A Gulf Coast Juneteenth - Houston's Juneteenth Celebration will bring a stellar musical lineup to celebrate freedom and commemorate the abolition of slavery in Texas. Music fans will gather from across the region at Miller Outdoor Theatre, Houston's largest public outdoor theatre, on Saturday, June 19, 2010, to hear performances by noted artists representing the rich African American musical traditions of the Gulf Coast.
Funk, blues, jazz, brass band and zydeco will make up this dynamic roster. Performing this year is The Meters Experience with Leo Nocentelli (original member of the legendary New Orleans group The Meters), Soul Rebels Brass Band, and Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas.
Juneteenth ("Emancipation Day"), with its roots in Texas, is a historical observance growing in popularity across the Gulf Coast and the United States. Officially observed in 26 states, Juneteenth is the most significant historic event that originates from the Houston-Galveston region. It is honored in many of the same ways as July 4th - with family get-togethers, cookouts, religious gatherings, and live music. Juneteenth began on June 19, 1865 when Major General Gordon Granger read General Order No. 3 in Galveston, more than two months after the end of the Civil War, proclaiming "Slaves are free."
Houstonians are urged to strengthen the tradition of Juneteenth by coming to Hermann Park early on Saturday, June 19, 2010, to celebrate with family and coworkers. The park features 445 wooded acres with picnic tables and grills, along with fountains, gardens, statues, playgrounds for children and educational facilities, such as the Houston Museum of Natural Science and the Houston Zoo.
Miller Outdoor Theatre is located in Hermann Park at 6000 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, Texas, 77030. The address was formerly 100 Concert Drive, which may still be valid in GPS navigation systems and on-line maps. 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.
A Gulf Coast Juneteenth - Houston's Juneteenth Celebration, is produced by Houston Institute for Culture with support from the City of Houston through the Miller Theatre Advisory Board and the National Endowment for the Arts.
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