular radio personality Tom Joyner serving as the master of ceremonies. The concert will serve as the opening event to Folklife's evening concert series

Through the concert, the artists will show how funk music has influenced hip-hop, soul and rock. In between sets, Joyner will talk to performers and museum experts to get their impressions on funk and the impact it has had on music. During the performances, audience members are encouraged to hit the dance floor.

"We are pleased to continue the excitement of our February groundbreaking with another distinctive event where everyone can join in celebration as we move closer toward creating a museum on the National Mall," said Lonnie G. Bunch, founding director of the museum. “This public concert shows how the museum is ‘real’ even though we do not have a building yet.” - CelebrityAccess Staff Writers

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