Round Rock to Celebrate Juneteenth at Old Settlers Park
â€śThe Voiceâ€ť Inc. and the City of Round Rock Parks and Recreation Department are joining forces again for the 5th annual free Round Rock Juneteenth Rhythm and Ribs Celebration at 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Friday, June 14, and a full day of entertainment from 2 p.m. to midnight Saturday, June 15, at the Rabb Pavilion in Old Settlers Park.
Admission and parking for this event are free.
The festivities begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 14, with a headlining performance by DJ Cut Creator.
The celebration continues at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 15. The barbeque cook-off participants will already have their pits fired up and meat cooking for judging starting at 1 p.m.
At 4 p.m., the opening welcome from Round Rock Mayor Pro-Tem Kris Whitfield kicks off the dayâ€™s festivities. The entertainment on Saturday includes the headliner, The Sonia Moore Experience!
There will also be carnival rides, clowns, games, food, retail vendors and much, much more!
To get more information about the Juneteenth celebration and to register for the barbeque contest or vendor booths, visit www.thevoicerr.com.
Friday, June 14
7:30 p.m. DJ Cut Creator
All U Need
Saturday, June 15
2 p.m. Festival Opens
3 p.m. One Way Baptist Church
3:30 p.m. Judah Praise Dancers
4 p.m. Opening ceremonies/Proclamation by City Council
4:30 p.m. BBQ Cook-off winners announced
5 p.m. Shining Starz
6 p.m. Jazzopoly
7 p.m. Lucky Envelope Draw
9 p.m. The Sonia More Experience
About DJ Cut Creator
For more than 25 years as a Deejay, Jay was voted one of the top 25 Hip Hop DJ's of all time by "Newsweek" magazine. Cut Creator is a legendary icon in the Hip Hop Industry, and as the right hand for one of Hip Hop's mega stars LL Cool J who also coined the famous phrase ... "WHAT'S MY DJ'S NAME...CUT CREATOR" which became one of rapâ€™s best known lyrics of all time on the "Rock the Bells" single.
Cut Creator is not only LL's D.J., Hypeman, and Musical Director, he is also an actor, radio personality & programmer, and mixer & producer. Cut and LL launched and completed many world tours together and appeared in films like the movie classic "Krush Groove.". LL Cool J wrote a tribute song for DJ Cut Creator called "Go Cut Creator Go" which gained a huge buzz and was number three on the Billboard Hot Black Singles chart and number six on the U.K charts. They performed on numerous television shows such as "The BET Music Awards", "The MTV & VH1 Video Music Awards", "The Soul Train Music Awards", "The Source Awards", "The Grammys", "The American Music Awards", "Saturday Night Live", "106 & Park", "David Letterman", "Jimmy Kimmel Live", "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and many, many more. When Cut Creator isn't touring worldwide with LL, he is traveling state-to-state and country-to-country performing at clubs, venues and on celebrity tours. He has also made numerous guest appearances on various television, radio and hosting shows throughout the U.S, Caribbean, Europe, Africa and Asia.
About The Sonia Moore Experience
Known to her intimates as one of the music industry's best-kept secrets, the lovely, vivacious and insanely talented Ms. Sonia Moore is a native of Houston, Texas and has been singing since she was a member of The New Sunrise Baptist Church Choir at the tender age of 6 years old.
To her credit, the irrepressible Ms. Moore has under her belt 7 television appearances on hit shows such as Rick Dees, Arsenio Hall, American Music, "Out All Night" which starred newcomer Vivica A. Fox and seasoned songstress Ms. Patti LaBelle, Saturday Night Live, Party Machine, and a TV appearance VIA Satellite in Italy. Sonia has been featured on MC Hammer's videos, "2 Legit 2 Quit" and "Gaining Momentum". Her vocal talents have been featured on both of the aforementioned videos for MC Hammer as well as a feature spot on a single with Houston rapper "3-2". She also had a feature vocal spot on Doug E Fresh's "Make love Tonight". Sonia has 6 world Tours to her credit, touring with artists such as B Angie B, Jodeci, TLC, Boyz II Men, Johnnie Gil as well as Hammer's "2 Legit 2 Quit" tour.
The History of Juneteenth
Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the emancipation of slavery in the state of Texas. Historically, the celebration falls on June 19th and commemorates the day in 1865 that Texans were told by Union troops that the Civil War had ended and that all slaves were now freed. Though the Emancipation Proclamation became official on January 1, 1863, there was little impact on the lives of Texans until 1865.
Today, Juneteenth celebrates African American freedom while encouraging self-development and respect for all cultures.
Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2013