Celebrate the Bay’s rich musical heritage in a festival dedicated to Chesapeake folk music! Enjoy songs and storytelling from local bands, while taking in the view from a hilltop overlooking the Bay. Continue reading Don’t Miss the Chesapeake Music Festival!
Bet we’re all a little funkalicious during this sweltering heat wave! Continue reading We want the funk!
A pounding drum, a wailing dirge, a lilting lullaby, a soulful love song–music conveys an infinite range of meaning and human emotion. See (and hear) how music can be a cultural touchstone at this weekend’s Folklife Festival. (Bring your water bottle! It’s going to be hot!) Continue reading The Social Power of Music
As we celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month, the American Women’s History Initiative and the Smithsonian Year of Music, we can’t think of a single person who better deserves the honor of remembrance today. Happy birthday, Ella! Continue reading Ella Fitzgerald: Breaking down racial barriers with her voice
This lady sang the blues–wearing a man’s tuxedo and in language no lady would use. Meet brave, bawdy Gladys Bentley. Continue reading Sidedoor: Singing the Gender-Bending Blues
Smithsonian American Art Museum Director Stephanie Stebich offers a peek at how the museum will be celebrating both the American Women’s History Initiative and the Smithsonian Year of Music with innovative exhibitions, programs and performances. reverberate with visitors. Continue reading Looking Forward at SAAM
Secretary Skorton previews a Smithsonian initiative that is especially close to his own heart. Continue reading Smithsonian Year of Music Celebrates Harmony
Despite the challenges of the government shutdown, the Smithsonian’s Year of Music launched with fanfare Jan.1 on the National Mall. Continue reading Drumroll, please! The Smithsonian Year of Music is officially underway