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Eric Nam, Raveena to headline The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art centennial celebration

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    The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art has announced that singer-songwriters Eric Nam and Raveena will perform at its upcoming main-stage centennial celebration. 

    The performances will take place on the museum’s stage in the Smithsonian’s Arts and Industries Building and will be broadcast to visitors of the National Mall and Freer Plaza in Washington, D.C., on May 13.

    Although performances will be free to the public, tickets will be required to enter the Arts and Industries Building. Further details will be shared on social media in the coming months. 

    Nam and Raveena’s performances will be the culmination of the museum’s Asian Pacific American Heritage Festival, its first large-scale festival in recognition of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

    From May 1-13, the museum and its surroundings will be transformed into a celebration of Asian arts and cultures. 

    Under Secretary for Museums and Culture Chase F. Robinson expressed excitement for the artists’ upcoming performances.

    “Eric Nam and Raveena are two of the biggest names in music today,” he said. “Raised in the U.S. and inspired by their respective backgrounds, these artists embrace Korean and Indian influences as means of experimentation and self-expression and truly embody the Asian American experience. We are delighted to welcome them to the mainstage during our centennial celebrations.”

    Other festival highlights include its main-stage centennial celebration, the Washington premiere of acclaimed composer Huang Ruo’s oratorio “Angel Island,” a 1920s silent film with live accompaniment by Chinese American musician Min Xiao-Fen, an Asian food and artisan market and more.

    Last year, Nam and Raveena’s schedules were packed with several events and performances.

    Nam released his second English album “There and Back Again” in January 2022 and concluded his world tour of the same name in November 2022. He is slated to make his acting debut in the psychological thriller “Transplant.” The film has reportedly finished production, but it has yet to receive a release date.

    Raveena recently made her India debut at Lollapalooza India in Mumbai last month. Last year, she notably became the first woman of Indian descent to perform as a soloist at Coachella.


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