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Dom Flemons plays 'Freedom Sounds' on the National Mall /

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The celebrations have begun and the music is underway. To celebrate this weekend's grand opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage is treating visitors to a spectacular musical festival on the Washington Monument grounds. Grammy-award winning musicians 9th Wonder and Dom Flemons have already taken the stage. We'll be updating throughout the festivities and celebrations with stories from the festival grounds.  The three-day festival includes performances of jazz, R&B, gosepel, folk, classical, New Orleans brass band, Afro-Latin jazz and hip-hop. Note the schedule of performers. 

Flemons - founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops and American Songster has recently released his third solo album 'Prospect Hill' on Music Maker Relief Foundation which finds Flemons digging deeply into ragtime, Piedmont blues, spirituals, southern folk music, string band music, jug band music, fife and drum music, and ballads idioms with showmanship and humor, reintrepreting the music to suite 21st century audiences.