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Smithsonian to host funk concert on National Mall

Wednesday - 5/30/2012, 11:03am  ET

WASHINGTON - Funk music will have its place on the National Mall this summer during the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

The Smithsonian has announced plans for a "Bring Back the Funk" concert June 27 featuring musicians George Clinton, Meshell Ndegeocello and Ivan Neville and Dumpstaphunk.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture will host the free evening concert. It will open the Folklife Festival's evening concert series near the site of the future black history museum.

Last year, Clinton donated the iconic stage prop, "The Mothership," used by his group Parliament-Funkadelic, to the museum.

When it opens, one of the black history museum's first exhibits will be called "Musical Crossroads" to tell the story of African-American music over time. The museum is under construction and scheduled to open in 2015.

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