This year, RCTV hosts not only its 6th Annual Black Music Month Celebration, it also commemorates the date 35 years ago, when President Jimmy Carter signed a decree declaring June to be Black Music Month. In 2009, President Barack Obama signed a decree renaming June African-American Appreciation Month, saying, “The legacy of African-American composers, singers, songwriters, and musicians is an indelible piece of our Nation’s culture. Generations of African Americans have carried forward the musical traditions of their forebears, blending old styles with innovative rhythms and sounds. They have enriched American music and captured the diversity of our Nation.”
This year, in celebration, RCTV will hold its Black Music Month Celebration at the Visual Studies Workshop located at 31 Prince Street off University Avenue from 7 to 10 PM. Headlining this special event will be jazz great and Grammy nominated saxophonist Jimmie Highsmith Jr. and his band. Spoken word artist Lu Highsmith will open the evening. In addition to fabulous music and dancing, you can indulge in great food and beverages, bid on items in a silent auction (the proceeds from the gifts listed here will go to help underwrite the creation of a new RCTV film July ’14), and use your free raffle tickets to take a chance on great gifts. Reserve your spot on or before May 25 and each person who registers will receive five additional free raffle tickets!
In addition to the fun and festivities, you’ll be among the first to discover who will be named the winner of RCTV’s Black Achievement Music Award, won last year by Mr. Highsmith.
Tickets for this amazing event are only $20, so come, invite your friends, and enjoy an evening on the town! To download the poster to share with friends, click here. To reserve your tickets, click the button below, or visit RCTV at 21 Gorham Street. If you have questions, please call (383) 325-1238. This event is open to the public, and all are welcome!