The SJZ Boom Box will be one of the two stages at this year’s Juneteenth in the Park Festival. Come out with the family and celebrate this historic day with live music performances on the Boom Box stage curated by San Jose Jazz. The Main Stage will be hosted by Marcus Washington, an NBC Bay Area news anchor and the headliner for this stage is Brandy, a multi-platinum Grammy Award-winning R&B/pop singer, songwriter and actress.
This year’s theme, “Celebrating Sankofa”–which means “in order to understand our present and ensure our future, we must know our past”–will incorporate Silicon Valley’s African and African American culture with live entertainment, a “Soul Food Row,” arts and crafts vendors, health screenings, a community resource tent with more than 30 community-based organizations represented, and a youth area with games for all ages.
Featured on the SJZ Boom Box will be 2017 Summer Fest guitarist Isaiah. Known as “the blues prophet,” Isaiah is a local Bay Area artist who has the ability to “transport time back to the ’50s with an iconic sound that complements his classic look” (San Pedro Square Market blog).
Another artist to look out for on the Boom Box stage is guitarist Kenya B. Kenya B was the lead guitarist for British singer/songwriter and Grammy Award winner Joss Stone from 2006-2010. He has toured internationally and played for dignitaries including President Clinton and the British Royal Family. An Oakland native, Kenya B was immersed in the R&B and blues scene in its heyday. During that time, he played with some of the biggest names in the industry including Sly Stone, Larry Graham, Frankie Beverly and Maze, The Whispers, Tony!Toni!Tone! and many more.
Boom Box Lineup
4pm Kenya B
5:45pm Artist TBA
Main Stage Lineup
2pm Grand Opening
3pm Headliner – Brandy
Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. From its Galveston, Texas origin in 1865, the observance of June 19th as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond. Today Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. It is a day, a week, and in some areas a month marked with celebrations, guest speakers, picnics and family gatherings. It is a time for reflection and rejoicing. It is a time for assessment, self-improvement and for planning the future. Its growing popularity signifies a level of maturity and dignity in America long over due. In cities across the country, people of all races, nationalities and religions are joining hands to truthfully acknowledge a period in our history that shaped and continues to influence our society today. Sensitized to the conditions and experiences of others, only then can we make significant and lasting improvements in our society.
This is the African American Community Service Agency’s 37th year producing the Juneteenth in the Park Festival in San Jose with the partnership of our fiscal agency, Joyner Payne Youth Service Agency. Over the 37 years, the San Jose Juneteenth has an average over 10,000 people and entertainment has ranged from artist like Case, Jaguar Wright, Jon B., Reuben Studdard to groups like the Drifters with a wide range of local artists from rap/hip hop to R&B, gospel and jazz. A wide variety of food, art work, retailers, community services and local business has always been a major drawing card for the event. Their festivals always embrace educating the community on a diversity of information ranging from health to educational and financial wealth. They are a family-oriented festival with a variety of activities suitable for all ages.