Join Historic Columbia at Jubilee: Festival of Black History & Culture from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16. Now in its 39th year, this free outdoor festival brings musician, artisans, dancers and storytellers together to celebrate South Carolina’s black history and culture on the grounds of the Mann-Simons Site.
This year’s festival will celebrate Midlands musicians and the lives of two of the region’s most influential musicians, John Blackwell and Skipp Pearson, who passed away earlier this year. To honor the memory of these legendary artists, Jubilee will showcase the musical lineage of South Carolina with a headlining performance by Cheri Maree, who was personally inspired and had close relationships with both artists.
Cheri Maree is an international recording artist, songwriter and author who brings “soul jazz” to the center stage. A multi-talented vocalist and musician raised in Columbia, S.C., Cheri’s eclectic sound and style have graced the stage with legendary Grammy-winning artists, including Patti LaBelle, Al Jarreau, Hootie and the Blowfish and Brian McKnight.
In addition, the festival’s music lineup will feature a variety of genres, including R&B, jazz, gospel and soul with performances by Spiritual Gumbo, the Jubilee Choirs, Benedict College Concert Choir, Maci Brown, TiffanyJ, Promise Hugee, SaLil Wynette, Zachary Sanders, LaSell Williams, Rhythm of the Ancestors and DJ Prince Ice.
“When the festival started in 1978, it was a small community event,” said Robin Waites, Historic Columbia’s executive director. “Nearly four decades later, Jubilee has grown into a large festival that draws thousands of attendees from all over the state and region to celebrate African American culture, history, music and art. We look forward to celebrating Columbia’s vibrant music scene and honoring two legends who inspired so many artists.”
In addition to musical performances, Jubilee will feature storytelling, artist demonstrations and family-friendly activities. Throughout the day, guests are invited to take house tours of the Mann-Simons Site and the Modjeska Monteith Simkins House for $1 and take the African American Historic Sites Bus Tour for $4. In addition, there will be a variety of outdoor vendors selling food, beverages, art and wares.
Jubilee is made possible by the festival’s generous sponsors and is a free community event that will be held along Richland and Marion streets outside of the Mann-Simons Site at 1403 Richland Street in downtown Columbia. Visit JubileeSC.org for more information on the festival and the full line-up of entertainment and artists.