Auburn is hosting the fourth annual Harriet Tubman Freedom Music Festival on Saturday, July 13th. The festival is an annual event that is part of the New York Dance Festival.
“It’s a world-class celebration of what it means to be free,” says Sean McLeod, executive producer for the event. “It really behooves us to be able to take a moment and to recognize just how fortunate we are,” he adds.
“It’s all about the joy,” says Devon McLeod, associate producer.
Featured artists will include Sean and Devon McLeod, Noah Kellman, Estee Bullock, Jaylin Brown, Jaquiel The Voice, Richie Melito, Jake Lawless, and Thomas Warfield.
Sean and Devon McLeod will be performing a revival of the musical that they wrote. In the 90s, Sean was commissioned to change a play on Harriet Tubman into a musical, and that music is the foundation for the festival, he said.
The finale of musical performances includes numerous international artists playing together celebrating the beauty of freedom. The festival also celebrates the 2019 Harriet Tubman freedom award winners.
The festival begins at 5pm on July 13th and runs through to 9pm at the New York State Equal Rights Heritage Center on South Street in Auburn. The concert is free and donations are encouraged. Vendors will also be on site.
For more information, visit harriettubmanmusicfestival.com.