Second Annual Grand Ave Festival This Saturday

This Saturday, October 8th, is the second annual Grand Avenue Festival located on Grand Ave between Temple and 5th in Downtown LA. There are a whole bunch of musicians playing along with food from some of Downtown’s best restaurants, free MOCA admission, a mime show, a scavenger hunt and much more. You can find out all the details on the music center website, on the downtown LA BID website or read on for highlights from the email Grand Performances just sent me yesterday.

This Saturday (October 8, 2005) we have the pleasure of bringing five ensembles with a total of 40 musicians to the stage. Playing music from around the world – our offerings for the Second Annual Grand Avenue Festival will give you the opportunity to hear the diverse and wide-ranging talents of some of our city’s most gifted musicians. Rhythmic, melodic, swinging, soaring and celebratory – please join us for a day full of globetrotting delights.

11:00 AM – We come out swinging at the top of the day with the Colburn School Jazz Workshop Monday Night Band’s original compositions and big band standards. No ordinary school ensemble, these young cats are chosen through a rigorous audition process. Make the effort to be here at the beginning of the day – you know the early bird always gets the best!

12:10PM – The Susie Hansen Latin Jazz Band – “A sensational band,…a terrific violinist…Salsa meets jazz with a hot violinist leading the way.” Walberto Escobar, Sabor Magazine

1:20 PM – Lili Haydn vs. Baba G –One of GP’s favorite guest artists, Lili Hayden brings her remarkable violin and vocal talents to the Waterstage, and has invited DJ Baba G, Satnam Ramgotra on Tablas/drums and Leroy Ball on bass to fuse eastern and western music traditions with electronica, dance and rock music.

2:40 PM – Rocky Dawuni – a master of the Afro-roots sounds, Rocky brings the full force of his acclaimed reggae, dub, hip-hop and traditional African rhythms to the stage for a glorious celebration of his compelling dance music. Given the “Ghana’s Cultural Ambassador” award by the US Embassy and the Bokoor Popular African Music Foundation in Accra at the beginning of this year – we are lucky to Rocky and his band living and working in our city.

4:10 PM- String Planet – Novi Novog (viola), Larry Tuttle (chapman stick) and Christo Pellanis (percussion) are making music they describe as classical crossover meets world beat. Lyrical melodies weave through a
percussion foundation to create a lovely blend of 20th century classical, pop music aesthetics and global rhythms