Black Lives Matter: A Celebration of Black Music Month

In honor of June Black Music Month, the Bloomington Center for the Arts and the Center for the Avant-Garde present “Black To Life: Black Music Month CelebrationDuring Juneteenth, this two-day series will showcase top Minnesota artists representing diverse black music genres, from gospel and R&B to jazz and hip-hop.

Thursday, June 13, 7:30 – 9:15 p.m., spotlighting R&B/soul and gospel music, including three-time Grammy Award winner Jemisia Bennett and Courtland Pickens and known MPLS!

Friday, June 14, 7:30 – 9:15 pm, will feature jazz and hip-hop music including jazz greats and Grammy Award winners Ben Williams and hip-hop artists Lewis Blades. Doors open at 7pm both nights.

Lifetime Achievement Awards will be presented to Twin Cities black music legends Pete Rhodes, Kimberly Rhodes (African American Music) and Katherine Johnson (Musicians 4 Musicians). The event was hosted by avant-garde founder Chadwick “Niles” Phillips and presented by African American Leadership Forum.

“‘Black To Life’ gives us the opportunity to pay tribute to legends of the past, celebrate icons of the present, and celebrate the voices of the future in black music,” said Phillips.

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All performances will be at bloomington arts center, Schneider Theatre, 1800 W. Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington. For tickets, visit

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