The 20th Central Avenue Jazz Festival Arts Pavilion

Project Description

Los Angeles was once host to a thriving jazz scene that centered on Central Avenue, especially around the recently-revamped Dunbar Hotel that hosted Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Cab Calloway and Lena Horne. The Central Avenue Jazz Festival has been continuing that legacy each summer since the mid-1990s. This year Central Avenue Jazz Festival turns 20 and will be celebrating the only way we know how, BIG!

This year La Mancha Gallery has been asked once again to participate in organizing the Festival’s Arts Pavilion, where we will house the most impressive collective of artists in Los Angeles.
the 20th Annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival! Thousands of Angelenos will gather July 25 and 26 in the Vernon-Central neighborhood of South Los Angeles for the 20th Annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival, in a celebration of community and music. This free community festival, which celebrates the rich cultural history of Los Angeles’ Central Avenue, kicks off Saturday, July 25th at 11:30 a.m. on Central Avenue, between 42nd and 43rd streets, in front of the newly renovated historic Dunbar Hotel.

Year line up of Musicians include:
LAUSD Beyond The Bell All-City Jazz Big Band, Kamasi Washington, Ernie Andrews, Alfredo Rodriguez Trio, Gerald Wilson Orchestra, Poncho Sanchez, Jazz America, Barbara Morrison, John Beasley & MONK ‘estra, Arturo O’Farrill Quintet, Kenny Burrell Big Band, Aaron Shaw Quintet, Christopher Astoquilca A-Tet, Braxton Cook Quartet, Ray Goran, Tony White Quintet, Jamael Dean Quintet, Dayren Santamaria & Made In Cuba, Ryan Porter Group, A Place Called Home, Beyond the Bell Combo, Devin Daniels, A Place Called Home, La Mancha Gallery,  and more to be announced …

The festival takes place on several blocks of Central Avenue, south of Martin Luther King Boulevard, which includes the Dunbar Hotel for two days, there are many booths with food, arts and crafts, as well as community outreach programs. The festival is free of charge. This event takes place on Saturday, July 25th and Sunday, July 26th from 11am to 7pm.

Contributions for this event included a 30’x80′ foot tent that will house cutting-edge art from top artists in Los Angeles as well as live muralists and graffiti artists. Curated by Omar Holguin of La Mancha Gallery, the selected artwork ranging from all sizes and mediums included talented artists like Ron Zeno, Mohammed Mubarak, Philippe Previl, Oscar Magallanes, Kevin T. Williams, Nestor Rodriguez, Neneki “Nick” McGee, Luis Genaro Garcia, Wendell Wiggins, Ngene Mwaura, Darren Smith-Robinson, Arturo Esparza, Katherine Arion and many, many more..

This free community festival, which celebrates the rich cultural history of Los Angeles’ Central Avenue by offering the the following community free services.
Youth Pavilion. Featuring arts & crafts, face painting, interactive musical activities, educational demonstrations, and the LA Galaxy Star Squad and Futboleros.
Health & Wellness Pavilion Offers blood pressure and health screenings, guides for healthy eating, and vision tests for children.
Arts Pavilion See what our local artists from near and far have been creating. La Mancha Gallery will be hosting a 30×80 foot tent filled with local artists and world renown talent aw well. There will be art for purchase, as well as, live art demonstrations by local artists.
Business & Work Source Pavilion Resources and information will be available on site for emerging businesses, entrepreneurs, job seekers and employers.

 Project Details

Client: CD9 District
Date: 7.26.2015
Skills: Curatorial Assistance, Art Installation, Social Media Marketing, Community Event

Curatorial Feature

Curated by Omar Holguin the selected artwork ranging from all sizes and mediums will include taletned artists like Ron Zeno, Mohammed Mubarak, Philippe Previl, Oscar Magallanes, Kevin T. Williams, Nestor Rodriguez, Neneki “Nick” McGee, Luis Genaro Garcia, Wendell Wiggins, Ngene Mwaura, Darren Smith-Robinson, Arturo Esparza, Katherine Arion and many, many more.

Art Exhibit

Art Installation Feature

La Mancha Gallery set up will included 20’×80′ foot tent that  housed the art installation from cutting-edge art from top artists in Los Angeles as well as 8 live painters, muralists and graffiti artists. The art installation by Stephen M. Gates will be set against the backdrop aesthetic of black tubes, colorful hats and lampshades with white trees accents.

Art Installation

20th Central Avenue Jazz Festival Arts Pavilion Photo Gallery

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