Folklife Festival offers evening concerts on mall


WASHINGTON (AP) -- This year's Smithsonian Folklife Festival is featuring a series of evening concerts on the National Mall, beginning with a group from West Virginia University.

The 10-day festival begins Wednesday and concludes July 8. It's centered on the mall between 7th and 14th streets. The evening concerts begin at 6 p.m.

On the opening day, an evening concert will feature West Virginia University's Steel Band Drum Ensemble and drummer Ellie Mannette. Mannette is a National Heritage Fellow and is considered the "father of the modern steel drum." He started the university's steel drum ensemble in the 1990s.

Other concerts will follow most nights of the festival.