Best funk, and it's free
Gotta have that funk? This year's Smithsonian Folklife Festival has you covered, and then some. The annual free festival on the Mall kicks off with "Bring Back the Funk," a concert headlined by Dr. Funkenstein himself -- George Clinton. Bass player extraordinaire Meshell Ndegeocello and Ivan Neville & Dumpstaphunk also will perform at the show, which is presented by the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which celebrated its groundbreaking this year and will be the future home of one of music's great onstage props, Clinton's iconic Mothership.
--David Malitz, June 1, 2012