The Voice Inc. and the City of Round Rock Parks and Recreation Department are joining forces again for the 9th annual free Round Rock Juneteenth Rhythm and Ribs Festival from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Friday, June 16, and a full day of entertainment from 2 p.m. to midnight Saturday, June 17, at the Lakeview Pavilion in Old Settlers Park Lakeview Pavilion. Admission and parking for this event are free.
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The festivities begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 16, with Cupid and the Dance Party Express back by popular demand! See full entertainment schedule below. The celebration continues at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 17. The barbeque cook-off participants will already have their pits fired up and meat cooking for judging starting at 12 noon.
At 3 p.m., the opening welcome from Round Rock Mayor kicks off the day’s festivities. The entertainment on Saturday includes the headliner, TBA.
There will also be a health fair, moonwalks, clowns, games, food, retail vendors and much, much more!
To get more information about the Juneteenth Festival and to register for the barbeque contest or vendor booths, visit www.thevoicerr.com.
The 9th Annual Juneteenth Rhythm and Ribs Festival is proudly sponsored by 95.9 RnB Austin Radio.
Friday, June 16
Cupid and the Dance Party Express
Saturday, June 17
More about New Cupid and the Dance Party Express
In 2007, Bryson “Cupid” Bernard shuffled his way into the hearts of millions with the up-tempo party song “Cupid Shuffle,” which also inspired the popular dance craze of the same name. From appearances on nationally syndicated TV and radio talk shows such as Dr. Oz, Steve Harvey and Tom Joyner to breaking the Guinness Book of World Records in 2008 for the largest line dance assembled with over 17k people, Cupid has virtually reshaped dance music and created an entirely new genre.
When the Lafayette, LA native composed “Cupid Shuffle” he had no idea that the song or he would turn into a global entertainment phenomenon taking his talents to distant lands like Dubai and Germany. “It still amazes me that my music has resonated with so many different kinds of people,” says Cupid. “Music is truly a universal language because it unites individuals of different ages, cultures, backgrounds and beliefs with a single purpose of having a good time, at least that’s my goal. I want to lifts spirits and change the way people feel when they hear a Cupid record.” Given the culturally rich melting pot environment Cupid was raised in, his sound is Blues-influenced, Rock-influenced, Soul-influenced, Gospel-influenced and Hip-Hop-influenced. It’s no wonder his brand is able to effortlessly transcend racial and generational boundaries.
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.