June 16, 2011 – Segment 3

This weekend you won’t want to miss the Maryland Traditions Folklife Festival at the Creative Alliance.  With food, workshops, and musical performances, the events celebrate the history and traditions of Maryland.

Today on the show we’ll catch up with two participants in the festival.  Diz Russell is the only surviving member of Baltimore’s legendary Orioles – not the baseball team – but arguably R&B’s first vocal group.  We also speak with arabber Felix Willis about the deeply rooted but endangered tradition of arabbing.

Dr. Cliff Murphy, the Program Director of Folk & Traditional Arts and the Co-Director of Maryland Traditions at the Maryland State Arts Council, joins us as well.

The Festival will take place Saturday, June 18th, from 10am – 7pm at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave.