2014 Juneteenth Rhythm & Ribs Celebration
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 20, and a full day of entertainment from 2 p.m. to midnight Saturday, June 21, at the Lakeview Pavilion in Old Settlers Park.
Admission and parking for this event are free.
The festivities begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 20, with a headlining Music performance. Entertainment schedule coming soon.
The celebration continues at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 21. 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, Funk Mob.
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. TBA
Saturday, June 15
2 p.m. Festival Opens
3 p.m. TBA
3:30 p.m. TBA
4 p.m. Opening ceremonies/Proclamation by City Council
4:30 p.m. BBQ Cook-off winners announced
5 p.m. TBA
6 p.m. TBA
7 p.m. TBA
9 p.m. Funk Mob
About Funk Mob
The Funk Mob lay down an intense, groove-ridden funk and soul so old school it will take you back. Then, theyâ€™ll bring you back with the undeniable sounds of todayâ€™s hottest Top 40, hip-hop, R&B, and rock. This Texas based band contains a lineup of the most accomplished musicians playing in this genre anywhere. Known for its unparalleled stage performance and ability to connect and engage its crowd, The Funk Mob consistently pushes stylistic boundaries while embracing a treasured old school tradition. Anchored by a seamless rhythm lineup, and fronted with an ensemble of the most powerful, soulful, and smoothest vocals in the business, this team of funkmeisters unites for one multi-dimensional sound.
The Funk Mobâ€™s musicianship has enabled them to perform with greats like Patti LaBelle, Larry Braggs with Tower of Power, and Az Yet. The Funk Mob is setting new standards for excellence with its ever-growing fan base. Their inspiring, energetic and funky groove keeps the dance floor packed and the party rolling.
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.