New Orleans Shares Music With the Nation

Songs from Search My Heart by the Friendly Travelers

Listen      Listen to "Pray a Prayer for Me"
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The Friendly Travelers take the stage as part of the Smithsonian's Folklife Festival opening ceremony. This summer, the two-week long festival celebrated the music of New Orleans in the program, "Been In the Storm So Long."
Thousands of people attend the Folklife Festival, held on the National Mall. This audience is gathered for the opening ceremony.
Michael White, co-curator of the program, plays clarinet with his Original Liberty Jazz Band, which opened the eveningís show.
The Travelers break out some funkier beats for the evening concert on the Jubliee Stage. The group was founded in 1959 and often performs in festivals in New Orleans and Europe.
Floyd Turner is one of the bandís original members.
L.D. Hiriams gets into his singing, and so did the audience.
Alfred Penns shares the microphone with audience member Sandra Birdsong. Birdsong is a New Orleans native, but she has lived in D.C. for years.
Wanda Joseph, the only female-group member, plays bass and sings harmonies.
Alfred Penns takes an extended solo in the spotlight.

Photos by Danielle Trusso