The 13th annual Juneteenth festival at Arcosanti kicked off colorfully with a Praise Dance by The Johnsons. The performers wore bright red kaftans and white gloves, the leader bearing a white mask as well.

[photo: sue & text: Logan Bier]

Next up is the Milt Cannon Quartet with Paul Anderson, performing jazz with live piano, drums, electric guitar and bass. Here we have jazz pianist Nicky Adams, drummer Hanzq Ab Dul, guitarist Byron Fry and bassist Ray Carter.

[photo: sue & text: Logan Bier]

Pianist, singer and composer Rachel Eckroth performed masterful pieces with bassist Ted Sistrunk and percussionist/drummer Dowell Davis. Eckroth’s compositions encompass qualities from both classical pieces and contemporary jazz performances, melding together to offer a truly unique acoustical experience. Eckroth earned an MFA in Jazz Performance from Rutgers University, studying under legendary pianist Stanley Cowell. She has a six-disc discography, including LOUDER THAN WORDS (2009) and MIND (2005).

[photo & text: Logan Bier]

Over five-hundred people came to experience Arcosanti and the wonderful musical performances this Juneteenth. Here we see an amphitheater audience attending a midday performance under the shady tent canopy.

[photo & text: Logan Bier]

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