‘Celebrate Soulfully’ at Disneyland Resort now honors Black Music Month

by Susan and Simon Veness

Black Music Month experiences and entertainment have been added to Disneyland Resort’s “Celebrate Soulfully” festivities, from June 1-July 4, 2022, showcasing the rich heritage and culture of Black artists.

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Photo by Christian Thompson/Disneyland Resort

Throughout the resort, daily live performances will celebrate genres such as doo-wop, Motown, funk, reggae, and more, while Disney California Adventure Park, Downtown Disney District, and Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa each feature special Black Music Month performances.

Black Music Month at Disney California Adventure Park

Carthy Circle goes full-on nostalgic as a cappella vocal group Philly Phonics perform 1920s to modern day jazz tunes, and Five & Dime sings swing tunes from the 1920s and ‘30s.

The park also puts on block parties at Hollywood Backlot each evening starting at 5:15 p.m., giving guests the chance to dance under the stars while bands such as Midnight Hour kick out Motown tunes and eight-piece band Urban Music Society offer their R&B and funk sounds.

Downtown Disney District entertainment

Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen hosts a jazz pianist for nightly performances while the Downtown Disney Live! Stage showcases various genres by groups that include Singers of Soul, Denean’s Soul Foundation, The Rhythm & Blues Brothas, and more, starting at 6:30 p.m. each evening.

On Saturdays and Sundays, the Downtown Disney Live! Stage features a DJ playing hits from 1-4 p.m., while craft activities and a music-themed mural guests can contribute to are nearby.

The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure” touring exhibit will remain at Downtown Disney District through July 4, 2022. The display is free to all guests and is open from noon-8 p.m. daily.

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Black Music Month at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

GCH Craftsman Bar overlooking the hotel’s pool is the spot for soul-soothing Jamaican, Afro-Cuban, and reggae sounds by performers such as Island Reggae.

Special dining at Disneyland Resort

Troubadour Tavern at Disneyland Park – New items such as chicken-coconut curry sweet potato, berbere-spiced popcorn, and cardamom cold brew have been added to the menu.

Award Wieners at Disneyland Park – Try soul food flavors with the dining outlet’s new foot-long BBQ pulled pork dog, and peaches and cream funnel cake fries.

Downtown Disney District will offer dishes such as Bred Nashville Hot Chicken and frozen treats from Happy Ice, each found at local Black-owned food trucks.

Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen at the Downtown Disney District adds a signature cocktail, peach pie old fashioned featuring Uncle Nearest whiskey.

GCH Craftsman Bar at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa offers two limited-time menu items for Black Music Month. Watch for a surf and turf of jerk-seasoned beef tenderloin skewers and coconut shrimp with raspberry rum sauce, plus a special summer cocktail.

In addition, guests can celebrate soulfully year-round by training with the Dora Milaje royal guard of Wakanda at Avengers Campus; enjoying a fairytale meal with at Napa Rose with Princess Tiana from “The Princess and the Frog” animated movie; and discovering artisan goods from Black-owned businesses at the Downtown Disney District’s Post 21.

Find the full Black Music Month entertainment schedule at Disneyland.com or on the Disneyland mobile app.

Kierra Sheard, Celebrate Gospel during Celebrate Soulfully at Disneyland Resort

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