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Once a festival-goer, Paula Campbell is now a headliner

Paula Campbell seldom resists the opportunity to lift her voice in song. The R&B; soloist from Baltimore recently followed a one-hour set at a D.C. lounge with an impromptu, keeping-it-real performance backstage.

The latter performance came while she was getting her hair done.

"At the end of the day, you have to do what you have to do," said Campbell, who is among several local recording artists who will be performing at this weekend's African American Heritage Festival. The family- oriented celebration of African-American history, culture and arts is in its ninth year.

Campbell will be performing on the festival's Main Stage at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Also...