What are you doing for Juneteenth this year? If you’re in the Houston area, you can celebrate this important holiday at the unique Miller Outdoor Theatre.
If you’re not familiar with Juneteenth, it represents the day in 1865 when slaves in Galveston, Texas heard that slavery had ended. The announcement was made on June 19 by Major General Gordon Granger of the Union Army. Yes, it was more than two years after The Emancipation Proclamation calling for the end of slavery in the Confederacy, but news spread much more slowly back in those days, and there was a lot of resistance to President Lincoln’s Executive Order.
While there are Juneteenth celebrations around the US, one of the most special is A Gulf Coast Juneteenth at Miller Outdoor Theatre. This year’s blues and creole music festival will feature Irma Thomas, the Soul Queen of New Orleans, a title officially bestowed by local officials. Also performing on stage this evening will be C.J. Chenier, a Creole vocalist and accordion player. Chenier is a
GRAMMY nominated artist following in the footsteps of his GRAMMY winning father Clifton Chenier, widely known as the King of Zydeco.
For almost 100 years, Miller Outdoor Theatre has been providing free cultural and educational events for the City of Houston and its visitors. It’s grown from a bandstand in Hermann Parkto a first-class professional theatre. If you want to arrive early, you can visit the nearby Houston Zoo, the McGovern Centennial Gardens, and the Houston Museum of Natural Science.
The Juneteenth concert will begin at 7:30 pm on June 19, 2018. It’s presented by Miller Outdoor Theatre, Houston Arts Alliance, The Ensemble Theatre, and Houston Museum of African American Culture, with support from the American Association of Retired Persons.
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