A big thank you to all who attended this year’s Central Avenue Jazz Festival July 30 and 31, 2016. For more than two decades, the annual jazz fest has been a staple for our community—celebrating the area’s rich cultural past, present and future.
It gives me so much joy to see people of all ages and backgrounds embrace this free community event year after year.
I loved seeing our seniors get up and dance to jazz legends like Kenny Burrell and Ernie Andrews, and our youngsters gain a new appreciation for jazz with emerging talents like Ray Goran. This is a festival that truly has something for everyone.
Once again, the festival included three stages of live music; free health screenings; a children’s area; an arts pavilion highlighting artists near and far; resources and information for emerging businesses, entrepreneurs, job seekers and employers; and traditional cuisine from different countries.
But the festivities don’t have to end just yet. I’m pleased to announce that my office is sponsoring two fun contests!
If you fancy yourself as a star of next year’s festival, enter your talents into our “Search for the Next Jazz Star” challenge. In this challenge we’re looking for 2017 jazz festival performers—yes, you could be performing at the 22nd Annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival. For more information, please visit indi.com/centralavejazz/nextjazzstar.
There’s more. We also want to hear about your most memorable jazz fest experience. Was it a favorite performer, some delicious food or your friend breaking down to some serious grooves? There’s still time for you to win an iPod nano, Best Buy gift card, and movie theater tickets. For more information on entering this contest, please visit indi.com/centralavejazz/favmoment.
On July 28, 2016, I had the privilege and honor to dedicate the intersection of Central and Vernon avenues in recognition of John Dolphin and “Dolphin's of Hollywood”—one of the first African-American owned record stores in Los Angeles.
John Dolphin and Dolphin's of Hollywood were instrumental in bringing rhythm and blues to Los Angeles. The special square dedication not only honored a pioneer and institution, but also commemorates the story of Central Avenue.
It gave me much joy to be joined by dozens of people—including family members; Michael Dolphin, John Dolphin's son; and Council District 9 residents—for this wonderful celebration.
Thousands expected at this year’s 4th of July Community Festival
and Fireworks Show at Exposition Park
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — On July 4, Los Angeles City Councilman Curren D. Price, Jr. will host one of the largest and longest firework show in the state—a 30-minute firework spectacle at Exposition Park that includes more than a thousand aerial displays and a tribute to the late singer Prince’s “Purple Rain.”
“It gives me great pleasure to present our community with a top-notch fireworks show in a fun and safe environment where Angelenos of all ages can gather to celebrate the birth of our nation among family, friends and neighbors,” Price said.
The free, family-friendly celebration attracts more than 20,000 Angelenos annually. This year, the community event kicks off on Saturday, July 2 with carnival rides and games from noon-10 p.m. and continues through the 4th of July festivities on Monday, which include live music and entertainment by Radio Free 102.3 KJLH, food trucks, dozens of exhibitors, and much more.
The festivities culminate with what is considered one of the biggest and most attended fireworks show in the Los Angeles region, presented by Pyro Spectaculars.
“We are taking the fireworks display to another level this year by using bigger, more spectacular effects,” said Mike Toskstein, of Pyro Spectaculars. “Families will be treated to special effects that include happy faces with strobing eyes, jellyfish that actually look like jellyfish with tentacles, and ghost shells that appear to illuminate and fade in a wave across the sky.”
Councilman Price reminds Angelenos to leave the fireworks to the professionals and encourages local families to attend a public display. For more information on fireworks safety, please visit the National Fire Protection Association’s website. If you are experiencing any fireworks issues with no fire or injury, please call 1-877-ASK-LAPD. For fire or injury please remember to call 9-1-1 promptly.