Three Levitt venues embrace Black Pride this June
This June we celebrate Pride Month, commemorating the beauty and diversity of queer people everywhere. In addition to being a time of celebration, Pride is also a time to reflect, learn about, and acknowledge those throughout history who have advocated for LGBTQ+ communities and advanced their rights. With June also being Black Music Month and the time of Juneteenth, we’re excited to dive into the intersectional history of Pride, and spotlight the POC pioneers as well as musicians who have championed the movement.
But first, be sure to mark your calendar for three intersectional Pride events within the Levitt network. Levitt Pavilion Denver is hosting a live concert on June 18th to kick off Denver’s 2021 Juneteenth Music Festival, headlining Black GRAMMY-winning R&B group 112. This year, the Juneteenth Music Festival collaborates with The Center on Colfax, an LGBTQ+ community center, to produce Denver’s first ever Black Pride. Look forward to events such as The Majestic Melanated Cabaret, featuring drag entertainers of color, a Drag Gospel Brunch, and The Strange Fruit of Black Excellence Ball, celebrating the Black community.
Levitt Shell Memphis is partnering with the area’s local Tri-State Black Pride to present the Tri-State Black Pride Music Festival live at the Levitt Shell in Overton Park on Sunday, June 20th from 5-10pm (CT), featuring nine Black and queer musicians from the local Memphis community. Catch artists including Cherisse Scott, a powerhouse singer-songwriter whose music runs the gamut from R&B to gospel to jazz, and drummer and bassist Arnishia King. All proceeds from the $20 admission fee are donated to Hope House, a Memphis-based non-profit that cares for individuals with HIV.
And over on the West Coast, Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles brings us HOMEplxce Healing Vortex: Juneteenth Pride Concert in collaboration with Wild Art Party, a series of events for diverse artists to showcase new and experimental performances to the public, and HOMEplxce, an educational consulting firm dedicated to mobilizing survivors of childhood sexual assault. This virtual event, happening at 12pm PT on June 26th, is a participatory space that celebrates Queer Black Joy, envisioning and celebrating creative interventions for collective freedom. Register for the livestream here: https://linktr.ee/HOMEplxce.