Doing the 2006 Smithsonian Folklife Festival's special evening concert series Been in the Storm So Long which featured African-American musical traditions from the New Orleans region devastated by Hurricane Katrina Davell Crawford was amongst the groups that I had the absolute pleasure of photographing. Others include Chief Monk Boudreaux and the Golden Eagles Mardi Gras Indian Tribe, the Hot 8 Brass Band and the Dixie Cups.
While they all performed foot stumpin', hand clappin' and booty shakin' sets ... Davell Crawford is one of the best performers that I've ever seen. Some of the songs that he performed were tributes to Etta James. The man is a class act.
Click photo to view most recently uploaded photos of Davell Crawford performing at the 2006 Smithsonian Folklife Festival's special evening concert series Been In The Storm So Long. Having shot hundreds of photos, many which depict folks clappin' their hands, stompin' their feet and shakin' their booties, more will be added later.
The Smithsonian Folklife Festival has been amongst my ongoing themes since 1994.