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The Annual Albany Juneteenth Celebration Enters It's Fourth Year
By: Albany Juneteenth
Albany Juneteenth Celebration enters its fourth year, highlighting the history, culture and contributions of people of the African Diaspora. Juneteenth (short for "June Nineteenth") honors the end to slavery in the United States and is considered the longest-running African American holiday.
Albany's celebration will coincide with Father's Day on Sunday, June 18th, and will feature the numerous small businesses, restaurants, artists, and non-profit organizations that make up the local community. This highly anticipated free event will provide a fun and memorable day for families from throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. The craft fair will begin at 10am, with music commencing at 11am.
"This year's theme is celebration, so we set out to create a lively, friendly street party atmosphere", stated Albany Juneteenth Artistic Director, Tiffany Austin. "We have so much to be grateful for, including our heritage and connection to one another. " A Berkeley Law JD, educator and vocalist, Austin expressed excitement about curating this year's performances.
The day will begin with a drumming workshop led by African Heritage Ensemble's Kwesi Anku at 11:00 AM, followed by a jazz/soul set by Austin's quartet at 11:30 AM. Performances continue with crossover classical group (r&b/hip hop infused) Keith and the KC Kids (12:00 PM), blues powerhouse Terrie Odabi (1:00 PM), jazz infused rock group Skip the Needle (2:00 PM); and Valerie Troutt's MoonCandy live house ensemble (3:00 PM). The day will conclude with Al Lazard and the World Street Players, a New Orleans funk group (4:00 PM).
Joining the planning committee is Kenya Moses, Speaker, Vocalist and Founder & CEO of Bay Area marketing firm, ConsciousMark. "I am committed to deepening the event's connection to the local community and look forward to providing the support for its success", stated Moses.
Robert Abrahms, long-time sponsor, planning committee member and owner of the Abrams Claghorn Gallery on Solano Avenue, shares, "The momentum for the event has gained year after year, and I'm excited to host the craft fair next door and the exhibition of Black artists in the gallery."
Activities for this year's event include an interactive African drumming workshop, food and craft vendors, live music, art exhibits and more.
To attend Albany Juneteenth, view activities and schedules, or to make a sponsorship or vendor inquiry, interested parties can visit the Albany Juneteenth website at http://www.albanyjuneteenth.com.
This year's sponsors include the City of Albany, Abrams Claghorn Gallery, ConsciousMark, and Con Alma Music.
Albany Juneteenth is an organization dedicated to sharing and celebrating the history, culture, contributions, and lives of people of African descent through community building arts events featuring local artisans, residents, and businesses.
Kenya Moses, Marketing Director