AJC Sepia Family Reunion & Summer Cookout Music Playlist

Jill Scott, James Brown, Al Green and Gladys Knight. (Akili-Casundria Ramsess and AP file)
Jill Scott, James Brown, Al Green and Gladys Knight. (Akili-Casundria Ramsess and AP file)

It is that time of the year that we all look forward to, or dread – family reunion season.

Aside from the location, how much alcohol to buy and who made the potato salad, we all know that music can make or  break a family gathering.

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“Music is very important,” said Penny Moore of the Discover DeKalb Convention & Visitors Bureau. “It always get people in the mood for getting around and dancing. And it can connect different generations.”

To do our part in easing the stress, and to get the reunion rocking, AJC Sepia is dropping "The AJC Sepia: Family Reunion & Summer Cookout Playlist," on Spotify.

In any given year, DeKalb County will host 400 family reunions a year. Moore conducts about eight family reunion workshops annually to help families plan and navigate logistics. To get the party started, she is partial to tunes like “The Cha Cha Slide,” and “The Wobble.”

AJC Sepia likes line dancing also. And the O’Jays, Mary J. Blige, Teena Marie, the Blackbyrds and Funkadelic.

030704 - ATLANTA, GA -- 39 yr. old Janice Sims Scott (cq) of Lithonia has two reasons to celebrate: the Fourth of July and family. The Sims family had relatives to come to the reunion and Fourth of July celebration from as far away as Chicago and Arkansas. Janice does her part by barbecueing the meat, which they had in abundance. She's at one of the pavilions at Stone Mountain Park. (CHARLOTTE B. TEAGLE/AJC staff)
030704 - ATLANTA, GA -- 39 yr. old Janice Sims Scott (cq) of Lithonia has two reasons to celebrate: the Fourth of July and family. The Sims family had relatives to come to the reunion and Fourth of July celebration from as far away as Chicago and Arkansas. Janice does her part by barbecueing the meat, which they had in abundance. She's at one of the pavilions at Stone Mountain Park. (CHARLOTTE B. TEAGLE/AJC staff)

Credit: CHARLOTTE B. TEAGLE

Credit: CHARLOTTE B. TEAGLE

The AJC Sepia: Family Reunion & Summer Cookout Playlist is a fun and diverse mix of dance, soul, funk and nostalgia that will have your cousins sweating, crying, laughing and of course dancing all night – or at least until the Spades game breaks out.

*Note: This is an R. Kelly free zone.

Follow the AJC Staffers who created the Playlist on Twitter:  Kimeko McCoyNajja ParkerDavid GibsonStephanie TooneMonica RichardsonShelia Poole, Armani MartinFran JeffriesNedra RhoneAngel BrooksLeroy ChapmanMelissa HallTracy Brown, Michelle Miller and Ernie Suggs.

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