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Playboy Jazz Festival:The Tradition Continues

By Ricky Ricardo, published on Jun 23, 2014

Playboy Jazz Festival-The Tradition Continues

Hollywood-The Playboy Jazz Festival returned to the iconic Hollywood Bowl, June 14-15, 2014 for its 36th edition. For 35 years, the festival sailed under the Playboy banner. The 36th edition is under new management, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, who promised and delivered a well attended and well received festival.

Tony White and J.B. Dyas deserve a “Keeping Jazz Alive” Award for their dedication and commitment to jazz education. Once again, the LAUSD/Beyond the Bell All City Jazz Big Band opened the show with a solid... (more)

Tags: playboy jazz festival, l.a. philharmonic association, hollwood bowl

28th Annual Long Beach Bayou Festival

By Ricky Ricardo, published on Jun 2, 2014

Long Beach Bayou Festival Returns to Rainbow Lagoon

Long Beach-Dust off your dancing shoes, it’s time to Let the Good Times Roll at the Long Beach Bayou Festival. This is a popular Zydeco, Blues, Creole and Cajun Festival (Louisiana culture on full display). Fun for the entire family.

The festival celebrates its 28th year, at the grassy knoll of the Rainbow Lagoon Park, in Long Beach, Saturday, June 21st and Sunday, June 22n, 2014.

A stellar line-up of artists is scheduled to entertain all attendees. Otis Taylor Band, Sonny Green, Delta Groove All-Stars, Jeffrey Broussard... (more)

Tags: long beach bayou festival, rainbow lagoon, lala, benoit entertainment group

Music Matters at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza

By Ricky Ricardo, published on Jun 2, 2014

Music Matters at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza

Los Angeles-BET made one giant step, of the music kind toward The Road To The BET Experience. Several thousand people were in attendance at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Mall, Saturday, May 31st for the start of this popular series of concerts.

This lively crowd could attest that Music Matter! A free star-studded Music Matters concert was held at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza Mall on the outdoor Promenade. The concert was the first of a series that takes place every Saturday, at 3PM from May 31st to June 21st, leading up to the... (more)

Tags: baldwin hills crenshaw plaza, bet experience, eric bellinger, adrian marcel, mateo

Grand Park's Got Moves:The Salsa Session

By Ricky Ricardo, published on May 28, 2014

Grand Park’s Got Moves: The Salsa Session

Los Angeles-Los Angeles City officials would have been proud to see the multi-cultural, multi-ethnic crowd of several thousand salseros of all ages, gathered in Grand Park, on Memorial Day, just a few yards across from Los Angeles City Hall. “Creating Unity thru Salsa” stated Albert Torres, Founder of the International LA Salsa Fest (formerly Los Angeles Salsa Congress).

Summer officially or unofficially got underway with the inaugural Grand Park’s Got Moves: The Salsa Session, Monday, May 26, 2014. This exciting event, came on the heels... (more)

Tags: oscar hernandez, grand park, albert torres, ricardo lemvo & makina loca, the spanish harlem orchestra, international l.a. salsa fest

St. Elmo's Village 45th Anniversary Celebration

By Ricky Ricardo, published on May 28, 2014

St. Elmo’s Village 45th Anniversary Celebration

Los Angeles-Residents of the greater Los Angeles area are fortunate to have so many options to enjoy for Memorial Day Weekend. I joined a community of creative people and visitors for St. Elmo’s Village 45th Anniversary Celebration with the theme “Celebrating the Art of Creative Survival.”

The celebration got underway on Saturday, May 24th with an eclectic musical line-up featuring DJ Nnamdi spinning tracks, guitarist and vocalist Rei Fukuda, solo jazz piano of Greg Bryant, poetry recited by Mark-Anthony Johnson, Damon Turner, V.... (more)

Tags: st. elmo village, ufahamu 45th anniversary band, dee dee mcneil, clarence johnston quartet, gregg wright and rei fukuda

Prescencia Cubana Returns to Echo Park

By Ricky Ricardo, published on May 28, 2014

Prescencia Cubana Returns to Echo Park

Los Angeles-A huge, enthusiastic crowd welcomed the return of Prescencia Cubana to Echo Park on Sunday, May 18, 2014. This fantastic festival celebrated the cultural heritage of the Cuban community living throughout the greater Los Angeles area. The festival featured live performances, arts and crafts, Cuban food and coffee, and activities for children. The event also commemorates the island’s freedom from Spain on May 20, 1902.

The festival took place at Echo Park, but with a different logistical layout. The festival gave new meaning to... (more)

Tags: prescencia cubana en los angeles, cuba la, josiel perez's ac jazz project, chanqui majadera, the arsenio rodriquez project

Literacy Day at California African American Museum

By Ricky Ricardo, published on May 20, 2014

National Children’s Book Week at California African American Museum

By Ricky Richardson

Los Angeles-National Children’s Book Week was celebrated with a marvelous program at the California African American Museum. Literacy Day was celebrated with a program entitled “Heads are Turning; Children are Learning, Saturday, May 17, 2014.

An attentive crowd of young kids were treated to a fun-filled day of activities designed to promote literacy. Art projects, workshops, face paintings, live performances, and Public Library Info table, The Griot: Michael McCarty, Storyteller as... (more)

Tags: caam, synthia saint james, jackee harry, karen malina white, deidrie henry, darryl alan reed, donis leonard jr., eban williamson

Victoria Sanabria Performed at Isla Del Encanto Festival

By Ricky Ricardo, published on Apr 28, 2014

Victoria Sanabria Performs at the Isla Del Encanto Festival

Bell- The 2nd Annual Isla Del Encanto Festival returned to Treder Park, in the City of Bell on Sunday, April 27, 2014. Festival goers were literally able to visit the Enchanted Island of Puerto Rico, if only in their minds.

This family friendly event was produced by California Puerto Rican Parade and Festival. The California Puerto Rican Parade and Festival is a non-profit organization. The organization was founded in 1997 to preserve the history and culture of Puerto Rico in California and to keep our heritage alive... (more)

Tags: city of bell, isla del encanto festival, victoria sanabria, johnny polanco y su conjunto amistad, martin padilla, ricky luis

The City of Inglewood Celebrated Earth Day

By Ricky Ricardo, published on Apr 19, 2014

The City of Inglewood Celebrated Earth Day

Inglewood-While writing this review, I was fortunate to have the song “Earth Day Every Day” by John Denver as a musical accompaniment. This soundtrack was provided by Tanya Torres, Program Host of Canto Sin Fronteras on KPFK 90.7FM in Los Angeles.

A Global celebration of Earth Day falls on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. The City of Inglewood teamed up with the Social Justice Learning Institute for an early celebration of Earth Day on Saturday, April 19th. The title of this wonderful program was “Inglewood Rising: Earth Day Festival 2014.”

... (more)

Tags: city of inglewood, social justice learning institute, sjli, the sledge grits band, kenny lattimore

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

By Ricky Ricardo, published on Apr 14, 2014

Los Angeles Lakers Pau Gasol Soars Over Festival of Books

Los Angeles-The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books held it’s own during the weekend of April 12th and 13th, considering the two huge events taking place South of Los Angeles. The 19th Edition of the Festival, with the theme Inspire Your Fire, took place on the beautiful campus of the University of Southern California (USC).

Over 150,000 book lovers came from near and far to celebrate the written word on this pleasantly warm weekend.

The festival kicked off into high gear with a roaring performance of the USC Marching... (more)

Tags: los angeles lakers, los angeles times, los angeles times festival of books, university of southern california, pau gasol

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