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New Orleans 'Bingo Show' takes over Kennedy Center

Saturday - 4/13/2013, 2:40pm  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- There's an influx of burlesque dancers, aerial performers and hip-hop musicians heading to one place this weekend in the nation's capital -- the Kennedy Center.

Breaking from its traditional schedule, the center is hosting "The New Orleans Bingo! Show" on Saturday night to kick off two weeks of performances celebrating the artists of New Orleans.

On Saturday, the "Bingo Show" troupe is joining with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, the indie-pop rockers the GIVERS and performer Big Freedia, who has been called the "queen diva" of bounce music. Organizers warn the show may contain strong language, partial nudity and sexual references -- not a warning one usually hears at the Kennedy Center.

Free performances by New Orleans groups are planned throughout April on the center's Millennium Stage.


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