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. This year’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.
Houston’s Juneteenth Celebration is funded by the City of Houston through the Miller Theatre Advisory Board and Texas Commission on 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.