Atlanta-based all black, female rock band The Txlips is set out to break the stereotype of black women in music. The Txlips have performed at Afropunk in Atlanta and Brooklyn. They’ve performed at One MusicFest, opened for Grammy Award-winning folk rockers the Indigo Girls and headlined on their own tour (Kimeko McCoy/AJC)

11 ways to celebrate African-American Music Appreciation Month in the ATL 

Blues. Gospel. Hip hop. It's easy to identify certain facets of music with a heavy African American influence. However, if you go back far enough, you might be surprised at many other genres that were partially inspired by African American musicians.

In 1979, then President Jimmy Carter declared the month of June to be Black Music Month. Its purpose was to recognize the role African Americans have played in helping to shape music of all styles.

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The month was celebrated informally until 2000 when the House of Representatives signed off on a presidential order to make it official. From that day on, Black Music Month has been acknowledged as a true American occasion.

In 2009, former President Barack Obama changed the name of Black Music Month to African-American Music Appreciation Month. Last year, President Trump released a proclamation for people to use the month of June to raise awareness and appreciation of African American music.

So how can you celebrate African-American Music Appreciation Month in Atlanta this year? Here's a list of events featuring African American artists across Atlanta:

500 Songs for Kids

7 p.m. Saturday, June 1 
The Earl 
488 Flat Shoals Ave. SE, Atlanta

Throughout the year, non-profit Song for Kids organizes fundraising events where bands and solo artists of all skill levels can take the stage to sing kid songs to a live audience of all ages. Performers from all backgrounds and walks of life can pick a tune and have fun with it. In the past celebrities like Janelle Monae and Ceelo have performed at Songs for Kids events.

For each event, attendees can decide for themselves how much they want to pay to enter. More information, including future event dates, can be found on the foundation's website.

Virginia-Highland Summerfest

10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, June 1; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 2 

Virginia-Highland Summerfest Main Stage - John Howell Park

Park Drive at Virginia Avenue, Atlanta

The annual Virginia-Highland Summerfest features two days of art and musical performances among many other attractions. Stop by at 3 pm on Saturday, June 1 to see DAYSHAWNX on the main stage.

Trey Songz performs onstage at SOMETHING IN THE WATER - Day 3 on April 28, 2019 in Virginia Beach City.

Tycoon Music Festival

6 p.m. Saturday, June 8 

Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood

2002 Lakewood Way SW, Atlanta

Kendrick Lamar. 50 Cent. Chris Brown. T.I. Trey Songz. Each of these artists has headlined their own concert over the years, but Tycoon Music Festival will bring them all together at one concert. Buy tickets to catch these legends through Live Nation.

Juneteenth Atlanta Black History Parade and Music Festival

2-9 p.m. Friday, June 14; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m June 15; Sunday, June 16 - 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The Home Depot Backyard (near Mercedes-Benz Stadium)

1 Backyard Way, Atlanta

Over Father's Day weekend, Juneteenth Atlanta will be hosting its annual Juneteenth Parade and Music Festival. The event will feature cultural food, activities and performances from various musicians. The parade, which will take place on Saturday, June 15, will start off on Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. in downtown Atlanta. The full parade route and festival hours can be found on the Juneteenth Atlanta website.

Pride & Joy – The Marvin Gaye Musical

Various times, Thursday, June 6 to Sunday, June 9

Fox Theatre

660 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta

Featuring 28 Motown songs, Pride & Joy, The Marvin Gaye Musical tells the story of how the talented musician fell in love with Anna Gordy during the intense time period between the 50's and 60's. The Fox Theatre website has the showtimes and tickets available for purchase.

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An Evening Under the Stars Blues Festival

7 p.m. Saturday, June 15 

Wolf Creek Amphitheater

3025 Merk Road SW, College Park

Tucka and Willie Clayton lead the list of performers expected to grace the stage at the Evening Under the Stars Blues Festival. Tickets are available through Live Nation.

MARIETTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 08: Singer Keke Wyatt arrives on the "Women of Bad Boy" red carpet at Marietta's New Theater on September 8, 2016 in Marietta, Georgia. (Photo by Robin L Marshall/Getty Images)
Photo: Robin L Marshall/Getty Images

McDonald's Black & Positively Golden Gospel Tour

6 p.m. Saturday, June 22 

New Birth Cathedral

6400 Woodrow Road, Lithonia

Each year, McDonald's hosts a free gospel tour to raise money for Ronald McDonald House Charities. Performers like Donald Lawrence, Keke Wyatt and Kierra Sheard are slated to perform, among others. Ticket and donation information can be found via the Eventbrite page.

Hot 107.9's Birthday Bash ATL

7 p.m. Saturday, June 15 

StateFarm Arena

1 State Farm Dr., Atlanta

Some of the most popular hip-hop artists on the scene are coming to Atlanta for Hot 107.9's Birthday Bash. Performers include Migos, Lil Yachty, Megan Thee Stallion and Lil Baby. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.

Birthday Bash ATL Block Party

Saturday, June 15 - 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Centennial Olympic Park

265 Park Ave. NW, Atlanta

If you can't make it to Birthday Bash, Hot 107.9 is hosting a free block party and concert earlier on the same day. Featuring Jacquees, the self-proclaimed King of R&B, the block party kicks off at noon and will have performances until 5 pm.

Chandra Currelley will be among the jazz greats honoring other women in jazz on Sunday at Morehouse College. HANDOUT
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4th Annual Jazz Matters at the Wren's Nest

8 p.m. (gates open at 7 p.m.) Friday, June 21

The Wren's Nest

1050 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. SW, Atlanta

Each summer the Wren's Nest hosts a summer concert series featuring jazz artists from around the world. In June, you can catch Chandra Currelley, Yonrico Scott and the Barry Richman Band. Tickets are available through Eventbrite.

Rapper Rich The Kid performs during boohooMAN Presents Illuminate Festival at At The P on June 11, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Photo: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images,

Rich the Kid: The World is Yours 2 Tour

8 p.m. Monday, June 24

Buckhead Theatre

3110 Roswell Rd. NE, Atlanta

Rapper and songwriter, Rich the Kid will be in town this month with his The World is Yours 2 tour. Tickets are available through Live Nation.

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