Concert for Juneteenth Set for Hollywood Bowl, featuring the roots, Robert Glasper and more

There’s a concert planned for Juneteenth at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, which will feature a number of big names. June 16, of course, is the date (and newly blessed US federal holiday) celebrating the official emancipation of American slaves, setting them free.

Ready to play for the show, doubled Juneteenth: A Global Celebration of Freedom, are Earth, Wind & Fire, Robert Glasper, Mickey Guyton, Anthony Hamilton, the Roots, Jhené Aiko, Killer Mike (of Run the Jewels), Billy Porter and an all-black symphony. The musical director for the event is recent Oscar winner Questlove of the Roots.

The event will mark the first time an all-black orchestra has performed at the Hollywood Bowl in its 101-year history. The conductors will be Thomas Wilkins and Derrick Hodge.

The show will be produced by Live Nation Urban and Jesse Collins Entertainment, with participation from the LA Philharmonic. The show is scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m. PT and it was recently announced that CNN will air the show on June 19 starting at 8 p.m. ET. Ticketing information is available HERE.

Chris Licht, President and CEO of CNN Worldwide, said, “I am thrilled that CNN is broadcasting this historic event for our viewers around the world to celebrate and understand the significance of Juneteenth.

“Our commitment to amplifying black voices and those of other marginalized groups is paramount to remaining the global news leader,” said Johnita P. Due, senior vice president of CNN Worldwide and chief diversity, equity and inclusion. “Through musical performances and thoughtful storytelling, we will embody the excellence and resilience of the black community in the continued pursuit of freedom and social justice.”

“This is the biggest event we’ve ever produced at Live Nation Urban,” added Live Nation Urban President Shawn Gee. “This is a time to celebrate and reflect on Black independence and the Black experience. It is also a time to raise awareness and shed light on the miles we still have to go to achieve true equity.

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