SMITHSONIAN FOLKWAYS "THE SOCIAL POWER OF MUSIC" LISTENING EVENT
Smithsonian Folkways and Songbyrd Present
Upstairs, All Ages
DOORS: 6:00 PM // SHOW: 6:00 PM
Wednesday January 2, 2019
MUSIC HAS THE POWER TO BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER
From parties to protests to prayer, music is a powerful catalyst for celebration, for change, and for a sense of community. Through making music together, we become bigger than ourselves. Whether singing with our families and friends or with thousands of strangers in an arena, music transforms lives, engages individuals, and connects local and global communities. The Social Power of Music chronicles the vivid, impassioned, and myriad ways in which music binds, incites, memorializes, and moves groups of people. This richly illustrated 124-page book, with 80+ tracks on 4 CDs, invites listeners into musical practices, episodes, and movements throughout the U.S. and beyond. These songs of struggle, devotion, celebration, and migration remind us that music has the potential to change our world.
This event is part of the Smithsonian Year of Music. Every day in 2019, from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, at least one musical event—performances, pop-ups, lectures, music releases, concerts, workshops, exhibitions, and more—will be offered somewhere at the Smithsonian, in D.C., and across the country at Smithsonian Affiliate museums, educational networks, and partner organizations to share more about the transformative power of music. The 2019 Folklife Festival June 26--July 7, 2019 on the Mall will focus on “The Social Power of Music.” Our website https://music.si.edu (which is still being updated) will host much of the digital Smithsonian Year of Music 2019 content, including an event calendar, recommended programming, information from partners, web-based content, and more.