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Saturday, 11:00 - 10:00 & Sunday, 1:00 - 9:00 :: Enjoy a dozen Food Vendors featuring a wide variety of foods to tempt everyone's tastebuds! Two food courts will be located along the mid-point of the festival, on both sides of Davie Street!

Saturday, 11:00 - 10:00 & Sunday, 1:00 - 9:00 :: Fine visual artists display and sell their original works of art in the Art Market, along Fayetteville Street in front of the Sheraton Hotel, and Marketplace Vendors offer a wide variety of wares, including heritage items, clothing, accessories, fun and educational items for children of all ages, and more!

  Main Stage ~ Saturday, August 31

Opening Ceremony:  Welcome & Call to Elders

led by Chuck Davis & the African American Dance Ensemble

11:30 -12:00 noon

The 2013 Festival kicks off in grand style! Join members of the African American Dance Ensemble in an Opening Ceremony and Call to Elders, led by Dr. Chuck Davis. We will embrace our past and celebrate our future, honoring the unique cultural traditions that have crossed the Atlantic and become part of the African American legacy.

"In the village, we humble ourselves as we dance and sing for the elders' approval which is never readily given. Our knees touch our shoulders as we jump, spin and create new moves from ancient sources trapped in the belly of the drum emitting rhythm after rhythm. And we dance. What I learn I return to the States and share." – Chuck Davis

Hip Hop Artist - TimMay RaJah
1:00-1:30 pm

Dance N2 Shape with Tina B.
1:30 – 2:00 pm

Al Strong – Trumpeter Jazz
2:00 – 3:15pm

Washington Native, NCCU adjunct professor and founder of the Art of Cool Project, Al Strong is one of the hottest emerging artists and trumpeter on the jazz scene today. Arranger, composer and all around excellent performer, audiences around the Triangle love his clean, crisp swinging style.

Yolanda Rabun –Soulful Jazz
4:00 - 5:15pm

Rabun brings a polished approach to the festival. Her soulful sound reaches right into your heart and captivates your spirit. She performs a unique blend of jazz standards on the main stage this year. Powerful, soulful, jazz vocalist who takes the jazz standards and makes them her own.

Phoenix Lei – Urban Rock

Raleigh welcomes the fresh sultry sound of Phoenix Lei, songstress supreme. Bringing her high energy style and back up band to the main stage. The dance party continues with original tunes and creative spins on classic tunes.

Midnight Star –Electro R&B

American R&B band brings their all American electro-funk style to Raleigh. The band and vocalists are stronger than ever and still bringing audiences to their feet for serious booty-shaking with tunes like No Parking on the Dance Floor and FreakAZoid.

  Main Stage ~ Sunday, September 1
Rebirth Deliverance Ministries, Inc.
Miles Sisters – Gospel

Amy, Arlanda and Arleto are truly sisters, singing together for over 30 years, who uplift and encourage audiences all over the world with their unique style; blending traditional and acappella gospel. Performing with their live band, the Miles Sisters will perform their new hit single ' Separate,' along with lots of hymns that appeal to young and older fans.

Simonetti Brass Band – Funk

Instrumental big brass band sound with the right mix of funk, jazz and R&B make this band the one to see. Keep the party going strong!

Jus Once –Go-Go Band

The J.O.B. bring their unique blend of vocals, percussive Go-Go beat to the stage. Don't miss Raleigh's own dance, groove and sweat band. Come out and join the dance party as the JOB sound machine takes you higher, and higher.. It's perfect Summer time jam music.

Back-up band for Anthony Hamilton

Ohio Players – Funk/ R&B
Bring your dancing shoes and groove to one of America's most popular Funk, and R&B bands of the 80's. Known for hits like Fire, Rollercoaster, and Sweet Sticky Thing, the Ohio Players keep it funky and hot. Straight from Dayton, Ohio, the impeccable musicianship and horn powered grooves will close out the festival as only they can. Platform shoes and Afros are optional but sitting still is not allowed. Get ready to jam!

  Family Village ~ Activities
African American Dance Ensemble
12:00 – 1:00 pm

Kidz Notes
1:15 PM

African Drumming Workshop led by African American Dance Ensemble’s Kwabena Osei Appiagyei
2:00 PM

The Ernest Turner Quartet
    “Enter the world of jazz workshop “
3:15 PM

5:15 Dance Ministry
4:15 PM

Jaylun and Taylor have been dancing for seven years and are trained dancers in the areas of jazz, ballet, contemporary, lyrical, hip hop and tap, they attend L.A. Dance where LuGina Amato is their instructor and studio owner. Jaylun and Taylor are also members of Reaping the Harvest Christian Church where they serve under the tutelage of their parents, Pastors David and Valissa Moore. The name of 5:15 simply stems from Matthew 5:15-16 which reads: “No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the hous-e.

515 Dance Ministry Bio

Storytellers, Cheryl "Sparkle" Mosley & Elisha "Mother Minter" Minter
4:45 PM


Kim Armstrong 'A Popular Dance'  line dancing

5:30 PM

  Family Village ~ Stage Schedule
Storyteller, Madafo Lloyd Wilson
1:30 pm

Brother Osei Drumming Workshop
2:15 PM

Elegba Folklore Society’s African Dance, Music & the Oral Tradition
3:30 PM

Elegba Folklore Society, Richmond, Virginia's Cultural Ambassador, will engage children young and old in take-home craft making and the stories in which they live. Youth and their families can learn about culture -- art, heritage and history -- through the stories told visually in handmade crafts.”

View Elegba's 2013 Program Descriptions

Ethyln Lassiter Dance Company’s “Bid Em Up on Sunday Morning”
5:00 PM

The Ethlyn Lassiter's Dance Ensemble (ELDE) is a multi-cultural; dance school providing instruction for ages three to adult. Ethlyn teaches classes in Ballet, African Dance, Jazz, Modern, Tap and Hip-Hop.

Ethyln Lassiter is founder of the Ethlyn Lassiter's Dance Ensemble (ELDE). Ethlyn graduated from Shaw University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre and minor concentration in Communications

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Kim Armstrong 'A Popular Dance' line dancing
5:45 PM