(The Second Part of My Day) My next venture for the day landed me in Alton, IL for their Juneteenth Festival. Here is a little history about Juneteenth courtesy of http://www.juneteenth.com/: “Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation - which had become official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance."
I was invited to sing at this event by Ism Record Il. He is an Alton native that is making moves on the Indie Music scene. It was a beautiful day. So many people came out to Killion Park to support this event. There were BBQ stands, vendors of all sorts, and several talented acts including myself. I had a great time doing “The Electric Slide”! I love “The Electric Slide”! How can anyone refuse “The Electric Slide”? Some people did refuse the electric slide but my girl and I didn’t! As I have stated and will continue to state, I keep my boogie fist in the air. The only thing I regret is that I did not have on a pair of flats or flip flops. It is never a good idea to wear pumps to the park. My heels kept sinking into the dirt. However, I love wearing heels when I perform. Heels make me look taller and slimmer. One of the coolest parts of the show was the Jesse White Tumblers. Jesse White is the Secretary of State for Illinois. He was also in attendance. These tumblers were amazing. I don’t think I have seen anyone jump as high as these guys and girls were jumping. They were soaring through the air and then landing on their feet without any complications. I was blown away. Rappers, young poets, praise dancers, and Afro-Caribbean Martial Artist all graced the stage! I love culture and the arts. I had an amazing time yesterday and a great performance!
(The third and Final Part of my day) So after 2 baths and 3 wardrobe changes I finally was on the last leg of my day. I was invited by Aja La'Starr Owens to an event called “Xpose Your Soul” at Melt on Cherokee Street. First, let’s talk about the venue. The venue was absolutely the hit. It was covered with sofas and chairs. The sofas were pretty cool. Some of them were painted on and some had a patchwork-like design going on. Some of the chairs at Melt reminded me of the old fashion chairs that I would see at my grandmother’s house which made them even cooler. I love my grandma! The walls were covered with huge chalk boards. The chalk boards covered the majority of the wall! The chalk boards contained the menu and other random drawings and quotes! There were bike rim lamps that hung from the ceilings. There was a coffee mug wall. There were old school video games. The bathrooms were decorated in graffiti- totally awesome. I could go on some more but I am going to get back to event! Just know that the venue was awesome. And the waffle pizza thing that I enjoyed was delicious!
Last night I was surrounded by talented singers, poets, and musicians. DJ Natural was holding it down on the 1’s and 2’s and Aja La Star Owens was the host! I performed my song God$Gun and I believe it was received well! I loved that they had a screen over the stage displaying the artist faces. That was pretty neat. They took photos of us performing and the show was videorecorded! Everyone did an amazing job! The very last act that took the stage brought the house down. There was one singer in particular that blew me away and his name is Logik Fireboy Blairon Facebook, not sure of his government name lol. However, his range is amazing! He was performing with a few other artists and they brought the crowd to our feet. People were having a great time and feeling and looking good! The boogie was real lol! I am so happy and so blessed to be invited to such incredible events. By the time I got home, I had a headache from all the "boogie" but it was definitely worth it. Thank you to my awesome friends and family who supported me yesterday! I would not trade these moments for anything. I am creating my legacy and enjoying the ride at the same time. Life is what you make it and I would rather boogie through life. This is the Life of an Indie Artist!
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