Middletown Art Center (MAC) Hosts June 19th Celebration – The Bloom

Join the Middletown Art Center (MAC) for their second annual JUNETEENTH celebration – featuring live music, local artists, delicious food and drink on June 19 from 7-10 p.m. Celebrate emancipation, freedom and triumph through the power of the arts with another incredible evening of live music and dance, outdoors at the MAC. It’s also a great way to celebrate with your favorite dad, as Father’s Day and June 16 fall on the same day this year!

The evening’s lineup includes acclaimed musicians, most of whom currently live in Lake County! Singer-songwriter Gloria Scott, who has reached the Top 20 on numerous charts, will lead the vocals. She will feature a song from her new album as well as songs from her past work and R&B classics. Scott will be backed by a stellar group of musicians, including bassist/guitarist Robert Watson who played guitar for James Brown in 2006 and the James Brown Band later, as well as Joss Stone and Tupac Shakur; Drummer Billy Johnson has performed with Santana and Spice Girls among others; multi-talented musician and one-man-band Howard Dockens will play guitar; and funk, R&B and eclectic jazz musician Lynn Bryant will be on keyboards.

Tickets are available at the door and online for $15. Children under 14 are free. School-age children $5. Dads get their first drink FREE with the kids in attendance or a photo with the kids that can be pinned to the wall at the MAC or shared digitally with a ‘record’ at the MAC on Facebook.

The Mountain Goddess Dinner will be available for purchase and will include organic chicken or vegetable skewers with sides of red beans and rice, cornbread, collard greens, red coleslaw and a Southern-style watermelon/tomato salad ($25), or a rice and protein bowl with red coleslaw or tomato and watermelon salad ($15). Dessert and drinks will be available for purchase separately.

Learn more and pre-order your dinner and/or tickets and skip the line at www.middletownartcenter.org/events.

Juneteenth – also called “Freedom Day” – commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. It has been celebrated by communities across the United States since the late 1800s. June 19 – “Juneteenth”, was declared a federal holiday in 2021 by President Biden and is rightly celebrated as the second day of the independence of our country.

Although the Emancipation Proclamation was signed by President Lincon in 1862, enforcement relied on traveling Union soldiers visiting the plantations and delivering the news of freedom, which was a slow process. The westernmost Confederate territory of Galveston, Texas, which included 250,000 people still enslaved, was the last to receive the news. Freedom – and enforcement – finally reached the people of the region’s last town and the United States, on June 19, 1865.

This Juneteenth, come to the MAC for an energetic and engaging evening of Rhythm and Blues, Funk and community celebration! Doors open at 7am with a dance playlist. Gloria Scott will sing inspirational gospel in an intimate performance around 7:30 p.m. The group joins her around 8 p.m.

The MAC is located at 21456 State Hwy 175 at the corner of Highway 29 in Middletown. Learn more about MAC and join them in weaving the arts into the fabric of life in Lake County at www.middletownartcenter.org or call 707-809-8118.

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