Baritone jazz vocalist Freddie Eckstine made a memorable appearance at the 13th annual Juneteenth Festival. Freddie was nominated in 2006 by the Las Vegas Black Music Awards in the category of Best Jazz Vocalist Lounge Artist, and won the award three years later in 2010 when he was nominated a second time. His voice resounded through the Colly Soleri Amphitheater in tones reminiscent of such greats as Lou Rawls, Joe Williams and Billy Eckstine. In fact, Freddie is affectionately called Mr. B by his peers for this very reason. Also pictured here is jazz pianist Nicky Adams, providing part of the musical score for Eckstine’s performance.

 

[photo & text: Logan Bier]

The festivities moved in the evening into the Arcosanti Vaults, where the Six Feet Band shifted the atmosphere to a synthesizer-laden upbeat dance arena. The Six Feet Band is comprised of keyboardist David Mize, bass guitarist Rick Cucuzza and percussionist/drummer David Paez. 

 

[photo & text: Logan Bier]

The upbeat energy carried on with a performance by Henry Turner Jr. & Flavor, a Louisiana reggae/funk outfit led by guitarist and vocalist Henry Turner Jr. The band is comprised of keyboardist Kenneth Campbell, vocalist Ross Wayne, drummer/percussionist Ronnie Houston, guitarist and lead vocalist Henry Turner Jr., and bassist Thomas G. 

 

Henry Turner Jr. & Flavor’s discography includes WILL WORK FOR FOOD AND MONEY (1992), FACING THE MILLENNIUM (1999), and LOUISIANA GUMBO COMBO (2002).  

 

[photo & text: Logan Bier]

The music attracted many dancers and spectators as the night continued strongly onward. 

 

[photo: sue & text: Logan Bier]

 

More to come!

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