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The National Endowment for the Arts honors new Fellows

The National Endowment for the Arts is bringing the best in entertainment and culture to the public in a style that everyone can appreciate.

The organization has just named its latest class of Fellows, and is showcasing their various crafts at the National Heritage Fellowships concert , which will be presented for free at The Music Center at Strathmore on Sept. 23 at 8:00 p.m. The evening will discuss and showcase the talent of the eight NEA Fellows, and will be presented by Nick Spitzer, host of the public radio show American Routes.

The Fellows will be honored tomorrow at 5:00 p.m. at the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center.

Piedmont blues songster Warner Williams. Williams, who hails from Gaithersburg, is one of eight recipients honored as a 2011 National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellow. (Photo by Michael G. Stewart)

The honorees are:

- Laverne Brackens, a quilter from Fairfield Tx.

- Bo Dollis, Mardi Gras Indian Chief from New Orleans, La.

- Roy and PJ Hirabayashi, Taiko drum leaders from San Jose, Ca.

- Ledward Kaapana, slack key guitarist from Kaneohe, Hi.

- Frank Newsome, Old Regular Baptist vocalist from Haysi, Va.

- Carlinhos Pandeiro de Ouro, frame drum player and percussionist from Los Angeles.

- Warner Williams, Piedmont blues songster from Gaithersburg, Md.

- Yuri Yunakov, Bulgarian saxophonist from Bloomfield, NJ.

Jim Griffith, a folklorist from Tuscon, Az., will receive the Bess Lomax Hawes NEA National Heritage Fellowships award, in honor of his noted accomplishment to furthering knowledge about and safeguarding of cultural heritage.

A limited number of standby tickets will be available. Those interested should arrive at Strathmore starting at 7:00 p.m. The concert will also be telecast online at the NEA website.

The Music Center at Strathmore can be found at 5301 Tuckerman Ln, Bethesda. Fore more information, visit


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