Janelle Monáe to headline Westobou Festival

Three-time Grammy nominee Janelle Monáe will headline this year’s Westobou Festival.

On the second of a five-night arts festival, Monáe and three opening acts will play music “paying homage to Augusta’s funky soulful roots,” according to a news release.

Monáe holds the top spot on the Billboard pop chart for her collaboration We Are Young with the band Fun. She was nominated for Grammy Awards in 2010 for her album The ArchAndroid.

Before Monáe takes the stage at the Old Academy of Richmond County building on Telfair Street, funk orchestra Maceo Parker, along with Fred Wesley and the New JBs, will play. The music begins at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 4 with Augusta band Funk You.

Wesley is a trombonist, composer and band leader who gained fame playing with Augusta’s James Brown in the 1970s. Parker also played with Brown before releasing several solo records in the 1990s.

The fifth annual Westobou Festival begins Oct. 3 and continues through Oct. 7. The festival began as a 10-day showcase of film, music, words, dance and visual arts.

Organizers announced previously that the event was being cut to five days this year.

The full program lineup has not been announced, but artists are confirmed, said Westobou organizer Mary Hull Palmer.

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