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6th Annual free Juneteenth Rhythm & Ribs Festival returns to Round Rock

“The Voice” Inc. and the City of Round Rock Parks and Recreation Department are joining forces again for the 6th annual Round Rock Juneteenth Rhythm and Ribs Festival at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 20, and a full day of entertainment starting at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 21, at the Lakeview Pavilion in Old Settlers Park located at 3300 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock, Texas.

The festivities begin on Friday, June 14 at 7:30 p.m. with a headlining performance by 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 rap’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.

The celebration continues Saturday, June 21 at 2 p.m. The barbeque cook-off participants will already have their pits fired up and meat cooking for judging starting at noon. At 3 p.m., the opening welcome from Round Rock Mayor Alan McGraw kicks off the day’s festivities.

The entertainment on Saturday includes the headliner, Less & The Funk Mob! The Funk Mob lay down an intense, groove-ridden funk and soul so old school it will take you back.  Then, they’ll bring you back with the undeniable sounds of today’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 Mob’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. 

There will also be carnival rides, games, health fair, specialty food, retail vendors and much, much more! Additionally, Round Rock Police Department will be hosting family activates for kids along with the U.S. Armed forces.

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.

To get more information about the Juneteenth celebration and to register for the barbeque contest or vendor booths, visit www.thevoicerr.com. Admission and parking for this event are free.

Friday, June 14, 2013 Entertainment Schedule:

7:30 p.m.  DJ Cut Creator
                All U Need 

Saturday, June 15, 2013 Entertainment Schedule:

2 p.m.      Festival Opens
2:45 p.m  UMOJA
3 p.m       Opening ceremonies/Proclamation by Mayor
3:30 p.m  One Way Baptist Church Choir
3:45 p.m  Judah Praise
4:30 p.m  BBQ Cook-off winners announced
5:30 p.m  Jazzopoly
8:30 p.m Less & The Funk Mob 

Posted: Monday, June 16, 2014

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