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Josh White Jr. performs at the 2001 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

Josh White Jr. performs at the 2001 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Photo by Harold Dorwin, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives

  • Social Power of Music Concert on October 5 Features Josh White Jr. and In Process...

    Join us for an afternoon of making music together to provide powerful catalysts for celebration, change, and a sense of community. We invite you to come together in the National Museum of American History’s Hall of Music on Saturday, October 5, at 2 p.m. for a community singalong, reminding us that music has the potential to change our world.

    The concert is free, but seating is limited. Please RSVP on Eventbrite and bring your ticket to ensure a spot.

    Josh White Jr. is a folk, blues, and jazz singer-songwriter, actor, and social activist from New York City. His father was legendary bluesman Joshua Daniel White. After a successful career turns as a child actor, a solo singer and guitar player, and collaborations with other top artists, White shifted his focus to performing children’s and family concerts, providing interactive musical experiences celebrating cultural diversity and linking music to a rich tradition of political and social struggle.

    In Process... is an a cappella ensemble of four women, each of whom brings her own voice, style, and experience to create shared harmony and rhythm in the African American oral tradition. Formed in Washington, D.C., in 1980, the group now boasts more than fifty alumni and a constant goal of providing strength and hope through music. From contemporary social issues to personal struggles for love and respect, In Process... utilizes spiritual song for transformation and healing, for a world continually in process.

    We dedicate this concert to Robert Clyde “RC” Forney, Jr., who developed software for the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage over a span of eighteen years. As a musician, RC knew that music is a universal language with the power to tear down barriers and foster understanding between people throughout the nation and around the world.

    The Forney family generously donated the funds to produce the Smithsonian Folkways CD box set The Social Power of Music.

    Presented by the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage as part of the 2019 Smithsonian Year of Music.

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