Soul of the City: Juneteenth with Queen Esther

When: Saturday, June 17, 2023, 2:00pm
Price: General Admission $15 | Members $10
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Courtesy, Queen Esther

Celebrate Juneteenth at MCNY at a live performance by songwriter, musician, and epic storyteller Queen Esther!

Described by Vanity Fair as "...a brutal, original, explosive singer..." and Feedback as "...the unknown queen of Americana", Queen Esther will perform selections from her substantial body of alt-country, jazz, Black Americana to fearlessly subvert all-too-common historical narratives, revealing the powerfully triumphant resolve of Black folk in the 19th century. She will lean heavily on her latest release, Rona -- a pandemic album that explores themes about love: those we hold close near and far, the ever-evolving landscape of a desolate city and finding a place to call home in a changing and restless world. With Brandi Disterheft on bass, Jeff McLaughlin on guitar, J. Walter Hawkes on ukelele, and Sharp Radway on piano.

Your concert ticket includes all-day Museum admission.

Soul of the City: Live @ MCNY is a series of intimate concerts featuring a wide range of New York artists, both upcoming and veteran, performing acoustic sets and sharing the personal stories behind their music.

About Queen Esther
Queen Esther is a vocalist, lyricist, songwriter, musician, producer, solo performer, playwright and librettist. Raised in the unapologetically Black bastion of Atlanta, Georgia – ensconced in the vibrancy of the Black Arts Movement and the sonic undertow of the Black church – and rooted in Charleston, South Carolina's culturally rich and enigmatic Lowcountry, a region with African traditions and Black folkways that span centuries and deeply inform her work, Queen Esther embraces lost American history along with her wide-ranging and ever changing aural influences, as she leans heavily on the bluing of the note to create reclamation-driven Black Americana. Her Southern penchant for storytelling entwines historical truths with personal anecdotes that reinterpret traditional and original songs, blurring the past and present, and embracing the connectedness of the human spirit.


Event Logistics (subject to changed based on NYC regulations):

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  • All sales are final; refunds not permitted. Exchanges and credit for future programs only. Programs and dates may be subject to change. 

Members: To receive your discount, click on the "Buy Tickets" button above, then sign in to your account on the ticketing page.

Groups of 10 or more get discounts; contact us at or 917.492.3395.

Accessibility: Assistive listening devices are available and our auditorium wheelchair lift can accommodate manual and motorized wheelchairs (max. capacity 500 lbs). Please contact the Museum at 917.492.3333 or with any questions.


Soul of the City is made possible with support from John and Patricia Heller.

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