Houston's Juneteenth Celebration will commemorate the 150 year anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation at Miller Outdoor Theatre on June 19, 2013. Headlining this year's celebration will be legendary Zydeco artist C. J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band.
C.J. Chenier is the son of Clifton Chenier, a Grammy Award winning Creole music legend and pioneer of the modern Zydeco sound. C.J. took over leadership of his father's legendary band and severed as the front man since 1985. As a native of Port Arthur, Texas, C.J. was initially interested in funk and soul music in the 1970s and learned to play saxophone. He performed on sax in his fatherís band beginning in 1978 and developed his talent for accordion after his father invited him to take over the Red Hot Louisiana Band in 1985. C.J. has appeared on popular television shows, like the PBS music showcase "Austin City Limits", as well as VH1 and CNN. He has been a guest musician on nationally popular recordings, like Paul Simon's "The Rhythm of the Saints" and appeared before audiences reaching 60,000 at major festivals, including the Chicago Blues Festival.
Each year Houston's Juneteenth Celebration presents an exciting music lineup to celebrate Juneteenth, one of the region's most significant historic events, which commemorates the abolition of slavery in Texas. 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, 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.
Contact Houston Institute for Culture at 832-429-4432, or by email at email@example.com. Information and photos are available on Facebook at www.facebook.com/houstonjuneteenth.
Houston's Juneteenth Celebration, is produced by Houston Institute for Culture with support from the City of Houston through the Miller Theatre Advisory Board, Texas Commission on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts and Aramark.
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