2014 Spirit Festival (Photos by Shevry Lassiter

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The Spirit Festival is one of the most popular events of the summer in the D.C. area. A laid back atmosphere with happy people and eclectic performers is the order of the event held at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md., Sat., August 2. Although Lauryn Hill was the headliner, Janelle Monae gave an outstanding, crowd pumping performance and the DMV's own Raheem DeVaughn never disappoints. Other performers at the Festival were Roman Gianarthur (Monáe's studio guitarist), George Tandy Jr., RDGLDGRN, Talib Kweli and the Junkyard Band and the Backyard Band.