During the past week-end the Arcosanti site came alive with the joyful sounds of blues, reggae and rock-n-roll.

This was the 14th year that festival organizer Milt Cannon of

The date of the festival commemorates the date that most slaves first heard about President Lincoln’s 1863 declaration of freedom. It symbolizes the joy of a call to freedom, and the responsibility to assist in developing a more inclusive and equitable society. The arts in general, and in this case specifically, African-American arts, are one of the most compelling sources for passing this message on.

RYTHM KEEPERS with Husain  Abdul-Alim, Vusi Shibambo, Ayande Andre, Connie Avery and James Turner.

HAROLD LAND TRIO with Harold Land on piano, Sean Brogan on bass and Dowell Davis on drums.

Reggae band HENRY TURNER JR. & FLAVOR played in the Vaults for the traditional freedom dance.

More about the festival and Sunday’s performances will be posted on Friday, June 22. 2012.


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