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.
The festivities begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 16, with All U Need, followed by Cupid and the Dance Party Express at 9:30 p.m. See full entertainment schedule below.
The celebration continues at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 17 with opening ceremonies at 3:00 p.m.,and One Way Baptist Church Choir at 3:30 p.m.
The barbeque cook-off winners will be announced at 4:00 p.m.
The entertainment on Saturday kicks off at 5:30 p.m. with Soultree Collective, followed by Young Hub City at 7:00 p.m. and American Idol finalist, Savion at 9:00 p.m.
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
9:00 p.m. Cupid and the Dance Party Express
2:00 p.m. Festival Opens
9:00 p.m. Savion
More about Sāvion
Born in Galveston and raised on a ranch in small-town Texas, SĀVION became infatuated with music and began learning the upright bass at the age of eight. From there, he taught himself piano, guitar and a multitude of other instruments. To top it all off, he is also a talented whistler. He commands the stage with a powerful sound and raw emotion that draws the audience in from the first note. With a plethora of genres under his belt he has been likened to many mainstream artists.
He self-released his first EP titled “Breathing Underwater” in early 2014, after becoming a semi-finalist on FOX’s American Idol selling over 38,000 copies reaching the Top 10 Alternative charts on iTunes.
He collaborates with Los Angeles-based production trio Tryst (Warner-Chappell Music) and released an EP titled, “On Top of the World” in the summer of 2016. Opening for countless influential artists like Charlie Wilson, Andy Grammar, Keith Sweat, The Cab, Parachute, and NEEDTOBREATHE.
SĀVION plans to embark on a nationwide tour to share his vision, his voice, and recognition-worthy lyrics very soon.
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.