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Sunday, May 31, 2015

2015 JUNETEENTH EVENTS: Bun-B, Slim thug, Devin The Dude, ZiRo, Paul Wall, Mike Jones, Scarface, Lil Flip, Lil Keke, and The Suffers are Scheduled for the 2015 Free Press Summer Fest


Saturday, June 6, 2015
HOUSTON, TEXAS

This event is not necessarily considered to be a "2015 Juneteenth Event" but on Saturday, June 6, 2015 from 5:30 P.M. through 6:50 P.M. “WELCOME TO HOUSTON” featuring: Bun-B, Slim Thug, Devin The Dude, Z-Ro, Paul Wall, Mike Jones, Scarface, Lil Flip, Lil Keke, and The Suffers will be on stage at the Free Press Summer Fest 2015. A few other artist/groups who will be performing at the 2015 Free Press Summer Fest are: Skrillex, R. Kelly, Weezer, Steve Angello, Major Lazer, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, St. Vincent, Flume, Chance The Rapper, Mastodon, Belle and Sebastian, The Decemberists, Tears for Fears, Band of Horses, Welcome to Houston, Gary Clark Jr., RL Grime, G-Eazy, Sturgill Simpson, Flogging Molly, Brandi Carlile, Odesza, Future Islands, Tove Lo, Tycho, Portugal. The Man, Lecrea, Rocket From The Crypt, GTA, The Sword, Glass Animals, Peaches, Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires, and Benjamin Booker. You can view the complete lineup by clicking hereThe 2015 FPSF will take place at Eleanor Tinsley Park. Doors open at 11:00 A.M. Click here to get tickets.



AUBREY R. TAYLOR:  “This year we’re celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the “JUNETEENTH” holiday. In case you don’t know, “JUNETEENTH” is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. This holiday commemorates African American freedom and places great emphasis on education and achievement. This page emphasizes events taking place in Houston, Texas for  “JUNETEENTH” and the “4TH OF JULY”. However, it also highlights events taking place in Galveston, Missouri City, other parts of Texas, and beyond. The Fourth of July, or Independence Day, is a federal holiday that celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.”


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We would like to thank the following individuals for finding value in "CELEBRATING" our "FREEDOM AND LIBERTY" during this special moment in "AMERICAN" history: Attorney Ben Hall (2015 Candidate for Mayor of Houston), Mayor Allen Owen (Mayor of Missouri City, Texas), Judge Loyd Wright (Judge for Harris County Probate Court #1), Attorney Farrah Martinez (Farrah Martinez P.L.L.C.), Justin Jordan (Founder of Patriot Group Strategies), Darvin Taylor (Founder of Champ Ready Mix), Attorney/Educator Carroll G. Robinson (2015 Candidate for City of Houston Controller), Bishop Anthony A. Allen & Matishe Allen (House of Home International Church), Bishop K.J. Brown & Priscilla Brown (Founders of Bishop K.J. Brown Ministries), and Victoria Lane (2015 Candidate for Mayor of Houston), and Captain Paul J. Matthews (Founder of the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum) are just a few of the people you can expect to see inside this historic edition.

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Saturday, June 6, 2015
HOUSTON, TEXAS



From 2:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. on Saturday, June 6, 2015 the 5th Annual Caribbean Heritage Month Festival will be taking place at Jones Plaza located at 600 Louisiana in Houston, Texas. You are invited to come out and celebrate National Caribbean American Heritage Month with The Caribbean American Heritage Foundation of Texas (CAHFT). This event promises to come complete with fabulous native music, exuberant cultural dancing, and much more. Click here for more information on The Caribbean American Heritage Month Festival.


Saturday, June 6, 2015
HOUSTON, TEXAS

This event is not necessarily considered to be a "2015 Juneteenth Event" but on Saturday, June 6, 2015 from 5:30 P.M. through 6:50 P.M. “WELCOME TO HOUSTON” featuring: Bun-B, Slim Thug, Devin The Dude, Z-Ro, Paul Wall, Mike Jones, Scarface, Lil Flip, Lil Keke, and The Suffers will be on stage at the Free Press Summer Fest 2015. A few other artist/groups who will be performing at the 2015 Free Press Summer Fest are: Skrillex, R. Kelly, Weezer, Steve Angello, Major Lazer, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, St. Vincent, Flume, Chance The Rapper, Mastodon, Belle and Sebastian, The Decemberists, Tears for Fears, Band of Horses, Welcome to Houston, Gary Clark Jr., RL Grime, G-Eazy, Sturgill Simpson, Flogging Molly, Brandi Carlile, Odesza, Future Islands, Tove Lo, Tycho, Portugal. The Man, Lecrea, Rocket From The Crypt, GTA, The Sword, Glass Animals, Peaches, Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires, and Benjamin Booker. You can view the complete lineup by clicking hereThe 2015 FPSF will take place at Eleanor Tinsley Park. Doors open at 11:00 A.M. Click here to get tickets.

Saturday, June 13, 2015
HOUSTON, TEXAS

A show being billed by the Texas Black Expo as the largest African-American empowerment festival in Texas will take place at Discovery Green in Downtown Houston. This show will be hosted by legendary old school R&B artists Keith Sweat & Chante Moore. The doors will open at 4:00 P.M. with the show starting at 6;00 P.M. PLEASE NOTE: This event is produced by Texas Black Expo, not by Discovery Green. For ticket information please visit: www.texasblackexpo.com. Discovery Green is located at 1500 McKinney in Houston, Texas.  Please click here for more information on this event. 

Saturday, June 13, 2015
HOUSTON, TEXAS

At 4:30 P.M. on Saturday, June 13, 2015 LL Cool J featuring DJ Z-Trip, Doug E. Fresh, Whodini, Big Daddy Kane, Scarface, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Grandmaster's Furious Five, Sugarhill Gang and Public Enemy will be taking part in the BOOM 92 KINGS OF THE MIC CONCERT: Tickets for this event range from: $125 GA Pit / $125, $79.50, $59.50 & $39.50. Reserved / $32.50 Lawn. Preferred parking is available at all Ticketmaster locations for $20 plus service charge. FREE guest parking is available in lighted and patrolled lots convenient to The Pavilion. Click here for more information on this event.

Friday, June 19, 2015
HOUSTON, TEXAS

On Friday, June 19, 2015 the KEVIN GARNER UA JUNETEENTH PARTY will be going down at the Last Concert Cafe, 1403 Nance Street in Houston. WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT: 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. DJ LP; @ 9:00 P.M. Mydolls Music @ 10:00 P.M.The Footnotes @ 11:00 P.M. Herschel Berry and the Natives. Then you can expect a little more DJ LP till it’s time to go home. Tickets for this event are $10.00 dollars at the door. All proceeds are going to Kevin's defense fund to fight Pancreatic Cancer.

Friday, June 19, 2015
HOUSTON, TEXAS

Doors will open at 8:00 P.M. on Friday, June 19, 2015 for you to enjoy a FREE event with the Texas Music Festival Orchestra / Lavard Skou Larsen, conductor / Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artist Competition Winner, soloist. More than 100 gifted musicians from around the world are showcased in this FREE concert. Preferred parking is available at all Ticketmaster locations for $10 plus service charge. FREE guest parking is available in lighted and patrolled lots convenient to The Pavilion. Click here for more information on parking for this event. You can click here for more general information on this event.

Friday, June 19, 2015
HOUSTON, TEXAS

From 5:30 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. a JAZZ MEETS JUNETEENTH CONCERT AND DINNER will be taking place at the Metropolitan CME Church located at 8955 South Freeway (288) in Houston, Texas. Join Metropolitan CME Church for their annual Jazz concert and Dinner. Events will start with a FREE Juneteenth Festival – scheduled to take place from 11:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. for the entire family to enjoy games, food and a youth jazz band. Their concert/dinner event are scheduled to begin at 5:30 P.M. You are also invited to join the Metropolitan CME Church for their Outdoor Cajun Style Barbecue and ready yourself for some of Houston's greatest Jazz music. (A ticketed program) at 7:30 P.M. will also be going on. The “FEATURED EVENING CONCERT” is scheduled to begin with popular jazz guitarist Joe Carmouche, Singer Andre James and Sax Man Kyle Turner as part of the lineup. Click here for more information on this event.

Friday, June 19, 2015
HOUSTON, TEXAS

At 7:00 P.M. on Friday, June 19, 2015 at Miller Outdoor Theatre, Houston's Juneteenth Celebration will be presenting 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 will gather from across the region at Miller Outdoor Theatre, which happens to be Houston's largest public outdoor theatre. Guests will hear performances by noted artists representing the rich African American musical traditions of the region, including blues, jazz, brass band, funk and zydeco. So for more information on this event please visit www.june19.org today!



Houston'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.

Trudy Lynn is a Houston legacy in Soul and Blues. Her 2014 album, Royal Oaks Blues Cafe, reached Number 1 on Billboard's Top Blues Albums Chart. Steve Krase and his band The In Crowd are award-winning Blues artists. Their latest recording, Buckle Up, features Trudy Lynn. The Peterson Brothers are rising stars in Blues, bringing a very young perspective to the music from Austin, Texas. Connection is an award-winning gospel group from Houston, Texas.

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.

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.

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.

Artist photos and bios are available by request. Additional information and event photos are available on Facebook at www.facebook.com/houstonjuneteenth.

Past performers have included many legends of American heritage and icons of Gulf Coast regional music: Allen Toussaint, Joe Sample Trio, The Meters Experience with Leo Nocentelli, C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, Rebirth Brass Band, Nathan Williams and the Zydeco Cha Chas, Geno Delafose and French Rockin' Boogie, Keith Frank and the Soileau Zydeco Band, Grady Gaines and the Texas Upsetters, Milton Hopkins and the Hit City Blues Band, Texas Johnny Brown and the Quality Blues Band, Trudy Lynn, Ruthie Foster, Diunna Greenleaf and Blue Mercy, Annika Chambers and the Houston All-stars, Sherman Robertson and the Crossroads Blues Band, Cory Ledet and his Zydeco Band, Paul "Lil' Buck" Sinegal, Les Amis Creole, David Batiste, Glen David Andrews, Soul Rebels Brass Band, Larry Fulcher, David de la Garza, Earl Gillium, I.J. Gosey, New Birth Brass Band, Lil' Brian and the Zydeco Travelers, Endurance and many more.

Saturday, June 20, 2015
HOUSTON, TEXAS

At 9:00 A.M on Saturday, June 20, 2015 the EMANCIPATION PARK “Juneteenth Parade” lineup will begin. The parade will start at the Texas Southern University Gym (at the corner of Wheeler and Ennis) at 10:00 A.M. and proceed to the Emancipation Celebration Music Festival at Project Row Houses. DETAILS: This event is FREE for: Bands, Drumlines, Dance Groups, Cheer & Step Teams, etc… and walking families, Strollers, wheelchairs, Handicapped, Non-motorized Bikes & Tricycles, etc…OTHERS, such as Motorcycles: $10:00 dollars each, Walking Non-Profits and Clubs: $25:00 dollars each, Cars, Vans and Trucks: $50:00 dollars each, and Corporate Sponsors and Floats: $150 each. The theme for this year is: “The Colors of Freedom!”

Houston’s Annual Juneteenth Parade, founded in 1973, by Rev. C. Anderson Davis and the National Emancipation Association, is the longest continuously running parade honoring African American freedom in history. This is a people’s parade, featuring anyone who wants to participate, walkers, strollers, wheelchairs, bikes will be joined by Floats, Western Wagons, Trail Riders and Marching Bands from Houston area high schools and colleges. This year’s parade is hosted and coordinated by the Friends of Emancipation Park. Emancipation Park’s historic 2015 Juneteenth Emancipation Celebration marks the 152nd anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation; the 150th year since the slaves in Texas were informed of their freedom; 143rd celebration in Emancipation Park (currently hosted by Friends of Emancipation Park) and the 42nd year of central Houston Juneteenth Parades! For more information on this event visit www.junteenthfest.com or call (832)598-7469.

Saturday, June 20, 2015
HOUSTON, TEXAS

On Saturday, June 20, 2015 from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. State Representative Sylvester Turner’s Acres Homes Juneteenth Parade is scheduled to begin at W. Montgomery Road at Wilburforce Street and proceed north on W. Montgomery Road, then west on Dolly Wright Avenue, and conclude on Dolly Wright Avenue between Sandle Street and Price Street. The staging area for the parade is the Acres Homes Multi-Service Center parking lot on Knox Street between Homer Street and Wilburforce Street. The disbanding area will be the Greater Zion Missionary Baptist Church parking lot on Dolly Wright Avenue between Sandle Street and Price Street. Click here for a complete list of City of Houston Parade and Street Functions scheduled to take place during the month of June. 

Saturday, June 20, 2015
HOUSTON, TEXAS

From 2:00 P.M. to 3:30 P.M. on Saturday, June 20, 2015, The African American Library at the Gregory School will be hosting a "Donor Appreciation Event" celebrating Juneteenth. As you already know, Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. The African American Library at the Gregory School will be taking a look back at what they’ve accomplished, but also ahead as they continue to strive for purpose and creativity. This event will honor the self-determination of our ancestors and thank the
amazing donors who make The African American Library at the Gregory School possible.
The guest speaker for this event will be Professor Angela Holder, a Social and Behavioral Sciences, Professor at Houston Community College. Professor Holder will discuss the Camp Logan Mutiny/Houston Riot of 1917. A reception will follow. Click here for more information. The African American Library at the Gregory School is located at 1300 Victor Street in Houston, Texas 77019. If you would like more information on the “Donor Appreciation Event” call: 832-393-1440. For information about meeting rooms at The African American Library at the Gregory School, please call 832-393-1646.

Friday, June 26, 2015
HOUSTON, TEXAS

The Al Edwards Juneteenth Tennis Classic will take place from Friday, June 26, 2015 through Sunday, June 28, 2015. This event is organized by Juneteenth USA. For more information call (713)741-8800. Entries for this event will close on Monday June 15, 2015 at 11:59 PM (Central Time). DIVISIONS: Men's Singles & Doubles: Open,35-80; Women's Singles & Doubles: Open,35-75; Mixed Doubles: Open,35,45,55; NTRP Men's & NTRP Women's Singles & Doubles: 2.5-5.0; and NTRP Mixed Doubles: 2.5-5.0.

Saturday, June 27, 2015
HOUSTON, TEXAS

On Saturday, June 27, 2015 from 8:30 P.M. to 10:30 P.M. the Montrose Diversity Celebration Parade is scheduled to take place. The parade begins at the intersection of Dunlavy Street at Westheimer and will proceed east on Westheimer and disbands at Montrose. The staging area for the parade will be on Woodhead between Westheimer and W. Alabama, Hazard between Westheimer and W. Alabama, Harold between McDuffie and Dunlavy, Kipling between Hazard and Dunlavy and Marshall between Hazard and Dunlavy. The disbanding area will be on Westheimer between Montrose towards Taft for large floats, Stanford towards W. Alabama for vehicles, and Stanford towards Pacific Street for walking participants. Click here for a complete list of City of Houston Parade and Street Functions scheduled to take place during the month of June. For more information on the Montrose Diversity Celebration Parade call Rick Higdon at: (832)523-1844.


MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Fireworks will ignite the sky, and country tunes will set the stage for Houston’s signature annual patriotic celebration, Southwest Airlines Freedom Over Texas from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 4 at the newly renovated Eleanor Tinsley Park (CLICK HERE FOR LOCATION) on Buffalo Bayou (along Allen Parkway). Prolific singer-songwriter and Houston son, Clint Black and double-platinum-selling singer, songwriter Josh Turner will headline the 29-year-old annual event on the Southwest Airlines Stage that will culminate with a spectacular fireworks display by CITGO. 

This year’s festivities include the Walmart All-American Kids Zone, a children’s entertainment area with a stage featuring entertainment for young and old, alike; the Bud Light Lime-A-Rita Beach Bash, featuring the American Beer Garden and a fun in the sun good time; the Dr Pepper One of a Kind Zone, featuring Houston professional sport team set-ups, music, food, and a salute to all 5 branches of the military; and ending the evening with an exciting fireworks finale sponsored by CITGO. New this year is the US Family Health Plan Backstage Pass; see what takes place behind the scenes via live streaming on abc.comUS Family Health Plan is a product of CHRISTUS Health. 



Southwest Airlines Freedom Over Texas will further expand the availability of recycling receptacles to make it easier for attendees to recycle. The City of Houston is committed to supporting green initiatives and promoting sustainability. 

The Houston Parks & Recreation Department regulations prohibit dogs, amphibians, reptiles and snakes that are considered dangerous. Therefore, we require the ban of all such animals. This does not include Seeing Eye dogs or other dogs that provide assistance to physically challenged individuals. No smoking allowed in any City of Houston park interior and exterior spaces/facilities. 


Freedom Over Texas is one of the signature events produced by the Mayor's Office of Special Events. The City of Houston Mayor's Office of Special Events (MOSE) produces and permits events for the City of Houston. City-wide and neighborhood festivals, dedications, inaugurations, parades, tree plantings, fun runs, galas, ground-breakings, holiday celebrations are examples of events coordinated by this office.



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