Performers & Speakers

Heart and Sol and The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Loveland Events Committee are so excited to be bringing Loveland this outstanding line up for Juneteenth! Check out our speakers and artists below!

Saja Butler

Saja Butler has been playing and performing music of all kinds for over 30 years. She was classically trained on the clarinet for years, but now happily plays guitar, banjo, ukulele, and piano, as well as voice. She is the proud owner of Urban Monk Studios, a music instruction studio in Fort Collins since 2007. She teaches mostly adults who are returning to or beginning their journey to music at a non-traditional age. As well as performing her own originals in northern Colorado, she has published songs for Open Stage’s productions of “Romeo and Juliet”, “Tiny Beautiful Things” and “Sherwood”, as well as other similar works. Saja also currently performs with Lois and the Lantern, who play folk, punk, and bluegrass originals and covers. Saja’s solo set is a fusion of Soul and Folk.

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Dr. George H. Junne, Jr.

Dr. Junne is Professor and Coordinator of Africana Studies at the University of Northern Colorado. His specialty is African American history and culture. He has written on the African American town of Dearfield, CO, the Massachusetts 54th Infantry of the Civil War, the Harlem Renaissance in Denver, Black eunuchs of the Ottoman Empire, and other topics.

During the summers, Dr. Junne is a fossil collector for the University of Michigan Museum of Paleontology. There are three fossils named after him. He also works with UNC archaeology crews at North Park, Colorado, and at Dearfield and is a visiting professor at Bogazici University in Istanbul. Junne holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

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Uche Ogbuji

Uche Ogbuji, more properly Úchèńnà Ogbújí, is a poet, spoken word performer and DJ. He fell in love with these crafts while studying engineering at Nsukka, Nigeria. His chapbook, Ndewo, Colorado (Aldrich Press), is a Colorado Book Award Winner. His forthcoming book, Ńchéfù Road is winner of the Christopher Smart Prize in the UK.

Work published worldwide, fuses Igbo culture, European classicism, American Mountain West setting, Hip-Hop and afrofuturism. His poetry/music/video project Easy Words, offers a minority immigrant perspective on the #BlackLivesMatter protests of 2020. Born in Calabar, Nigeria, he has settled near Boulder, Colorado after much world wandering.

Photo credit to: Renee Ramge

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Nino Sanguine Feroz

N. Sanguine Feroz is a Pro-Black, east coast wordsmith with 7 years in the game. They bring fire, passion, healing and soul to any stage. From spoken-word to rap, Sanguine invokes an electrifying representation of spirit. Their performance and writing styles are heavily influenced by notable word-smiths like Lunathepoet, Zora Neale Hurston and musicians like Sade, Queen Latifah and Earth Wind and Fire. N. Sanguine Feroz is currently experimenting with sound as an underground musician noted as The Soulful Sanguine Madmxn.

Julia Kirkwood

At age 15, Julia already has been performing for over a decade and composing almost as long. Her songs offer compelling glimpses into the inner world of youth in the thrall of discovery, conveying a signature energy that holds the promise of a bright musical future.
Playing 95% original music. Half ballad half upbeat.
genre: pop
Instagram: juliakirkwood_official
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Adam Golden

Adam Golden is an up and coming live sound and studio engineer. He is also a performer, singer, songwriter, and guitarist.

Adam is dedicated to delivering a top notch experience to both his audience and performers. As a performer himself, he understands the importance of giving artists an enjoyable, accommodating space to work in so they can be at their very best for their audience!