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First & Central Summer Concerts 2008

FREE

Our popular outdoor concert series returns for a fourth season of great music and delicious food in the heart of Little Tokyo. Make an evening of it, savoring the sounds of master musicians and not-to-be missed newcomers! Free and open to the public, this year‘s series opens with another exuberant “uke” celebration, continues with a jazz tribute to Central Avenue, and closes with the West Coast debut of Chicha Libre.

No reservations needed. Seating available on a first come, first served basis. Events are subject to change.

Series made possible, in part, by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission; the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles; and the James Irvine Foundation. Media sponsors: KPFK 90.7 FM, Los Angeles Downtown News, The Pasadena Weekly, and Folkworks.

 


Thursday, Jul 10, 2008

1st & Central Summer Concerts: Southern California Ukulele Showcase II

events/100_Paula_Fuga.jpg By overwhelming demand, our “uke” celebration makes a return visit. This time we feature “up-and-comers,” including Paula Fuga, Brittni Paiva, Abe Lagrimas, Moana, The Monnlighters, and King Kukulele. Co-curated with Ali Lexa, host of Ukulele Spotlight, KPFK 90.7 FM.

2008 1st & Central Summer Concerts schedule

July 24 - Prelude to the 2008 Central Avenue Jazz Festival

August 21 - La Santa Cecilia, Cheap Landscape, and zocaloZüe

September 18 - Savina Yannatou & Primavera en Salonico

September 25 - Chicha Libre and Etran Finatawa

6:30 PM

 


Thursday, Jul 24, 2008

1st & Central Summer Concerts: Prelude to the 2008 Central Avenue Jazz Festival

The National Museum, in collaboration with the office the Honorable Councilwoman Jan Perry (Los Angeles Council District 9), presents a loving nod to the rich and diverse history of one of the city’s most fabled streets. Artists include Dave Iwataki, LA Jazz Collective, and Dwight Trible. Co-curated with pianist-composer Gary Fukushima. For information, visit www.centralavejazz.com/
or contact: ito.scott@gmail.com.

2008 1st & Central Summer Concerts schedule

August 21 - La Santa Cecilia, Cheap Landscape, and zocaloZüe

September 18 - Savina Yannatou & Primavera en Salonico

September 25 - Chicha Libre and Etran Finatawa

6:30 PM

 


Thursday, Aug 21, 2008

1st & Central Summer Concerts: La Santa Cecilia, Cheap Landscape, and zocaloZüe

events/100Cheap_Landscape.jpg East LA meets the NY downtown music scene as these three emerging groups offer Afro Caribbean sounds with a twist. From La Santa Cecilia’s genre blurring use of traditional instruments to Cheap Landscape’s distorted Colombian cumbia to zocaloZüe’s pumped up Mexican son this evening will featuring more than a few sonic surprises. Co-curated with independent producer Betto Arcos.

2008 1st & Central Summer Concerts schedule

September 18 - Savina Yannatou & Primavera en Salonico

September 25 - Chicha Libre and Etran Finatawa

6:30 PM

 


Thursday, Sep 18, 2008

1st & Central Summer Concerts: Savina Yannatou & Primavera en Salonico

events/Savina_Yannatou100.jpg Internationally acclaimed Greek vocalist, Savina Yannatou, is a force of nature. This extraordinary evening of traditional and original sacred music from throughout the Mediterranean is presented as part of the 2008 World Festival of Sacred Music—Los Angeles. For festival details, visit www.festivalofsacredmusic.org.

2008 1st & Central Summer Concerts schedule

September 25 - Chicha Libre and Etran Finatawa

6:30 PM

 


Thursday, Sep 25, 2008

1st & Central Summer Concerts: Chicha Libre and Etran Finatawa

events/071102_EtranFinatawa_100.jpg 1st & Central 2008 closes with a global dance party featuring the West Coast debut of Brooklyn-based Chicha Libre and the desert sounds of Niger’s Etran Finatawa. Don’t leave home without your dancing shoes as Latin rhythms, surf music, and psychedelic pop inspired by Peruvian music from the Amazon share the stage with driving guitar riffs that will transport you deep into the heart of the Sahara.

6:30 PM

 

 

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