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Tuesday, June 19 2018

7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Jun 19, 2018 7:30 p.m.

Celebrate Miller’s beloved blues and creole music festival on Juneteenth with HMAAC's Walk to Freedom and Red Drink Fountain, followed by a dramatic reading of the Emancipation Proclamation, and a sampling of musical numbers from The Ensemble Theatre's Sistas: The Musical. CJ Chenier & The Red Hot Louisiana Band will take the stage, warming things up for the Soul Queen of New Orleans, Irma Thomas!

Also gracing the stage will be zydeco legend C.J. Chenier, delivering a soulful vocal and accordion performance!  Chenier, a GRAMMY® nominated renowned musician and recording artist, has performed alongside many internationally recognized artists including his GRAMMY® awarded father, Clifton Chenier “The King of Zydeco”, Paul Simon, Joe Sample and Ray Parker, Jr., The Gin Blossoms, and John Mayall. 


Sistas: The Musical 

Five friends find solace in their sisterly bond and take a musical and historical journey through the songs that were anthems marking social change, and that resonated with the thoughts and emotions of women all over the world. This play parallels the story of African-American women and their emerging sense of empowerment. A selection of three songs will be performed after the reading of the Emancipation Proclamation.

Opening night for the full performance is on June 28 and runs until July 29 ath The Ensemble Theatre.


HMAAC'S Walk to Freedom & Pamela Council's Red Drink Temporary Fountain


March to Freedom

5:45-6:30 pm

HMAAC’s 6th Annual Walk to Freedom honoring the historical travel of freed slaves from Galveston to establish Freedmen’s Town in Fourth Ward Houston. After a program on Juneteenth at the museum during which they are given tickets to the Miller Outdoor Theater concert, celebrants walk to Miller Outdoor Theater for the reading of the Emancipation Proclamation and concert.

Pamela Council’s RED DRINK Temporary Fountain

4:00-7:00 pm

Continuing Council’s series begun in 2016 to celebrate Juneteenth and honor the ancestors, an outdoor fountain is filled with a celebratory drink at Miller Outdoor Theater. Pour out a little Big Red and toast to freedom. Join us in this offering to the ancestors. Sticky, sweet, nostalgic, restorative!!

This is a ticketed event for the covered seating area. Free tickets are available (4 per person over age 16 while they last) at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office the day of the performance between the hours of 10:30 AM-1:00 PM. If tickets remain at 1:00 PM, the box office will re-open one hour before show time to distribute the remaining tickets. As always, open seating on the hill. The shows goes on rain or shine.

With support from:


Presented by Miller Outdoor Theatre, Houston Arts Alliance, The Ensemble Theatre, and Houston Museum of African American Culture

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