An all-star lineup has been announced for a Juneteenth concert at the Hollywood Bowl, led by The Roots, Killer Mike, Earth, Wind & Fire.
The concert, dubbed “Juneteenth: A Global Celebration of Freedom”, will commemorate 157 years since the liberation of Black people in the United States.
The lineup also features Mickey Guyton, Billy Porter, Jhené Aiko, Questlove, Robert Glasper, Mary Mary, Michelle Williams, Anthony Hamilton, the Debbie Allen Dance Academy, and the Re-Collective Orchestra. Questlove and Adam Blackstone will serve as the musical directors of the event.
Tickets are currently available for purchase at the venue’s site. For those who are unable to attend the show in person, “Juneteenth: A Global Celebration for Freedom” will also be broadcast live on CNN and hosted by anchor Don Lemon.
“This is the most important event we’ve ever produced at Live Nation Urban. It’s a moment to celebrate and reflect on Black independence and the Black experience. It’s also a moment to raise awareness and shine light on the miles we still need to travel to true equity. We hope to see you there,” Live Nation Urban President Shawn Gee said in a statement.
Juneteenth is a federal holiday that commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans. It is also often observed for celebrating African-American culture. Last year, President Joe Biden signed a bill creating Juneteenth National Independence Day.
It commemorates June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers brought the news of freedom to enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas, two months after the Confederacy had surrendered. Originating in Galveston, Texas, it has been celebrated annually on June 19 in various parts of the United States since 1865.
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