This weekend is the Juneteenth celebration in REO Town Lansing. This event will happen between 4pm and 10pm along South Washington Avenue. Juneteenth is a celebration of the emancipation of those who were enslaved in the United States.
Michael Austin, a musician who performs as MikeyyAustin and one of the main organizers behind the new REO Town event, was inspired to help organize the festival after growing up and regularly attending the annual Lansing Juneteenth Festival, a week’s worth of festivities celebrating Black culture that was founded in 1993. He has booked similar events in past years, including Black Arts Matter, a REO Town concert series boosting Black musicians and artists in February. “It taught me what Juneteenth was.
There will be a lot of Black music, featuring jazz, gospel, and hip-hop. Food and drinks will be served by many Black owned restaurants. You will also find local vendors booths, and some of the local shops will participate as well.
There will be a wide range of Black music through out the afternoon and evening, featuring local performers from Lansing and around the state. Some of those featured include Ozay Moore & Sareem Poems, Redwood, Sean Holland II, Mikeyy Austin, Jahshua Smith and Native Child will all be featured on the main stage. There will be DJ performances by Y’s Council and Bizzy B as well.
“This is an inclusive event”, Austin said. “It was primarily organized as a safe place for Black expression. If you are interested in this event you can find more details here.
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