Lincroft, NJ –The best quality entertainment bargain of the summer season is the Tuesday, June 7 –Saturday, June 18 Fourth Annual Juneteenth Urban Arts Festival at Brookdale Community College’s Long Branch Higher Education Center (LBHEC), 213 Broadway. The main performance venue will be the open air stage behind the Center for the free Saturday, June 11 Open Air Stage Lineup featuring five musical acts from 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Extensive vendor participation will compliment the entertainment.
“Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, is an annual holiday in 14 states of the U.S. It is celebrated on June 19 and commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas. Since 1980, Juneteenth has been an official state holiday in Texas. Thirteen other states list it as an official holiday, including Arkansas, New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Connecticut and Alaska,” explained Darrell Lawrence Willis, Sr., Festival director.
The “heart” of the Festival, will be the World Premiere of Bronzeville Gold, a new African American play, by Anetria Cole (Pontiac, Michigan), Darrell Lawrence Willis, Sr. (Howell), Assistant Director, Office of Urban Services and Festival Director, will direct.
Bronzeville Gold, set in 1933 Chicago, is a powerful African American family saga, that revolves around a “gambling numbers wheel,” and a young Mississippi newcomer, as he and the entire African American community, chase the ever elusive American dream.
The stellar Bronzeville Gold cast includes: Craig S. Coleman, Sr. (Orange) as Cincinnati; Jeffrey Woltz (Somerset) as Cleveland; Ramon James Morris (Long Branch) as Vester; Will Nash (Neptune) as Willie; Ray Dothard (Millstone Township) as Cincinnati Understudy; Jo Leo Carney-Waterton (Blackwood) as Vester Understudy; Sequoia Davis (Oakhurst) as Rose; Sharell Crabb (Maplewood) as Lorraine; Shanique Holly-Hill (Ocean Grove) as Jean; Kelika Anderson (Jackson) as Lorraine Understudy; Sharmane Gilliam (Asbury Park) as Jean Understudy and Daniel Pino (Old Bridge) as Production Stage Manager.
Bronzeville Gold, will run for eight performances with early ticket purchases advised. The June 7 – June 18, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and Saturday performances will be at 8:00 p.m. with a special daytime performance added on Saturday, June 11 at 2:00 p.m.
The performance space will be room #201, in the Long Branch Higher Education Center 213 Broadway, Long Branch. Tickets are $15.00 General Admission, $12.00 Seniors 62+ Years, and $9.00 BCC Students with valid ID (limit 2). For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the OBCD Office at 732-224-2315.
The Open Air Stage Lineup on Saturday, June 11, will feature a DJ CD Tribute to The Godfather of Soul, James Brown from 10:00 a.m. – 2 p.m.; T-Bone Watts & The Funckshunizin Band, R&B, (Monmouth County) from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Sharon Sylvester, Gospel, (Neptune) from 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Quint Essence, Gospel, (Asbury Park) from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. and The Exciting Holy Echoes, Gospel, (Freehold) from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. There is ample area for setting up lawn chairs and comfortable beach blanket seating near the outdoor stage located at the rear of the Long Branch Higher Education Center.
A special presentation, The Nannie Helen Burroughs Project, will be offered on Saturday, June 11, at 1:00 p.m. and again at 5:00 p.m. featuring James E. Wyatt (Colonel, US Army, Retired), Annapolis, Maryland. The presentation will focus on the life and accomplishments of Nannie Helen Burroughs, a little known African American religious, education and political leader. The historical Nannie Helen Burroughs Project encompasses A Traveling Display and Presentation, suitable for all ages.
A complete schedule of the entertainment with more performance details is found at the Juneteenth webpage URL: http://www.brookdalecc.edu/pages/4735.asp