The city’s Juneteenth Festival is getting underway with pre festival activities starting this coming weekend. The entire community is invited to attend this incredible event, featuring a vendor marketplace, food court, a cultural stage, a parade, a book fair, children’s activities, historical exhibits, live music, dancing, and a ton more.
Saturday, June 18: Praise & Worship Service – 10 to Noon. Parade begins at 11:00 A.M. Sharp. The Parade starts at Genesee & Moselle Streets. The parade will proceed down Genesee into the park. The festivities in MLK park will follow until 8:00 P.M.
Other notable activities leading up to the festival include the Git On Da Bus tour (June 11 – Juneteenth Headquarters 1517 Genesee Street at 3:30pm), a time of reflection known as Sankofa Days (June 11-17), and tours of the Underground Railroad.
Drums, dance, hip hop, reggae, spoken word and the history of Juneteenth June 18 and 19 2016 @ MLK Park
Saturday, June 18:
Steel drums, Access to Afreeka, Miss Barbara’s Studio J tap dancers, history of Juneteenth play, Nnia, the African Cultural Center
Mohammed School of Music’s ‘Prince’ tribute, Top Notch Entertainment, blues band Touché and Rochester reggae juggernaut Ignite!
At 4:30pm, a special remembrance of the Harlem renaissance and paying homage to Buffalo’s Colored Muscians Club where many great Harlem musicians performed – portraying Cab Calloway, Lena Horn, Bessie Smith, Ella Fitzgerald, Josephine Baker, Nat King Cole, Billie holiday and world renown Harlem poets Countee Cullen, Langston Hughes and Claude McKay.
Sunday, June 19:
Purposed Music Gospel, Joy V’s Eclectic Soul , hip hop gospel artist Louie Flame, rising hip hop superstars Maddukez and Verdel, Fragrance (soul fusion!), Sistah Shaenia’s Bob Marley medley, Griot Nation poetess goodne$$, young hip hop mogul Kenisha Barrow, Smooth Mahogany Jazz, music prodigy Drew Nash, Buffalo’s own 4b-lo. Special guest Amon Rashidi.
To learn more about these events, and the inspirational festival, visit www.juneteenthofbuffalo.com