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In addition to daily performances and activities on the National Mall, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival organizes and recommends events and exhibitions at other Smithsonian museums and venues around Washington, D.C. All events are free unless otherwise noted.


Exhibitions

Musical Crossroads

Musical Crossroads
National Museum of African American History and Culture
nmaahc.si.edu

In exploring how the intermingling of musical and cultural traditions, styles and beliefs, brought forth new modes of American musical expression, the exhibition expands the definition of African American music to include African American music-makers in all genres and styles.


Past Events

Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry
January 11, 2019, 5 to 7 p.m.

Folkways Vinyl Release Listening Party
Home Rule Records
702 Kennedy St. NW, Washington, D.C.
music.si.edu

Join Home Rule Records, ANXO Cidery, and Smithsonian Folkways Recordings as we celebrate the vinyl release of Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry’s Sing, Kaia Kater’s Grenades, Lead Belly’s Easy Rider, and Dave Van Ronk’s Dave Van Ronk Sings Ballads, Blues, and a Spiritual. Enjoy ANXO snacks and ciders for purchase.

Mississippi John Hurt
January 8, 2019, 4 to 5 p.m.

Meaning, Memory, and Music
Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
600 Maryland Ave. SW, Washington, D.C.
music.si.edu

What is the place of music in our lives as both shared and individual experience? This talk offers a reflection on the many ways music features in memory and meaning by tracing the arc of musical experience in John Fenn’s life as a listener, creator, and researcher. Fenn is the head of the Research and Programs section of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. He has conducted fieldwork on expressive culture in Malawi, China, Indiana, and Oregon—exploring a wide range of practices, traditions, and communities. 

Social Power of Music
January 2, 2019, 6 to 8 p.m.

The Social Power of Music Listening Party
Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe
2475 18th St. NW, Washington, D.C.
music.si.edu

Be among the first to hear the new Smithsonian Folkways Recordings box set, The Social Power of Music. This curated collection chronicles the vivid, impassioned, and myriad ways in which music binds, incites, memorializes, and moves groups of people. With over eighty tracks on four CDs, it invites listeners into musical practices, episodes, and movements throughout the United States and beyond.


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