City Kicks-Off ‘Summer Sounds’ Free Outdoor Concert Series
The City of West Hollywood presents its 2018 Summer Sounds Free Outdoor Concert Series, which will take place on selected Sunday evenings at 5 p.m. between Sunday, June 24, 2018 and Sunday, September 16, 2018 in open-air spaces at public parks in West Hollywood.
The series will kick-off with Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles, the world’s first and only LGBTQ mariachi band, on Sunday, June 24, 2018 at 5 p.m. at Plummer Park, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard. This unique ensemble was created as a haven for mariachi musicians who identify as LGBTQ to perform traditional Mexican regional music in an otherwise “machista” and sometimes discriminating subculture of the mariachi world. Led by director Carlos Samaniego, Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles performs its repertoire with a focus on the LGBTQ community while maintaining the highest level of musicality. Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles is proud to have Natalia Melendez, the first transgender female in the history of mariachi, as one of its members. Check them out on YouTube performing at the Pacific Pride Festival. This concert is additionally presented as part of the City of West Hollywood’s One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival, a 40-day celebration of LGBTQ pride through the arts. More information and a full list of One City One Pride events is avaiable at www.weho.org/pride. RSVP for this concert at https://summersounds-june2018.eventbrite.com.
The next concert in the series will feature a blend of funk, Afro, and Latin music performed by Jungle Fire on Sunday, July 22, 2018 at 5 p.m. at Plummer Park, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard. Jungle Fire is a 10-piece TropiFunk juggernaut influenced by the music of legends such as Irakere, Ray Barretto, James Brown, Fela Kuti, and Manu Dibango — to name a few — and creates a melting pot of Afro-Caribbean and West African rhythms with a heavy break beat funk. The members’ diverse musical and cultural backgrounds are a direct reflection of the musical and cultural landscape of Los Angeles and have recorded, toured and/or played with Stevie Wonder, Breakestra, Ozomatli, Quantic, Alice Russell, De La Soul, La Santa Cecilia, Celia Cruz, LCD Soundsystem, and U2 among many others. Get a taste of their music on YouTube. RSVP for this free concert at https://summersounds-july2018.eventbrite.com.
“It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing.” Join The Lady Lucks all-female swing band on Sunday, August 19, 2018 at 5 p.m. at Kings Road Park, located at 1000 N. Kings Road. The Lady Lucks are a new group, and they can swing with the best of them! They’ve played on TV, film, and in large venues, including the Hollywood Bowl, Grand Performances, Rusty’s Rhythm Club, the City of Santa Monica’s 100th Anniversary Celebration, Veteran’s Day Celebration in Coalinga, CSUN’s Veteran’s Resource Center’s 5th Anniversary, and more. Check out their swingin’ sounds on YouTube. RSVP for this free concert at https://summersounds-aug2018.eventbrite.com.
Closing out the City of West Hollywood’s Summer Sounds series will be Carol Bach-y-Rita, who will perform on Sunday, September 16, 2018 at 5 p.m. at Kings Road Park, located at 1000 N. Kings Road. In addition to beautifully interpreting the best of the American Songbook, Carol frolics through the gorgeous music of Brazil and the Americas in Spanish and Portuguese. Her sound is lush and swinging from the intimacy of a duo setting to a full big band. She has been a featured performer at jazz venues and festivals throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan, with noted repeat engagements with MTT (Michael Tilson Thomas) and The San Francisco Symphony and at the Monterey Jazz Festival. Her current release, Minha Casa / My House, is garnering rave reviews and wide airplay nationwide. Listen to Carol over your Morning Coffee on SoundCloud. RSVP for this free concert at https://summersounds-sept2018.eventbrite.com.
The City of West Hollywood’s 2018 Summer Sounds Free Outdoor Concert Series is organized by the City of West Hollywood’s Arts Division. Summer Sounds concerts are free to attend; RSVPs are not required, but are requested. Limited first-come, first-served seating will be available, and attendees are welcome to bring picnics and picnic blankets.
For additional information and to hear and watch more music samples from each of the featured performers, please visit www.weho.org/summersounds.For more information, please contact Joy Tribble, the City of West Hollywood’s Arts Technician, at (323) 848-6360 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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