StoryMakers Festival Block Party

Music Lab for Kids: Smithsonian Folklife & Christylez Bacon

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Bring your family and explore storytelling through music with guest musicians Christylez Bacon and Wytold, straight from the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. They’ll lead an improvisational session that weaves storytelling around musical dialogue. You’ll get hands-on and use GarageBand on iPad to explore musical styles, genres, and traditions during the final week of our StoryMakers Festival.

Smithsonian Folklife Festival

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The Smithsonian Folklife Festival promotes cultural equity and vitality through an annual event on the National Mall by the Smithsonian Institution’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.

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Christylez Bacon


Christylez Bacon is a Grammy-nominated progressive hip-hop artist and multi-instrumentalist from southeast D.C. He uses the West African djembe drum, acoustic guitar, and beatboxing in his performances.

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Wytold received the 2018 County Executive Award from Montgomery County for Excellence in Arts Education, and is a former artist in residence of the Strathmore Performing Arts Center.

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More about StoryMakers Festival Block Party

Join us on June 29–30 for a Block Party weekend to wrap up our festival. Hosted by No Kings Collective featuring artists Jamilla Okubo, MISS CHELOVE, Kimchi Juice, Rachel Couch, and District Dodger.

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