KEXP Presents Juneteenth


If you missed a minute of KEXP’s Juneteenth programming
listen now on the two-week streaming archive.

(Select Sunday, June 18th at 9:00 AM in the tab marked “By Day and Time.”
Streaming archive link expires on Sunday, July 2nd.)

On Sunday, June 18, KEXP will observe Juneteenth — the holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States — with a full day of music that celebrates freedom, achievement, education, and building bridges.

“Juneteenth isn’t just a commemoration of a specific injustice in our history, but a celebration of coming to terms with and making right of that injustice, a celebration of freedom from within our borders, and a continuation of building bridges and stirring the great pot that makes this country what it is today,” remarked Rollins, who has been an on-air host at KEXP for more than 25 years.

9:00 AM – NOON: Preachin’ the Blues with Johnny Horn
NOON – 3:00 PM: DJ Riz Rollins presents “Origin Music: From Chains to Empire”Special Guest:
  •  C. Davida Ingram, Stranger Genius Award winner, artist, writer, activist and Public Engagements Director at the Seattle Public Library
  • 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM: DJ Evie
    6:00 PM – 9:00 PM: Street Sounds w/ Stas Thee Boss
    9:00 PM – 12:00 AM: Expansions with Riz Rollins, presenting “Origin Music: From Chains to Empire”
    Special Guests:
  •  Sidney Woodruuff aka “Almond Brown”, creator of a podcast called “Now Serving” (currently on hiatus) – a local podcast dealing with dance club culture, social issues, and music.
  • Tarik Abdullah, community activist and chef, aka “A Chef and A DJ” who is opening a community space in Hillman City.
  • Dani Terrell, creator of the House Dance Music Project, who teaches house dance at the Massive Monkees space that combines teaching dancing to house music combined with the history of house music and its origins in queer/POC culture.
  • (note: all times posted in Pacific Time)

    DJ Riz will also join Kevin Cole on The Afternoon Show on Friday, June 17 at 3:00 PM to preview Juneteenth with a guest DJ set.

    Juneteenth (aka “Freedom Day” or “Juneteenth Independence Day”) celebrates the abolition of slavery in Texas in June 1865, specifically the news and enforcement of abolition when a brigade of Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, TX, two months after the Confederacy’s surrender (and two years after the Emancipation Proclamation). In 1980, Texas was the first state to establish Juneteenth as a state holiday; today, 45 states and the District of Columbia recognize Juneteenth as either a state holiday or day of observance.

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