An inaugural Juneteenth concert at the Hollywood Bowl featuring Michelle Williams, Anthony Hamilton, Yolanda Adams, Chaka Khan, and other prominent Black artists will air live on CNN.
The June 19 event titled “Juneteenth: A Global Celebration for Freedom” also includes performances by Billy Porter, Khalid, Earth, Wind & Fire, Jhené Aiko, Killer Mike, Lucky Daye, Mary Mary, Mickey Guyton, Robert Glasper, the Debbie Allen Dance Academy, and The Roots.
The Re-Collective Orchestra, a 68-piece all-Black symphony orchestra, will additionally take the stage. According to a press release from Live Nation, this is the first time an all-Black orchestra will perform at the Hollywood Bowl.
Former First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver special remarks during the televised event, according to CNN. Adam Blackstone and Oscar-winning director Questlove are serving as musical directors of the concert.
The event is produced in partnership with a team of Black creatives from Live Nation Urban and Jesse Collins Entertainment at the helm.
“This is the most important event we’ve ever produced,” Live Nation Urban President Shawn Gee said in a statement. “It’s a moment to celebrate and reflect on Black independence and the Black experience. It’s also a moment to raise awareness and shine light on the miles we still need to travel to true equity. We hope to see you there.”
“Juneteenth: A Global Celebration of Freedom” will take place in Los Angeles on Sunday, June 19. The broadcast starts at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET. Tickets can be purchased here.
Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, the day enslaved people in Texas learned about the Emancipation Proclamation, two and a half years after it was signed, marking the end of slavery in the U.S.
President Joe Biden signed legislation in 2021, making Juneteenth a federal holiday.