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Raheem DeVaughn Headlines Spring Music Festival 2012

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Article by: Joe Clark, clarkjx@pgcc.edu

LARGO, Md. —Experience diverse music talented local musicians at the Spring Music Festival 2012, April 28 at Prince George’s Community College, Largo campus, noon–6 p.m. Performers include Grammy nominated singer and song writerRaheem DeVaughn, Eclipse Band, Be’la Dona and Black Alley. Children’s activities and a unique selection of foods and crafts complement the entertainment. The festival is free and open to the public.  

 
“The Spring Music Festival was traditionally known for its focus on Caribbean music, but this year we decided to expand the genres to reflect the diversity of styles that are popular in the county and surrounding areas,” said Jermaine McKinnon, coordinator, College Life Services at Prince George’s Community College.  

Festival headlinerRaheem DeVaughn, son of renowned jazz musician Abdul Wadud, was raised in Prince George’s County where he attended High Point High School in Beltsville. According to SoulTracks.com, his musical style is described as “combining the best of both worlds, constructing lush, ethereal contemporary R&B with a classic musician's touch.” 

Joining DeVaughn on the festival lineup are popular local acts including Black Alley,who mixes ingredients of funk, jazz, soul, rock and go-go to create their own unique sound they call “soul garage.” Black Alley was named the 2012 Best Urban Contemporary Groupby the Washington Area Music Association.  In addition, Be’la Dona, an all-female band from the Washington D.C. area, won the WKYS Go Go Award for best up-and-coming group in 2009. Honoring the festival’s history, Eclipse International was selected by the Caribbean Student Association at Prince George’s Community College for its unique Caribbean sound. For more information about the Spring Music Festival 2012, call 301-322-0853.
 

Prince George’s Community College is a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Two-year Education designated by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security (2010-2015). Established in 1958, Prince George’s Community College provides transfer and career programs that help students transfer to four-year colleges and universities and prepare them for the workforce. Each year, 40,000 students take part in more than 200 academic programs and workforce development and continuing education courses. Located in Largo, Maryland, Prince George’s Community College has additional sites at Joint Base Andrews, University Town Center in Hyattsville, Laurel College Center, Skilled Trades Center in Camp Springs, and Westphalia Training Center in Upper Marlboro. For more information, visit the college website at www.pgcc.edu.  

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