Gulf Coast Juneteenth

Photo by Debra Ham

As the heat climbs, nothing cools like great music. “Gulf Coast Juneteenth is a celebration of the African-American influence on the music of this area,” says Cissy Segall-Davis, Miller Outdoor Theatre’s managing director, who booked the amazing roster of soul and R&B artists, including iconic singer Mavis Staples, legendary bluesman Milton Hopkins and J Paul Jr’s Zydeco NuBreedz. “Pops Staples, Mavis’s father, once went to a Martin Luther King rally and famously said, ‘If he can preach it, we can sing it!’ And that makes not just for great gospel music, but for socially conscious soul singing.” Davis hopes Juneteenth feels “extra special,” because for the first time, Miller was given money by the National Endowment for the Arts. “You see people of all backgrounds out here, multi-generations of families, enjoying the show, shoulder to shoulder.”

7 p.m. Monday. 6000 Hermann Park. For information, call 281-373-3386 or visit milleroutdoortheatre.com. Free.
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