White House Juneteenth Concert to Feature Jennifer Hudson, Method Man, Patina Miller

Jennifer Hudson, Method Man, Patina Miller to performer at White House Juneteenth Concert. (Credit: Shutterstock)

The White House will host its first-ever Juneteenth concert, with the event set to feature Audra McDonald, Jennifer Hudson, Patina Miller, Cliff “Method Man” Smith, and more.

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden will welcome guests to the South Lawn for the concert on Tuesday, June 13, according to a press release from the White House.

This year marks the 158th anniversary of Juneteenth. The day commemorates June 19, 1865, when 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.

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In June 2021, President Biden signed a bill making Juneteenth a federal holiday.

“Juneteenth marks both the long, hard night of slavery and subjugation, and a promise of a brighter morning to come,” Biden said in a statement at the time. “This is a day of profound — in my view — profound weight and profound power.”

This year’s White House concert will celebrate community, culture and music and coincides with Black Music Month. C-SPAN plans to stream the concert live on its website on June 13 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.

The event is held with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, Pernod Ricard USA, STARZ #TaketheLead Initiative, and The Recording Academy.

Below is the full list of performers in alphabetical order:

  • Audra McDonald
  • Broadway Inspirational Voices
  • Cliff “Method Man” Smith
  • Colman Domingo
  • Fisk Jubilee Singers
  • Hampton University Concert Choir
  • Jennifer Hudson
  • Ledisi
  • Maverick City Music
  • Morgan State University Marching Band – The Magnificent Marching Machine
  • Nicco Annan
  • Patina Miller
  • Step Afrika!
  • Tennessee State University Marching Band – Aristocrat of Bands
  • “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band

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