Join the 30th Annual Juneteenth Celebration on June 18 at Virginia Avenue Park

You are invited to join LaVerne Ross, the City of Santa Monica, and the Juneteenth Celebration Committee for an afternoon of music, unique food and craft vendors, and local resources to mark the 30th Annual Juneteenth celebration to be held at Virginia Avenue Park.

For the event’s third decade, the main stage will feature a stellar lineup of musicians emceed by KJLH’s Aaron "Bobo" Arnelle and DJ Shell. Chazz Ross will open the celebration with his traditional drum call. Also on hand will be three-time Grammy award winner jazz singer-songwriter Dee Dee Bridgewater, sponsored in part by the Broad Stage. Plan to see contemporary jazz saxophonist Mike Phillips. He combines smooth, romantic riffs with a funky, hip-hop-influenced sound.

American all-female pop/R&B band KLYMAXX composed of sole founder Bernadette Cooper and members Lorena Porter Shelby, Cheryl Cooley, Robbin Grider, Lynn Malsby, and Joyce "Fenderella" Irby are slated to perform as is local favorite Block Party Band.The day will close with dance by Teresa Smith.

Thirty years ago, LaVerne Ross approached the City to commemorate a holiday that her family celebrated in Texas. Juneteenth is known as America’s second Independence Day, the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. The first Juneteenth in Santa Monica was held in 1992 as a small observance. Over the years, thanks to LaVerne’s dedication and leadership, the event has grown into an important annual tribute that brings together Santa Monica’s Black community.

In March 2022, the Santa Monica City Council designated Juneteenth as an official City holiday, one year after President Biden acknowledged Juneteenth nationally.

Juneteenth is made possible by the Juneteenth Celebration Committee, the Broad Stage, Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division, and The City of Santa Monica.

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