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Friday September 09, 2016

From Smithsonian Magazine

The Musical Lineup for the Opening of the African American History Museum Is Announced and It’s Great
The ‘Freedom Sounds’ Festival includes D.C. Go-Go band Experience Unlimited, Public Enemy, The Roots, Living Colour and more
By: Jackson Landers

Washington D.C.‘s best concert of the year is only weeks away and will be completely free of charge. The lineup of musical performers and other participants has finally been announced for the “Freedom Sounds” festival, a celebration of the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The music starts on Saturday, September 24 at 6 p.m. with Public Enemy, Living Color and The Roots…

…President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will attend the opening ceremony on Saturday morning at 10. They will be joined by former President George W. Bush (who signed the 2003 bill which created the Museum) and Laura Bush. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, Congressman John Lewis, Smithsonian Director David Skorton and museum director Lonnie Bunch will also be in attendance. The President will deliver the keynote address…

…Participants include the Stax Music Academy, Len Chandler, Josh White Jr., Dom Flemons, Rising Star Fife and Drum Band, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, the Original Liberty Jazz Band, Medoune Gueye, Jean Carne, the McIntosh County Shouters, Bobi Cespedes, Paito y los Gaiteros de Punta Brava, Morgan State University Choir, the Dixie Hummingbirds, the Freedom Singers, Sonia Sanchez, Robert Randolph, Sweet Honey in the Rock, 9th Wonder, Stanley Clarke, Louise Toppin, the National Hand Dance Association, the National Association of Black Storytellers Inc. and Urban Artistry. A full schedule of events will be available on the museum’s website…

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