Freedom Sounds Festival: Call and Response

Date & Time
Sunday, September 25, 2016 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm
No Registration Required
About this Event
Join us on the National Mall for the final day of Freedom Sounds: A Community Celebration, honoring the grand opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. This weekend’s events highlight the breadth and depth of African American expressive cultures, from storytelling and music to dance and visual art. The theme of Sunday is “Call and Response,” a powerful element in African American music and community engagement. At 6 p.m., stay for the evening concert on the Freedom Stage, featuring Experience Unlimited (E.U.), Meshell Ndegeocello, and Angélique Kidjo. In addition to the scheduled events, join visual artist Cey Adams at the Mural Wall in creating a collaborative collage-style mural which will go into the museum's collection. Visit the Making History Social Media tent to commemorate this moment using digital technologies, share your own stories, and charge your phones. Share your reflections on the weekend’s historic event with a professional film crew that will be capturing stories from visitors at the Oral History tent. Food concessions are on the west side of the festival, offering Southern BBQ and Soul Food, Gulf Coast Kitchen Po’ Boys and More, and Kenyan Curries and Caribbean Jerk. Beverage and gelato stands are found throughout the grounds. * = ASL interpretation ^ = CART (real-time captioning) + = Audio description Freedom Stage 12 p.m. Dixie Hummingbirds (Men’s gospel quartet) *^ 1 p.m. Bobi Céspedes (Afro-Cuban ensemble) 2 p.m. Freedom Singers (Civil rights vocal group) *^ 3 p.m. Robert Randolph & the Family Band feat. special guest Michelle Williams, Sam Moore and Jimmy Carter (Sacred steel) Fannie Lou Hamer Stage 12 p.m. Len Chandler (Folk/singer-songwriter) 1 p.m. The Civil Rights Struggle Continues: Brittany Packnett, Courtland Cox *^ 2 p.m. Paíto y los Gaiteros de Punta Brava (Cumbia) *+ 3 p.m. Stax Music Academy (Soul/rhythm and blues) * 4 p.m. J.PERIOD, special guests (Social power of music discussion) *^+ Gil Scott-Heron Stage 2 p.m. Making Our Legacy: National Hand Dance Association + 3 p.m. The Live Mixtape: J.PERIOD, Urban Artistry, special guests * 4 p.m. Morgan State University Choir (Gospel ensemble) * 5 p.m. Medoune Gueye and ConneXions (Drum procession and choreo-poem) Drum Circle 12 p.m. Medoune Gueye (Drum circle) + 1 p.m. Rising Star Fife and Drum Band * 2 p.m. Baba Jamal Koram (Storytelling) 3 p.m. Medoune Gueye (Drum circle) + 4 p.m. Medoune Gueye (Drum circle) + Story Circle 12 p.m. Baba Jamal Koram (Storytelling) *^ 1 p.m. Charlotte Blake Alston (Storytelling) *^ 2 p.m. Ebony Donnley, Ericka Hart (Poetry) *^ 3 p.m. Freedom Singers, Josh White, Jr. (Social power of music discussion) *^ 4 p.m. Jay Summerour, Jean Carne, National Hand Dance Association (Sustaining traditions workshop) *^ The Stoop 12 p.m. McIntosh County Shouters (Ring shout) * 1 p.m. Jay Summerour’s Blues Trio 3 p.m. Josh White, Jr. (Folk/blues) 4 p.m. Dom Flemons (Banjo and bones workshop) 5 p.m. 9th Wonder, Paíto y los Gaiteros de Punta Brava, Rising Star Fife and Drum Band (Social power of music workshop) Schedule is subject to change.

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