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Houston's Juneteenth Celebration

Jun 19, 2011
7 p.m.

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Glen David Andrews

Highlighting this year’s Juneteenth Celebration at Miller are musical performances and from the Glen David Andrews Band and Corey Ledet and his Zyceco Band, both rising stars from New Orleans, Louisiana.

Glen David Andrews will bring his lively New Orleans jazz and brass band sound to Miller.  He appears in two seasons of HBO’s “Tremé”, and in numerous documentaries,including Lolis Eric Elie’s “Faubourg Tremé: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans” and SpikeLee’s “When the Levees Broke”.

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Corey Ledet

Corey Ledet and His Zydeco Band will present the rural Creole zydecomusic that is always a hit with Houston audiences.

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Texas Johnny Brown and His Quality Blues Band

Also performing will be Houston legend Texas Johnny Brown, famed for his work as a band leader and session musician for Houston's Duke Peacock records.

During music breaks, the audience will be treated to short readings by young poets who were featured in the “Space City Slam: Grand Slam 2011” Houston competition and who will go on to national competition.

Juneteenth (“Emancipation Day”), with its roots in Galveston, Texas, is a historical observance growing in popularity across the Gulf Coast and the United States.

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.” Juneteenth spread to Houston, where it has been celebrated annually for nearly 150 years.

This is a ticketed event for the covered seating area. Free tickets are available (4 per person over age 16 while they last) at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office the day of the performance between the hours of 10:30am-1pm. If tickets remain at 1pm, the box office will re-open one hour before show time to distribute the remaining tickets. As always, open seating on the hill.

Produced by Houston Institute for Culture

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