Maria Muldaur, a folk-blues singer who made the 1974 hit “Midnight at the Oasis,” will be performing at the Second Annual Juneteenth Freedom Celebration on Saturday, June 21, sponsored by the Marin City Community Development Corp.
The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place at First Missionary Baptist Church, located at 501 Drake Ave. (corner of Drake Ave. and Pacheco St.) from noon to 2 p.m.
The celebration will feature performances by the community choir and from the Marin City’s youth. Other southern Marin County towns will be presenting essays and poetry.
Cindy Issac, well known local director and producer, will dramatize the theme of the holiday in a short play. The Unsung Hero Award will be presented to two community leaders.
Maria Muldaur was born Maria Grazia Rosa Domenica D’Amato on Sept. 12, 1943 in Greenwich Village in New York City. She began Maria D’Amato the early 1960s as a member of the Even Dozen Jug Band. She then joined Jim Kweskin & His Jug Band as a featured vocalist and occasional violinist.
Throughout her career, Muldaur has also performed and recorded with other artist such as Taj Mahal, Bonnie Raitt, Eric Bibb, Del Rey, and Steve James. She has recorded 40 solo albums in which she has sung Gospel, R&B, Country Blues, Jazz and Big Band.