Come celebrate with Gregory Burrus Productions, South Orange Village Center Alliance, the Town of South Orange and West Orange Arts Council as they pay homage and tribute to Freedom Day on June 19th, 2021.
There will be a number of live music events starting at Noon in and around South Orange, West Orange and more all the way to 10 PM. Take a look, plan your visits and have fun with these free events.
Noon – 2 pm Victor Jones Orchestration In Spiotta Park
Photo credit : https://www.instagram.com/alclarke_photography/
Victor Jones Orchestration – Jazz is America’s One True Original art form.
Jazz is a music genre that originated in the African-American communities of New Orleans, Louisiana, United States, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, with its roots in blues and ragtime. Jazz can express many different emotions, from pain to sheer joy. In jazz, you may hear the sounds of freedom-for the music and has also been a powerful voice for people suffering unfair treatment because of the color of the skin or more. Jazz has spread from the United States to many parts of the world, and today jazz musicians–and jazz festivals–can be found in dozens of nations. Jazz is one of the United States’ greatest exports to the world.
Victor Jones is world renown drummer and has performed and toured with such luminaries as Stan Getz, James Moody, Michel Petrucciani, Joe, Olivia, Stanley Clarke, Phyllis Hyman, Dizzy Gillespie and Chaka Khan as well as others. As George Benson said,”Whether playing funk, rock or jazz, Victor Jones is one cat that gets it right.” We invite you to come listen to the Victor Jones Orchestration as we kick off Juneteenth with this world renown visionary performing the music that has survived through the ages.
2-2:45 pm Destiny Autumn Music In Spiotta Park
Destiny Autumn “…and it’s all thanks to Black Musicians”
Did you know almost all music we listen to today originated from black artists and musicians of yesterday? Local musician, Destiny Autumn, will break down the history of black music stemming from Hymns of the South to the Pop hits from the North and everything in between dating from the past until present day! You don’t want to miss this fun and educational presentation this Juneteenth! Singing, dancing and having fun are a must. All ages kids to adults are welcome to participate.
Destiny Autumn is an up-,and-coming professional musician, songwriter and performer based in the New York metropolitan area, who writes and sings from the heart to the hearts and souls of the people. She began her musical journey studying classical piano and voice, and then expanded her palette to various other genres. She studied Jazz and obtained her degree from Indiana University: Jacob School of Music. Destiny has had the opportunity to perform on stage with world renowned artists such as Darmon Meader, Roseanne Vitro, Nadine Herman, Tierney Sutton, Bobby McFerrin, John Raymond, Jeremy Fox and many more.
2:45-4:45 Invigorating Drum Circle In Spiotta Park
We are having a Drum Circle and You are invited
Group rhythm making evolved from the earliest times of man or woman, when we couldn’t communicate verbally we grunted or banged something as a form of shared expression. That is a Drum Circle! It’s when we join together in UNITY to express ourselves through another voice.
Come on out and express yourself through rhythm with our local resident drummer Alliison Brown. Special Guest Richard Reiter Saxophonists, Jazz Master Spiritual Drumming Circle Leader will be joining us with a few friends. Bring your Drum and Chair or we have some for you. All ages kids to adults are welcome to participate
Lynette Sheard Trio Live at BLM Exhibit at the West Orange Arts Council
Maria Estrela and Carol Jenkins, both female artists of color from Essex County, have a personal connection to a new exhibit in West Orange.
Participating Artists: Sarah Bass Aspe, Josephine Barreiro, Yuri Bisono, Carol Black-Lemon, Wendy Born, Syreeta Brooks, Marina Carreira, Patricia Croft, Antoinette Ellis-Williams, Maria Estrela, Mary Fordham, Karen Goldberg, Dino Gravato, Patricia Hutchinson, Queen Mother Imakhu, Carol T. Jenkins, Lizette Louis, Cathleen McCoy Bristol, Barbara Motley, Frank Niccoletti, Amelia Panico, Davynte “Red” Pannell, Sundra Parker, John Piccoli, Dayana Poulard, Ron Powell, Martryce Roach, Gale Sasson, Ameerah Shabazz, Ella Silivanch, Timothy Simmons, Elaine Tassy, Sheila R. Thompson, Denise Toney and Kelly D. Villalba. Learn more at
You can read more right here For These Artists, BLM Exhibit In West Orange Has Special Meaning
The gallery show will be open for in-person visits at 551 Valley Road, West Orange, NJ through July 31. A reception will be held on Saturday, June 19 from 4 to 7 p.m.
4:30 – 5:30 Juneteenth BLM Live Music Experience
Performing at this BLM Reception on June19th will be a trio of heavy hitter jazz musicians performing outside the West Orange Arts Gallery at 551 Valley Road in West Orange, NJ starting at 4:30-5:30 pm. Adjacent to the Lunar Theater they will deliver a medley of jazzy tunes guaranteed to make you smile and help you celebrate America’s original Art form,
Lynette Sheard – Vocalist
Lynette is a multi-talented and versatile vocalist with a five octave range and perfect pitch. She acts, produces, directs and is vocal coach. Her performances have been acknowledged in numerous publications including, The NY Times, Broadway World, The Record, Hot House, The Patch and The Chronicle. The Star Ledger proclaimed that, “Her voice reaches deep into one’s soul and finds a soft spot”. Lynette is also a director of the Mental Health Association of New Jersey. https://www.lynetteentertainment.com/
Brandon McCune – Pianist
This Chicago native makes his home in Newark, NJ. His musical studies began at age three, when his parents enrolled him in the Suzuki Method of Classical Piano. Brandon McCune is an experienced Professional Musician (pianist, organist, drummer, trumpeter, bassist, vocalist, and choir director) serving as a principal music instructor, composer, counselor, arranger, and performer with a special concentration in the jazz, classical, and gospel genres. Brandon was selected through a national audition as a 1998-1999 U.S. Jazz Ambassador to Africa, where he traveled abroad representing the United States performing public and private concerts, master classes and workshops. https://www.facebook.com/brandon.mccune
Marshall McDonald – Saxophonist
Played Lead Alto For 18 years with The Count Basie Orchestra, played Baritone sax on Paquito D’Rivera Latin Grammy-winning album Tropicana Nights., baritone sax with Abdullah Ibrahim and also played clarinet with The Duke Ellington Orchestra. This Pittsburgh native career also includes a 10-year stint with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra. Other career highlights include performances at Carnegie Hall with Nancy Wilson, The Tokyo Blue Note, The Nice Jazz Festival, with Illinois Jacquet, Charli Persip, Frank Foster, Tony Bennett, Bobby Caldwell, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Tony Bennett, Milt Jackson, Nina Simone, Rosemary Clooney and Aretha Franklin amongst others. https://marshallmcdonald.com
Tonya Ray All-Stars and MPACK BAnd On Flood’s Hill South Orange NJ
Tonia Ray and Clarence Conver have been making music on the New Jersey scene for a long time and these two Bands Tonia Ray All Stars and MPACK will delight the crowd with a series of jumping and popping R&B tunes.
6:30 – 7:30 PM Tonia Ray All Stars
Tonia Ray brings down the house with her events whether on the big stage, the club or a nursing home. Known to sing a variety of genres, she brings listeners to their feet dancing and making sure everyone is having fun. She sings classics from Whitney Houston, The Marvelettes, Diana Ross to Dolly Parton, Bette Midler,and much, much more. She’s guaranteed to give an audience a performance they will not stop talking about.
8:00 – 9:00 PM MPACK BAND
MPack is a band, a brand, and a musical production enterprise, consisting of multiple elements in an ever evolving flow. It is the musical brainchild of bassist, guitarist, keyboardist, drummer and vocalist Clarence ‘Groove Master’ Conover. He’s the founder and CEO of M-Pack Music productions whose motto is “Life Changing Sounds.” MPack brings an explosive energy to the stage, guaranteed to rock the house all night long!.
They will take us back and bring us back to today. Good times, dancing and shaking in your seat guaranteed.
You are invited to celebrate Freedom Day on Flood’s Hill and enjoy these FREE live music performances. Bring your own picnic or purchase BBQ and beer from the Gaslight Beer Garden.
About Gregory Burrus Productions
Gregory Burrus Productions – produces, promotes local live music events and is also a social media manager, event developer and community partner that documents local community events in the Greater New Jersey and New York Area. Gregory Burrus reports and blogs about the local arts and entertainment scene. showcasing, photographing, videotaping events and happenings as they occur all around the towns.