LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - By Morgan Thomas - email
LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - No one can remember there ever being a music event quite like this in Lufkin.
"Never," promoter Steve Freemont said. "This is the first."
Taking center stage at the Expo Center: Lil Flip, Hurricane Chris, Chalie Boy. Freemont is making sure everything is ready for the Juneteenth Summer Jam.
"There's going to be platinum artists up under the same roof that has never been together at the same time," Freemount said.
That's not the only reason it will be a night to remember for East Texas. Fab5, an R&B, rap group is homegrown.
"Big dreams," member T.J. Adams said. "Dreamin' every night. I see it. At arm's length."
Since middle school, the members of Fab5 have been working toward an opportunity like this. Chris Adams raps and sings for the group.
"As soon as I started talking, I started singing at church," Adams said.
Lukin's Fab5 worked the stage all afternoon perfecting their stage routine so they could be their best in front of the packed house at the Expo Center.
Sharing the stage with more-experienced artists provides an inspiring chance to learn.
"It's good to have big name artists come in to show the artists that are here how to get to the level that they at," Freemount said.
SteveO wants to bring their A-game for the crowd.
"Everybody's going to be talking about this for years," SteveO said.
Concert organizers want it to be an event the whole family can come out for. And with $10 tickets.
"It's affordable for everyone," Freemount said. "So we just want everyone to have fun. Like I said this is for Lufkin, and Nacogdoches, all the surrounding cities."
Fab5 can't wait for their turn to show East Texas what they're made of.
"I'm not nervous for it," Adams said. "I'm ready for it."
The concert will begin at 7 p.m. at the George H. Henderson Exposition Center. Admission to the show is $10.
A full slate of Juneteenth activities are on tap for Lufkin and Nacogdoches.
In Lufkin, Friendship Club members are spending the day over huge barbeque pits preparing the perfect brisket.
Delicious food isn't the only draw.
A parade at 9 a.m. will kick off the festivities at Brandon Park.
Families are in store for live music, dancing, and entertainment for the kids, including giveaways.
"One-thousand, eight-hundred and sixty-five black people became free," Club member Randy Horn said. "So that's Juneteenth celebration. And Saturday will actually be Juneteenth. So it will be a real good day for us."
Walter Diggles with the Deep East Texas Council of Governments is the guest speaker.
KTRE, now partners with Consolidated Communications, will be there with the Consolidated Communications Mobile Studio. The studio is part of KTRE's plan to expand its community outreach efforts.
Planners have a full day of activities scheduled in Nacogdoches.
The fun begins at 11 a.m. with a parade on Main Street. Participants are asked to gather a half-hour in advance, at TJR elementary school.
From there the fun moves to the EJ Campbell building on Shawnee Street.
"We'll have pie and baking contests," organizer Reggie Cotton said. "We'll award trophies for that. We'll have barbeque, of course, a contest. So there will be a contest giving away for that. So there are several events that will be going on and we'll have vendors that will be selling watermelon."