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Smithsonian Tribute Concert: part of Folklife Festival - all-star lineup!

Ralph Rinzler Memorial Concert: Smithsonian Folkways Tribute to Pete Seeger, Citizen Artist
Friday, June 27, 6:30–8 p.m., Ngoma Stage

There is an excellent free concert Friday night in a tent on the Mall as part of the Folklife Festival. Featured artists include: the very cool group Quetzal, Holly Near, Navajo singer Radmilla Cody, Luci Murphy, Tony Seeger, Abigail Washburn and Nobuko Miyamoto. It should be pretty crowded - I have us meeting 30 minutes before the concert starts. Maybe we can go for dinner after - it ends at 8.

The history: Kindred spirits, Ralph Rinzler and Pete Seeger influenced the way that the public thought about the social power of music and the continued relevance of traditional culture in contemporary society. In their hands, the making of music was nothing short of a call to action. Moreover, the sharing of music was transformed into a summons for a kind of public engagement that would challenge our notions of what was “mainstream” and what lived on “the margins.”

Their contributions to the Folklife Festival, and to the Center that produces it, are without measure. As we gather on the Nation’s front yard, it seems only fitting that we lift our voices in appreciation of two visionaries who tilled its soil with fearlessness and purpose.  

Closest Metro is probably Smithsonian.

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  • atakan

    Any plan after the event?

    June 27, 2014

  • atakan

    I am outside too

    June 27, 2014

  • Sonya

    I'm going to sit down outside the stage.

    June 27, 2014

  • atakan

    Walking there

    June 27, 2014

  • Ronn

    We are at north entrance right side facing stage about 6 rows from back. Saved a few seats.

    1 · June 27, 2014

    • jeanne

      Do u still have seats?

      June 27, 2014

  • jeanne

    I'm sitting on the floor -- hope to meet you after!

    June 27, 2014

  • Sonya

    I'm standing on the right side if you are facing the stage. I'm wearing a black tank and carrying a backpack. Can you raise your hand?

    June 27, 2014

  • Jonathan K.

    We are near the back on the right

    1 · June 27, 2014

  • Leiah G.

    I would like to go but wonder how to find you all

    June 27, 2014

    • Ronn

      I have a sign. :-)

      June 27, 2014

  • jeanne

    do you know if there are benches, or should we bring blankets to sit on?

    June 27, 2014

    • Denise

      Thanks for the number, Double N. I may have to arrive later, closer to show time. Great event to gather around, by the way. Thank you for organizing.

      June 27, 2014

    • Jeanne

      Im pretty sure there will be a tent full of folding chairs like last year and then standing room around the edges...

      June 27, 2014

  • LaRue

    This sounds like FUN! I'm a trainer by day so please don't be put-off by my 'work clothes' attire. I really DO know how to 'clean-up,' but won't have time before this event :-)

    June 27, 2014

  • Juanita

    Good question!

    June 27, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is there a meeting location?

    June 25, 2014

    • Ronn

      For now I will say the main entrance of the Ngoma Stage tent.

      June 25, 2014

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