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The Verses Juneteenth Freedom Concert

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Saturday, June 22, 2013 from 8:00 PM to 11:30 PM (EDT)

Richmond, VA

The Verses Juneteenth Freedom Concert

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The City of Richmond Parks, Recreation & Community Facilities, The Black History Museum, and Tuesday Verses presents "The Verses Juneteenth Freedom Celebration," Saturday, June 22, 2013 at the historic Speakeasy, doors at 8pm.  Featuring performances by The Tuesday Verses Crew, The Fuzz Band, Ezibu Muntu Dance Company, Sunni Patterson, and local singer Anhayla!   

 

A little about Juneteenth   

 

Juneteenth is the oldest celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.  Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.  Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19ththat the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation - which had become official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance. ( http://www.juneteenth.com/history.htm)

 

A little about Verses

The critically acclaimed and award winning VERSES: THE OPEN MIC EXPERIENCE presented by Upside Marketing, is Richmond Virginia’s longest running poetry event, and the base of the Verses crew consisting of poets, lyricists, and singers. Verses has been featured in almost every major news magazine in the city of Richmond from the cover of the Richmond Times Dispatch, to the featured pages of Style weekly (an award winning local entertainment magazine). With the critical acclaim and growing fan base Verses has expanded. You can experience the movement in Richmond, Virginia and Washington D.C.! The amount of creativity, love and inspiration that can be found at Verses venues has been the reason for the overwhelming success of the event, and has developed into a recognized brand and expanding movement that includes a live music

 

 and television show called WELL VERSED (scheduled to air on the CW September 2013, a once a year cultural event called THE RICHMOND BLOCK PARTY (in association with Ezibu Muntu Dance Company), and our soon to launch VERSES ON CANVAS fine arts series. (www.everythingverses.com)

 

A little about Sunni Patterson

More than a poet, more than a singer, more than an emcee--it's not just what she says, it's how she says it.  Emerging from the musical womb that is New Orleans, Mother, Wife, Artist and Visionary, Sunni Patterson, combines the heritage and tradition of her Native town with an enlightened modern world view to create music and poetry that is timeless in its groove.  Sunni has been a featured performer many of the Nation's premier spoken word venues, including HBO's Def Poetry Jam and BET’s Lyric Cafe.  She has also had the privilege of speaking at the Panafest in Ghana, West Africa, as well as sharing her work on several other international stages. Armed with an engaging story, voice, and presence, Sunni is a highly sought after lecturer and performance artist across the U.S. and abroad. (www.sunnipatterson.com)

 

A little about Ezibu Muntu

Ezibu Muntu African Dance and Cultural Foundation began as a student organization at Virginia Commonwealth University in 1973.  Founder, Tanya Dennis, a dance professor at VCU, recognized a need for multicultural enrichment in the Richmond Community.  She particularly wanted to help the African American students find a sense of ancestral pride and self-esteem.  After maintaining status as a university based group, Ezibu decided they could better serve the community with a larger not for profit organization aimed at educating the community about African customs and traditions.  In 1984, Ezibu established itself and has been exciting and educating audiences for over 25 years. (www.ezibumuntu.org)

 

A little about The Fuzz Band 

The Fuzz Band, whose sound is a fusion of Urban & Rock music, met and formed while attending Hampton University.  Originally created as the house band for Fuzzy Wednesday, a Virginia based open mic, the band soon began collaborating on original music and developing their own sound.  Performing first at local venues and colleges, the band soon released a project called “Without Boundaries,” followed by “Collision,” “Change” and “Change of Guards.”  The Fuzz was featured in the Hollywood Issues of Black Enterprise Magazine, and has received nods in Rolling Stone and Spin Magazine for their Chrysler Jeep Campaign.  The band has performed with Grammy award winning artists such as Alicia Keys, Lauryn Hill, Chicago, Jill Scott and Outkast.  They have been commissioned to perform private parties for the NBA’s Allen Iverson, Hall of Fame-r Bruce Smith, and were flown to Amsterdam and NYC to perform holiday parties for fashion mogul Tommy Hilfinger.  (www.thefuzzband.com)

 

A little about Anhyala

 

Anhayla (Ahn-hey-lah), is a Virginia native, songstress, writer and guitarist whose sounds have captured the heart and minds of her fans.  She has performed nationwide at such places as Carnegie Ha,ll in New York City, the Landmark Theatre in Richmond, Virginia, the French Embassy in Washington D.C, The Richmond Jazz Festival, The Carib Culture Unity Festival, the 102nd NAACP National Convention in Los Angeles, and numerous Universities. Also, Anhayla has shared the stage with national acts such as Chrissette Michelle, Cedric the Entertainer, K. Michelle, Future, Pusha T, Rum, Kendrick Lamar, and Lisa Lavie.  Her sound is an infusion of R&B, Soul and Rock.  Anhayla’s works include her EP “U.G.L.Y.” (2012), her mixtape “My First” (2012), and her single “Call Me Selfish” (2011).

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The Speakeasy
526 N. 2nd Street
Richmond, VA 232219

Saturday, June 22, 2013 from 8:00 PM to 11:30 PM (EDT)


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Everything Verses

The critically acclaimed and award winning VERSES: THE OPEN MIC EXPERIENCE presented by Upside Marketing, is Richmond Virginia’s longest running poetry event, and the base of the Verses crew consisting of poets, lyricists, and singers.  Verses has been featured in almost every major news magazine in the city of Richmond from the cover of the Richmond Times Dispatch, to the featured pages of Style weekly (an award winning local entertainment magazine).  With the critical acclaim and growing fan base Verses has expanded.  You can experience the movement in Richmond, Virginia and Washington D.C.!   www.everythingverses.com

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