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2016 Summer Sounds (June 26 to August 21, 2016) 

Between June 26 and August 21, the City of West Hollywood through WeHo Arts will present the 2016 Summer Sounds Free Concert Series, which will take place outdoors throughout the summer in West Hollywood's public spaces.

All concerts are FREE to attend and start at 4 pm. RSVPs are not needed. Limited first come, first serve seating will be available, or alternately bring a picnic basket to enjoy the show.

 Jennifer Leitham

Jennifer Leitham with a special 2 pm screening of ‘I Stand Corrected’
Jazz
City Hall Community Plaza, 8300 Santa Monica Blvd.
June 26, 2016

Join us at 2pm for a free screening of the 2012 Outfest audience award winning documentary, "I Stand Corrected," which tells of Jennifer's public transition from John Leitham while on tour with Doc Severinson. Director and Producer Andrea Meyerson will be on hand for a Q and A. Presented as part of One City One Pride (www.weho.org/pride).

At 4pm, Jennifer Leitham will be kicking off the Summer Sounds free concert series. She is a highly praised veteran artist whose resume includes gigs with everyone from Woody Herman and George Shearing to Mel Tormé, K.D. Lang, and Peggy Lee. She has played on over 140 albums, including 10 albums of her own. Leitham’s latest CD, Mood(S)wings, showcases a stellar collection of standards and originals, with Leitham’s remarkable left handed bass playing and her captivating vocals in the spotlight. 

Music Sample: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2KsjGE-OEE

Artist Website: http://jenniferleitham.com

 


MoForro

MôForró
Brazilian Forró
Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd.
July 10, 2016

MôForró plays accordion-driven, hip-swiveling dance music featuring accordion, guitar, fiddle, flute, zabumba (Brazilian drum), triangle, voice, and percussion. Since forming in late 2012, MôForró–along with the Forró in L.A. collective–has been integral to the growing popularity of forró as a dance genre throughout Southern California. MôForró has played in major cities throughout the US including San Francisco, Chicago, Miami, and New York and can be seen regularly at Trópico de Nopal Gallery and Art Space in Echo Park.

Forró is a Brazilian music that is danced in partners, similar to salsa or cumbia. Dancing is encouraged!

Music Sample: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXx0zQ3i95c

Artist Website: http://www.moforro.com


Beat Mosaic

 

Beat Mosaic
Funk and Soul
Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd.

July 24, 2016

Beat Mosaic is a fun, dance-able and hard-hitting California Soul and Groove band anchored in a classic funk sound evoking comparisons to Sharon Jones, the Meters and the J.B’s. A band with influences ranging from rare funk, classic soul, and psychedelic rock to the rhythmic layers and textures of afrobeat and jazz, Beat Mosaic weaves a tapestry of styles into a seamlessly organic and natural groove.

Music Sample: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXMBpSzSTZM

Artist Website: www.beatmosaic.com


Zetz Klezmer
Zetz Klezmer Ensemble
Klezmer / Fusion/ World Music 
Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd.

August 7
, 2016

Zetz is an energetic and entertaining ensemble that charms audiences across all age groups and cultural backgrounds. Their original and traditional music is rooted in klezmer traditions of Eastern European Jews, but also fuses sounds from across the globe. These creative musicians draw upon a range of music from lyrical haunting melodies of the synagogue and folk music to witty and entertaining Yiddish vaudeville songs, from boisterous dances of the Russians and Ukrainians to music with a bit of western classical and rock. During the show Zetz will share fun and entertaining stories, history, and demonstrations on what klezmer music is.

Music Sample: https://zetzklezmer.bandcamp.com/track/laments-and-zetz

Artist Website: www.zetzkelzmer.com

This concert is sponsored by Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl.


Mark Christian Miller

Mark Christian Miller
Jazz/Swing
Kings Road Park, 1000 Kings Rd.

August 21, 2016

For our final Summer Sounds free concert series, West Hollywood resident Mark Christian Miller will perform. His well received second recording "Crazy Moon" was played in rotation on 115 jazz stations nationwide and spent four months on the national charts. His third release "Remembering Page" is to be released in 2016.  Miller is a veteran of the jazz scene in Southern California, and is also a well known artist manager.  His frequent nightclub appearances have earned him a loyal following and the respect of his peers.

Music Sample: https://soundcloud.com/mark-christian-miller/cheek-to-cheek

Artist Website: http://www.markchristianmiller.com


Directions and Parking:

City Hall Community Plaza: 8300 Santa Monica Blvd. (behind City Hall). Parking: Kings Road parking structure and adjacent streets. 

Kings Road Park: 1000 N. Kings Road (at Romaine St. 1 block south of Santa Monica Blvd). Parking: Kings Road parking structure and adjacent streets. 

Plummer Park: 7377 Santa Monica Blvd. Concerts take place just north of the Community Center. Free Parking in both Plummer Park parking lots accessible from Santa Monica Blvd. or Fountain Ave.

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 Summer Sounds 2016

 

If you are a musician whose music may be suited for a Summer or Winter Sounds Concert we have an open application process. Application deadlines vary but generally you can expect that we will have applications open in February and September of each year. More info on our 'opportunities' page. 

Parking, food, etc.:
A limited number of chairs are provided at all Summer Sounds events. The Parks are ideal picnic spots, so bring a blanket and a basket and enjoy! (Please note: City parks are alcohol free).

Kings Road Park: 1000 N. Kings Road (at Romaine St. 1 block south of Santa Monica Blvd). Parking: Kings Road parking structure and adjacent streets. There's a number of local restaurants walking distance to the park, where you can pick up food for the concert, and Gelson's Market is half a block away.

Plummer Park: 7377 Santa Monica Blvd. Free Parking in both Plummer Park parking lots accessible from Santa Monica Blvd. or Fountain Ave. There's a number of local restaurants walking distance to the park, where you can pick up food for the concert.

Facebook logoemail icon Like us on facebook or sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date on concert information and opportunities.

Go to Visit West Hollywood to plan your night out in WeHo.

If you are a musician whose music may be suited for a Summer or Winter Sounds Concert we have an open application process. Application deadlines vary but generally you can expect that we will have applications open in February and September of each year. More info on our 'opportunities' page. 

Parking, food, etc.:
A limited number of chairs are provided at all Summer Sounds events. The Parks are ideal picnic spots, so bring a blanket and a basket and enjoy! (Please note: City parks are alcohol free).

Kings Road Park: 1000 N. Kings Road (at Romaine St. 1 block south of Santa Monica Blvd). Parking: Kings Road parking structure and adjacent streets. There's a number of local restaurants walking distance to the park, where you can pick up food for the concert, and Gelson's Market is half a block away.

Plummer Park: 7377 Santa Monica Blvd. Free Parking in both Plummer Park parking lots accessible from Santa Monica Blvd. or Fountain Ave. There's a number of local restaurants walking distance to the park, where you can pick up food for the concert.

Facebook logoemail icon Like us on facebook or sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date on concert information and opportunities.

Go to Visit West Hollywood to plan your night out in WeHo.

If you are a musician whose music may be suited for a Summer or Winter Sounds Concert we have an open application process. Application deadlines vary but generally you can expect that we will have applications open in February and September of each year. More info on our 'opportunities' page. 

Parking, food, etc.:
A limited number of chairs are provided at all Summer Sounds events. The Parks are ideal picnic spots, so bring a blanket and a basket and enjoy! (Please note: City parks are alcohol free).

Kings Road Park: 1000 N. Kings Road (at Romaine St. 1 block south of Santa Monica Blvd). Parking: Kings Road parking structure and adjacent streets. There's a number of local restaurants walking distance to the park, where you can pick up food for the concert, and Gelson's Market is half a block away.

Plummer Park: 7377 Santa Monica Blvd. Free Parking in both Plummer Park parking lots accessible from Santa Monica Blvd. or Fountain Ave. There's a number of local restaurants walking distance to the park, where you can pick up food for the concert.

Facebook logoemail icon Like us on facebook or sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date on concert information and opportunities.

Go to Visit West Hollywood to plan your night out in WeHo.

If you are a musician whose music may be suited for a Summer or Winter Sounds Concert we have an open application process. Application deadlines vary but generally you can expect that we will have applications open in February and September of each year. More info on our 'opportunities' page. 

Parking, food, etc.:
A limited number of chairs are provided at all Summer Sounds events. The Parks are ideal picnic spots, so bring a blanket and a basket and enjoy! (Please note: City parks are alcohol free).

Kings Road Park: 1000 N. Kings Road (at Romaine St. 1 block south of Santa Monica Blvd). Parking: Kings Road parking structure and adjacent streets. There's a number of local restaurants walking distance to the park, where you can pick up food for the concert, and Gelson's Market is half a block away.

Plummer Park: 7377 Santa Monica Blvd. Free Parking in both Plummer Park parking lots accessible from Santa Monica Blvd. or Fountain Ave. There's a number of local restaurants walking distance to the park, where you can pick up food for the concert.

Facebook logoemail icon Like us on facebook or sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date on concert information and opportunities.

Go to Visit West Hollywood to plan your night out in WeHo.

If you are a musician whose music may be suited for a Summer or Winter Sounds Concert we have an open application process. Application deadlines vary but generally you can expect that we will have applications open in February and September of each year. More info on our 'opportunities' page.