Norwalk celebrates Juneteenth with outdoor blues concert

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NORWALK — Following President Joe Biden signing a bill making Juneteeth a federal holiday, the city is celebrating Juneteenth this weekend with a blues concert at a local library and closing City Hall on Monday to commemorate the day in 1865 slaves in Texas learned they had been freed by the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863.

The South Norwalk library branch will host an outdoor concert Saturday for the event featuring The Blues and Beyond musicians, according to a city statement.

The group combines musical and historical elements of American roots music, from gospel and field hollers to soul to hip hop, according to the statement.

The performance features The Blues and Beyond Program Director Erin Finland, Moses Patrou on drums, Noe’ Socha on guitar and harmonica and Saige Bryan, a Norwalk native, on vocals.

“Groove with us as we honor the freedom of African American people during this Juneteenth celebration with the blues and a Connecticut timeline of the emancipation of Black people,” the statement reads.

Prior to the concert, Mayor Harry Rilling made a proclamation regarding Juneteenth.

abigail.brone@hearstmediact.com