The Pitts Family Harvest Festival: Juneteenth Celebration Featuring DJ Young Soul, Essi, + more

Updated: Sep 7


Rain does not stop a Pitts Family Juneteenth celebration! The festival relocated from 737 Orchard Rd, Elm City to 9114 School Street, Rocky Mount -- a spacious field lined with many black vendors. Brewer's Italian Ice really came in clutch because it was a H.O.T. one!

Brewer's Italian Ice

DJ Young Soul held it down all afternoon, spinning classic hits for the culture (at just 15 years-old!). Essi performed her set at 1PM, opening with "House on de Hill", her acapella song with a reggae bounce. She then performed "In Abundance", "Ascend", "Paces" (Prod. by James Johnson), "Fancy Cars" (from PRIMARY) and "Strange Architecture". Essi sold her first few new shirts that feature her in gold makeup for $20, available on

Event Director, Terence Staten and Performer, Essi

Dr. Dennis Rogers then blessed everyone with the history of Juneteenth. Dr. Rogers told the story in an entertaining and inspiring way so that we could never forget the year that the Emancipation Proclamation was signed -- in 1863!

Lucretia Wooten & Promise brought the joy with their gospel praise set. The three singers were very energetic and inspiring. Their voices were strong, dynamic, and well controlled as they sang beloved songs that most of us have heard growing up in church. They performed through the rain and they had fun while doing it, these ladies and their accompaniment are definitely to be admired!

Lucretia Wooten & Promise

Due to continued heavy rain, the Pitt Family Farm Juneteenth Celebration retired early with Ajani Kabon and Jus Once band still to perform. You can find Ajani and Jus Once's music and donation sources below. Please support the artists and vendors who participated and look out for next year's celebration! More information about the festival, artists, and vendors here:

Jus Once - Cranes in the Sky :

Ajani's Website:

Donate to the Pitts Family Farm:

Donate to Essi at:

Donate to Ajani:

Contact Jus Once:

Contact for Lucretia Wooten & Promise:

Thank you so much for your support!

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