“There’s an old place where people go
To dance the night away …”
We’re talking about the famed Tuxedo Junction in Ensley. Function in the Junction, the annual celebration of the Ensley community and composer Erskine Hawkins, takes place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Erskine Hawkins Park [map]. This year marks the event’s 25th anniversary.
The free daylong celebration includes musical performances, a parade and food. Among the scheduled jazz, gospel and reggae acts are the Birmingham Heritage Band, Praise Dancers, Roots Posse, the Christian Heart Gospel Singers and Kalu.
In addition, Jubilee on Avenue E focuses on the business district. Also free, this event takes place tonight from 6 to 11 and includes music, art, fashion and a new historic marker.
For more information, see the press release.
Video: “Tuxedo Junction,” Glenn Miller Orchestra