Erykah Badu and Raheem DeVaughn headline Summer Spirit Festival

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Summer Spirit Festival this year hosted by Mike Epps, which is held every year at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md., is home to some of the legends in the music industry, as well as some emerging and local artists.

Black Alley, which is a native band of the DMV area, took the stage to perform their singles and some go-go classics (genre of music that emerged in the DMV). Next on the stage was Rare Essence, a legendary go-go band in the area. They paid homage to Chuck Brown; and in addition had his daughter, Ki Ki, perform as well.

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Busta Rhymes gave an electrifying performance. He performed classics like “WooHaa” and his new song, “Twerk It.”

Raheem DeVaughn filled in for D’Angelo, who was recently hospitalized for an illness. Devaughn performed songs like “Customer” and also brought gogo legends to the stage Big G and BYB to sing “Sexy Ladies.” During his performance, Demont Pinder — better known as Demont Peekaso — drew and painted a portrait of DeVaughn as he performed.
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Headliner Erykah Badu brought the house down, closing out the show. Check out more images from the concert.

Photos by Shamya Lynn Photography

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