Taking Place This Week

September 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

From a 2-day Latin Jazz Festival to a workshop on Alzheimer research, here’s a look at the week ahead.

Los Coyotes - (led by Cesar Rosas and David Hidlago of Los Lobos) will close out the festival, Sunday, Sept. 24 at 5:30 p.m.

Los Coyotes – (led by Cesar Rosas and David Hidlago of Los Lobos) will close out the festival, Sunday, Sept. 24 at 5:30 p.m.

Featured Event: Saturday, Sept. 23 & Sunday, Sept. 24 –Councilman Gil Cedillo’s 4th Annual Latin Jazz & Music Festival at Sycamore Grove Park (4702 N. Figueroa, LA 90042). Free Admission. Two days of live music: (Sat) Joe Batann, Susie Hansen Latin Band, Jimmy Imperial, Soul Sauce, Plaza de la Raza Youth Ensemble, (Sun) Hola Youth Ensemble, Cold Duck, Arturo O’Farrill Quartet, & Lobos Coyotes Blues Band. For more info, visit www.GilCedillo.com.


Today, Sept. 21

7-8:30pm–Eagle Rock Disaster Preparedness Neighborhood Meeting at Eagle Rock City Hall. Help create Eagle Rock’s disaster response plans & build volunteer neighborhood response teams ready to take action when a disaster strikes. ER City Hall is located at 20135 Colorado Blvd, LA 90041. Register at Eventbrite.com: https://cert2-eaglerockmeeting.

3pm–Workshop on Latest Alzheimer Research at the Montebello Library. Hear from researchers about the latest findings related to causes, symptoms, available and future treatments for Alzheimer’s disease. Presented by Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles. No charge. Library is located at 15550 W. Beverly Blvd., Montebello 90640. For more info, call (323) 722-6551.


Saturday, Sept. 23

8am–Ascot Hills Challenge – 5K Run/Walk in El Sereno. Finisher medal, t-shirt, food, entertainment & more. Location: Ascot Hills Park, 4371 Multnonah St., LA 90032. Register at AscotHills.com.

4-7pm–Eagle Neighborhood Picnic and Movie Night at Yosemite Park: 1840 Yosemite Dr. LA 90041. “Beauty and the Beast” screens at 7:30pm. Free admission. Bouncy house& kids activities. Bring a blanket or chair. Presented by Councilman Jose Huizar & ERNC. For more info, call (323) 254-5295.


Community Meeting on 710 Freeway Project Draft EIR Sept. 28 in Huntington Park Hosted by East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice. Discuss information & alternatives in report for expanding the 710 Fwy through East/Southeast LA. Provide official comment on the DEIR. Time: 6-9pm. Location: Huntington Park Community Center, 6925 Salt Lake Ave, Huntington Park 90255. For more info,

4th Annual Highland Park Independent Film Festival Oct. 5-8. Event features submissions by local filmmakers from Highland Park and Northeast Los Angeles. Location: Highland Park Theater. For more information, visit http://www.HPIFILMFEST.com

Latin Jazz and Music Fest Returns to Sycamore Park

September 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Now in its fourth consecutive year, the annual Latin Jazz and Music Festival returns to Sycamore Grove Park in Northeast Los Angeles this weekend for two days of music that fuse the artistry of jazz with the warmth and vitality of Latin rhythms and soul.

Afro-Latin Jazz master Arturo O’ Farrill comes to Highland Park this weekend.

Afro-Latin Jazz master Arturo O’ Farrill comes to Highland Park this weekend.

The festival, hosted by L.A. City Councilman Gil Cedillo, opens at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23rd with a showcase performance by the Plaza de la Raza Youth Ensemble and concludes on Sunday, the 24th with a highly anticipated performance by Los Coyotes Blues Band, featuring members of the legendary, multiple Grammy Award-winning Los Lobos.

According to Fredy Cejas, Cedillo’s communications director, the festival is an opportunity for the community to enjoy great local musical acts in a relaxed outdoor setting.

“We want to continue the tradition of bringing diverse bands and our diverse constituents together,” says Cejas, who adds that including community-based youth performances helps ensure the festival is “being inclusive of our own local talent and giving them exposure.”

 Los Coyotes - (led by Cesar Rosas and David Hidlago of Los Lobos) will close out the festival, Sunday, Sept. 24 at 5:30 p.m.

Los Coyotes – (led by Cesar Rosas and David Hidlago of Los Lobos) will close out the festival, Sunday, Sept. 24 at 5:30 p.m.

On top of two days of free, live performances, an onsite community resource fair will bring city departments and non-profit groups together for the community to explore, Cejas adds.

Festivalgoers will be treated to a range of nationally and internationally prominent acts, from the Susie Hansen Latin Band, led by the renowned electric violinist and Saturday headliner Joe Bataan, a legendary New York salsero whose distinctive “salsoul” blend of salsa and R & B has packed dance and concert halls on both coasts and in Europe for decades.

On Sunday, Cold Duck, an eight-piece Southern California orchestra with a sterling reputation for versatility and musical showmanship will take the stage at 2:50 p.m. They are followed by the Arturo O’Farrill Quartet, fronted by the pianist, composer and director of the acclaimed Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra. The son of famed Latin jazz musician, arranger and bandleader Chico O’Farrill, Arturo is a leading exponent of Latin Jazz worldwide.

Introduced by Cedillo in 2014 as a festival designed to reflect Highland Park’s “authentic character and vibe,” the celebration was also intended to appeal to the area’s young people and the local area’s large Latino population.

Event sponsors include Paramount Pictures, Coca-Cola, nonprofit El Centro del Pueblo, Big Belly Smart City Solutions, Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

The festival is accessible to mobility challenged guests and attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs, umbrellas, and picnic blankets to sit on.

Off-street parking is available, but guests are strongly encouraged to take the Metro Gold Line to the Southwest Museum Station with access directly across the street from the park.

Sycamore Grove Park is located at 4702 N. Figueroa St., Highland Park 90042. For a complete list of performers and the two-day schedule, visit www.GilCedillo.com.

Megan Razzetti contributed to this story.

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