Free, family-friendly event returns to Johnson C. Smith Campus Sept. 14-15

Soul Junction, a free, two-day music festival featuring top talent from across the nation and right here at home returns to Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte’s Historic West End September 14 and 15. Grammy-nominated singer Maimouna Youssef, soul trio Moonchild and R&B artist Bilal will headline this year’s festival.

Soul Junction, which is free to attend, celebrates the culture, music and soul of Charlotte’s Historic West End neighborhood. Live performances run from 5:00- 10:15 p.m. on Friday, September 14, and from 3:00-10:15 p.m. on Saturday, September 15 on the lawn of Liston Hall, 100 Beatties Ford Road. Food trucks will be on site in the M&F Bank parking lot, adjacent to the festival site. Event registration is currently available at

“We are excited to bring Soul Junction back for yet another year,” said Alysia D. Osborne, AICP, Director of Historic West End at Charlotte Center City Partners. “The Historic West End community has always been a gathering place, a place where people come from all over the region and the country to experience the best in soul, funk, jazz, art, food and much more. This year’s festival continues that tradition in this important community.”

The festival started in 2016 to honor the traditions of the past while serving as a bridge to the future. Soul Junction serves an extension of the long-standing history of art, culture and music in the Historic West End.

Charlotte Center City Partners, the Historic West End Initiative, JCSU and the Knight Foundation produce this event annually. For more information and the complete lineup, please visit
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