(photo: Phase 5, courtesy Phase 5)
Jackson College invites the community to celebrate Juneteenth with a free concert featuring hits from the ‘80s with a Tribute to Prince, with the Detroit R&B band, Phase 5 and local band Airtight. Event will be held on June 18 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. in the Riverwalk Amphitheater, downtown Jackson.
Phase 5 is an electrifying Detroit band that has developed a sound of smooth jazz mixed with a slamming “in your face” style of today’s hip hop and R&B. The group is known for its flashy, well-choreographed dance moves, as well as their glittering stage attire. Phase 5 knows how to offer the audience that great performance, offering them a mixture of “Old School” and the “Motown” sounds they love to hear. They will perform favorites by the late Prince and more.
Also performing will be the Jackson band Airtight, a soul and R&B group. The Juneteenth Celebration is a free community event hosted by the Jackson College Office of Multicultural Affairs. All are welcome to attend.
Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of freedom for African-Americans. It commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas and originated in Galveston in 1865. The observance of Juneteenth as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond. Today, Juneteenth commemorates African-American freedom and emphasizes achievement.