Central Avenue Jazz Fest Returns with Silky Sounds, Multicultural Foods, Interactive Pavilions and Fun for All

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For more than two decades, the FREE Central Avenue Jazz Festival has been a staple for the South Los Angeles community. Returning on July 28-29 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m., the revered summer event honors the historic rich cultural past of Central Avenue—once considered the epicenter of Jazz music. 

The citywide signature event features dozens of performances from Jazz greats and rising stars across four stages along Central Avenue between King Boulevard and Vernon Avenue. However, the festival offers so much more, including interactive pavilions, providing everything from free medical screenings to leads on job opportunities, and even soccer matches for the kids.  

Patrons visiting the pavilions will be treated to:

  • GRoW @ Annenberg Health & Wellness Pavilion will provide free and confidential medical services for everyone in the family including health, vision and dental screenings. Healthy eating tips will be provided, along with cooking demonstrations.
  • Arts Pavilion curated by LA Mancha Gallery, featuring cutting-edge artwork from top artists in Los Angeles, as well as live art demonstrations from local muralists and graffiti artists.
  • The NEW 9th Business & Jobs Pavilion inviting emerging and established business owners, entrepreneurs and job seekers to obtain important information that will guide them down the path to success.
  • Balfour Beatty Youth Pavilion where children can enjoy fun soccer games presented by Street Soccer USA, learn the basics of traditional Cuban Rumba provided by Latin Percussion and a chance to create your own acrylic painting led by the non-profit organization Art Active. There will also be carnival games and arts & crafts.

The two-day celebration will have an array of food trucks and vendors that will provide a variety of multicultural dishes, such as Mexican barbecue, Jamaican cuisine, vegan options and Soul food for purchase.

“We want people to come for the music but stay for the unique experience!” said Councilman Curren Price. “Where else can you get a free summer concert complete with medical screenings, enjoyable physical activities and art classes? This festival truly has something for everybody.”

Each year, the Central Avenue Jazz Festival draws tens of thousands of people to enjoy live entertainment from legends and up-and-coming artists. This year’s all-star lineup includes the following performers:

Festival parking is extremely limited and public transit and ride sharing is highly recommended. For more information on the 23rd Annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival, including artists’ bios, vendor information and shuttle service, please visit www.centralavejazzfest.com or call Councilman Price's Constituent Service Center at 323-846-2651.

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Vital Information to Know for the 23rd Annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival

The upcoming 23rd Annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival returns on Saturday, July 28 and Sunday, July 29 from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. along Central Avenue between Martin Luther King Boulevard and Vernon Avenue.

The two-day festival will celebrate the legacy of jazz on historic Central Avenue featuring music, games, food, art, and informational tents hosted by a variety of non-profit organizations. In addition, a list of food vendors and organizations can be found at www.centralavejazzfest.com. 

Also, please find VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION below, regarding street closures and parking restrictions that will be in effect beginning Friday, July 27 at 10 a.m. until Monday, July 30 at 4 a.m.

  • Central Avenue between MLK Boulevard and Vernon Avenue will be closed to all vehicular traffic. 
  • The following side streets (both West and East sides) will also be closed to vehicular traffic between Central Avenue and the alley entrance: 40th Place, 41st Street, 41st Place, 42nd Street, 42nd Place, 43rd Street and 43rd Place.

All cars parked on these streets will be cited and towed; please refrain from parking in the aforementioned areas to avoid citation.

For more information, please contact the CD 9 Constituent Service Center at 323-846-2651.

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South LA Celebrates 4th of July with a Bang

Thousands of Angelenos joined us at Exposition Park to celebrate America's birthday at this year's Fourth of July Community Festival and Firework Show. 

Attendees enjoyed a magnificent Independence Day filled with delicious food, carnival games, booths, merchants and live music entertainment courtesy of Grammy-nominated hip-hop artist Yoyo, Latin-Jazz and Salsa band Conganas, R&B singer Jade Novah, and others!

But the cherry on top was seeing our beautiful, diverse families from every background gather to celebrate our nation's fundamental principles and central democratic values.

To view all photos from the 4th of July festivities, please visit the CD 9 Flickr page here.

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