Celebrate the 150 year anniversary of Juneteenth free at Miller Outdoor Theatre, 7pm on June 19, 2015
Houston's Juneteenth Celebration presents a lineup of legendary singers and rising stars in traditional African American music to honor the sesquicentennial of Juneteenth, including Jewel Brown with R.A.D.S. The Krusaders II.0, Trudy Lynn with Steve Krase, the Peterson Brothers and Connection.
Jewel Brown is an acclaimed Jazz and Blues singer whose career includes performing with Louis Armstrong's band from 1961-68 and starring in movies and television shows with Armstrong. She performs with the Heritage Hall Jazz Band. R.A.D.S. The Krusaders II.0 are carrying on the legacy of Houston Jazz legend Joe Sample. They recently recorded a CD with Jewel Brown.
Trudy Lynn is a Houston legacy in Soul and Blues. Her 2014 album, Royal Oaks Blues Cafe, reached Number 1 on Billboard's Top Blues Albums Chart. Steve Krase and his band The In Crowd are award-winning Blues artists. Their latest recording, Buckle Up, features Trudy Lynn. The Peterson Brothers are rising stars in Blues, bringing a very young perspective to the music from Austin, Texas. Connection is an award-winning gospel group from Houston, Texas.
Houston's Juneteenth Celebration commemorates one of the region's most significant historic events, Juneteenth, which has celebrated the abolition of slavery in Texas for 150 years. The event marks the occasion on June 19, 1865 when, following the Union victory in the American Civil War, a contingent of Union Army troops arrived in Galveston, Texas and Major General Gordon Granger read a series of orders, including General Order Number 3, proclaiming "all slaves are free."
Music fans gather from across the region at Miller Outdoor Theatre, Houston's largest public outdoor theatre on June 19, to hear performances by noted artists representing the rich African American musical traditions of the region, including Blues, Jazz, Gospel, Brass Band, Funk and Zydeco. The event is free.
Miller Outdoor Theatre is located in Hermann Park at 6000 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, Texas, 77030. Miller Outdoor Theatre is wheelchair accessible. MetroRail serves Hermann Park. Information can be found at www.ridemetro.org. Concert-goers bringing cars are encouraged to carpool.
Houston's Juneteenth Celebration is funded by the City of Houston through the Miller Theatre Advisory Board, Texas Commission on the Arts and National Endowment for the Arts. It is presented by Houston Blues Museum, Houston Blues Society, Houston Institute for Culture, Houston Museum of Culture, Houston Style Magazine and KPFT-Pacifica Radio 90.1 FM.
Additional information and event photos are available on Facebook at www.facebook.com/houstonjuneteenth.
Past performers have included many legends of American heritage and icons of Gulf Coast regional music: Allen Toussaint, Joe Sample Trio, The Meters Experience with Leo Nocentelli, C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, Rebirth Brass Band, Nathan Williams and the Zydeco Cha Chas, Geno Delafose and French Rockin' Boogie, Keith Frank and the Soileau Zydeco Band, Grady Gaines and the Texas Upsetters, Milton Hopkins and the Hit City Blues Band, Texas Johnny Brown and the Quality Blues Band, Trudy Lynn, Ruthie Foster, Diunna Greenleaf and Blue Mercy, Annika Chambers and the Houston All-stars, Sherman Robertson and the Crossroads Blues Band, Cory Ledet and his Zydeco Band, Paul "Lil' Buck" Sinegal, Les Amis Creole, David Batiste, Glen David Andrews, Soul Rebels Brass Band, Larry Fulcher, David de la Garza, Earl Gillium, I.J. Gosey, New Birth Brass Band, Lil' Brian and the Zydeco Travelers, Endurance and many more.