By: Cassandra Gaines | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2016
The GAP Band will be headlining the Black Music Month Celebration at Hatbox Field.
Black Music Month began in 1979 when Kenny Gamble, Ed Wright, and Dyana Williams developed the idea to set aside a month dedicated to celebrating the impact of black music. Created by music business insiders, the group successfully lobbied President Jimmy Carter to host a reception on June 7th, 1979 to formally recognize the cultural and financial contributions of the music genre. Since 1979, Black Music Month has grown from a small commemoration to national proportions with events held annually across the country.
In June 2014, Muskogee, Oklahoma was proud to announce its inaugural celebration of Black Music Month, the first of its kind in the state of Oklahoma. The opening artist for this new, exciting event was Eldredge Jackson and Listening Pleasure along with Starr Fisher and Band. Cassandra Gaines, Diversity and Cultural Liaison for the City of Muskogee, was honored to receive a letter of endorsement for this event from Governor Mary Fallin. The concert was also shared via live video broadcast to the men and women of the United States Military serving overseas.
On June 25, 2016 the City of Muskogee will hosting the Third Annual Black Music Month Celebration at Hatbox Field. This event is supported by Oklahoma film and Music and sponsored by Cross Telephone, Runts, Dillard, Neighbor Building Neighborhoods, City of Muskogee, Zelcon, Oklahoma State Arts Council and Muskogee Chamber of Commerce and Tourism, PC Landing zone and James Hodge Ford.
The event will feature a dynamic performance by The GAP Band and is free to the public. Opening acts include Starr Fisher and Band as well as Dylan Whitney and Band. Parking on premises will be $5.00. No outside food or drink allowed.
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