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Posted on: June 3, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Juneteenth Jazz Festival at the Branigan Cultural Center

Juneteenth Jazz Festival at the Branigan Cultural Center

Experience the power of jazz, history, and Black Movements with this year's celebration of Juneteenth and jazz!

Immerse yourself in a diversity of jazz ensembles, get active in workshops, and learn from speakers on jazz and Juneteenth through this virtual festival. Among many local jazz ensembles, we will feature one of the top bass players in the world of jazz, Nat Reeves, as well as acclaimed vibraphonist Warren Wolf.

We will also hear about Juneteenth from powerhouse speakers Bobbi Green, PhD, of the NAACP; Roy Collins, General Counsel of New Mexico State University; and Debra Alexander, Special Government Expert in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. This event is organized by the Branigan Cultural Center with New Mexico Music Commissioner and jazz musician Derrick Lee as well as Filmmaker, Hip Hop Artist, and Educator Julian Alexander.

The events will take place fully online and can be accessed at:

Friday, June 18 
3 p.m.: Opening, featuring Bobbi Green, PhD, President of NAACP,

3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.: Jazz ensembles,

5:30 p.m.: Juneteenth History and Black Movements Roundtable,

7:30 p.m.: Friday Night Open Mic Jam,

You can register to perform at the Friday Night Open Mic Jam by emailing Performances can range from music, to poetry, to dance. Participation is at the discretion of the Las Cruces Museum System. Registration closes June 11.

Saturday, June 19
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Activity Kit Pick-Up. 
Kit pick-up will be outside the Branigan Cultural Center Courtyard, at the Main Street entrance. The kits will be given out on a first-come-first-serve basis. Kits will contain an activity for youth and information on artists in the festival and Juneteenth history.

10 a.m. to 11 a.m.: Jazz ensembles.

11 a.m.: Rhythm and Drumming Workshop, with Derrick Lee.

12:30 p.m.: Jazz ensemble.

2 p.m.: Nat Reeves Keynote.

4 p.m.: Improv Workshop, with Julian Alexander.

6 p.m.: Warren Wolf Jazz performance.

6:30 p.m.: Closing Circle.

The Branigan Cultural Center, 501 N. Main St., is accessible via RoadRUNNER Transit Route 1, Stop 36. The Branigan Cultural Center will be closed for construction through June, 2021. For up-to-date information on the museum reopening, virtual programming, and more, visit the website at: or follow us on Facebook and Instagram @LCMuseums.

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