Sat, October 20, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
| El Serano Community Arts

Updating and reinvigorating the lively son jarocho music of Veracruz, Mexico, Conjunto Jardín specializes in presenting this style to a broad audience and features a female requinto player. "Instantly captivating, generating dancing in the aisles—a superb example of the manner in which traditional music and dance continue to have the power to reach out and gather in new, receptive audiences." —Don Heckman, Los Angeles Times

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Mon, July 30, 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
| The Topenga Public Library

Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band have been crowned the first Americans to win a Latin Grammy Award in the children’s album category. Garnering six Emmy® Nominations and one win for their work on their PBS show Lishy Lou and Lucky Too, husband and wife duo Lucky Diaz and Alisha Gaddis have been named “The face of kindie music” by The Washington Post, “Superstars” by Red Tricycle, “The Rolling Stones of kids music” by the Style Network, and People Magazine called their album “Number one in coolest kids music.”

Sat, September 15, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
| Crozier Middle School

The Susie Hansen Band plays Afro-Cuban Latin jazz and salsa with Susie Hansen on electric jazz violin and vocals. Her band has three lead vocalists, a dynamic Latin rhythm section, and a horn section of tenor sax/flute, trombone, and trumpet. They play great danceable salsa, cumbia, merengue, Latin jazz, mambo, cha cha cha, charanga, bolero, samba, and more. They're a well-known and popular group in Southern California, playing 150 events per year since 1990. As Susie likes to say, “We aim for the feet!” They keep the dance floor full!

Sat, July 14, 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
| East Rancho Dominguez Park

This group of individual mariachi musicians is truly an all-star mariachi made up of the best around the world. Many of Mariachi Espectacular’s members also produce, compose, arrange, and record. Grammy® Award-winning producer Beto Jimenez's idea when forming the group was to bring the highest level of mariachi talent together. They have recorded one CD entitled Pura Tradicion. This is an all-male group, but able to add in a female vocalist/musician to the ensemble upon request.

Thu, July 12, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
| Jesse Owens Park

Michael Haggins Band combines jazz and R&B to generate a smooth funk sound. The group plays original music and covers songs by Stevie Wonder, Anita Baker, Sade, and R&B classics from the '70s and '80s. The group has performed at the Playboy Jazz Festival, the legendary Spaghettini Grill & Jazz Club in Seal Beach, and many other Southern California events and festivals, such as those presented by 94.7 The Wave and KJLH radio station. Michael is a successful contemporary bass player and songwriter from Pasadena with major music placements of his original songs. Credits include the movie soundtracks for Hall Pass and The First Time, as well as NBC’s Community, ABC’s Happy Endings, FOX’s Raising Hope and New Girl, HBO’s Ray Donovan, MSNBC's Morning Show Wake Up With Al,The Weather Channel, and KTLA-TV Morning News Show.

Thu, August 2, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
| Roosevelt Park

Directed and founded by trumpet player Cindy Shea in 1999, under the musical direction of Grammy® Award-winning Alberto "Beto" Jimenez Maeda, the Mariachi Divas have made big waves on the national and international music scene. A two-time Grammy Award winner, with five Grammy nominations and two Latin Grammy nominations, the Mariachi Divas are a multicultural all-female ensemble imbued with the true flavor of Los Angeles. In addition, the Mariachi Divas have been performing regularly at Disneyland Resort since 2003. All together, the Divas discography includes 10 albums released through Shea Records and East Side Records. This year marks the 15th anniversary of the founding of the Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea. Their music can be found on iTunes.

Sat, August 4, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
| East Rancho Dominguez Library

Grammy® award winner, Rosalie Elena Rodriguez, is no stranger to the blending of Latin American roots and rhythms. A Mexican-American, Puerto Rican-native of California and a third generation Mariachi musician, she is uniquely gifted with a sultry style that blends tropical, afro-peruvian, jazz, and mariachi flavors. Her first solo album, Frente a Frente, opens the door to the intimacy of love, loss, and pain while seamlessly fusing traditional Cuban and Mexican bolero with the Afro-rooted Peruvian sounds of the Cajón

Sun, August 19, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
| Center for the Arts Eagle Rock

Accompanied by her accordion, her toy piano, and a fiery band, LA-based chanteuse and songwriter Jessica Fichot draws from her multi-ethnic French/Chinese/American heritage to create an intoxicating multilingual fusion of French chanson, Shanghai jazz, gypsy swing, and international folk. With three acclaimed albums under her belt (Le Chemin, Le Secret, and Dear Shanghai), Jessica has brought her music to audiences around the world–regularly performing in China, Mexico, Canada, Western Europe, and the United States. Jessica’s music has been hailed as "enchantingly original" by LA Weekly and "a glittering testament to L.A.’s multiculturalism" by LA Times.

Fri, August 31, 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM
| Levitt Pavillion Los Angeles in MacArthur Park

Conceived as a one-off Afro Latin funk jam between friends in 2011, Los Angeles' Jungle Fire has quickly and steadily become an explosive 10-piece Tropi-Funk juggernaut lighting up sold out dance floors and music festivals in several continents. Since the release of their initial 7" singles on the Ohio-based Colemine Records through the release of their full-length debut LP Tropicoso via Los Angeles' Nacional Records, Jungle Fire's unique blend of West African dance music (especially the stylings of Fela Kuti and Many Dibango), North American Funk and Afro-Caribbean rhythms has been a favorite of well known DJs and taste makers worldwide, including the likes of Craig Charles and Gilles Peterson (BBC), the Paris DJs (France), Rich Medina, Cut Chemist, and NPR (to name a few). Juno Records (UK) has summed up the band's live show experience by stating: "Few bands live up to their name in the way Jungle Fire do; fusing Cumbia, Afrobeat, and trad funk, each Jungle Fire jam blazes the floor with real power." Consisting of musicians who have played, recorded, and/or toured with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Ozomatli, De La Soul, Celia Cruz, LCD Soundsystem, U2, and Big Daddy Kane (among many others), their sound is a direct reflection of the musical and cultural landscape of the city they call home—a highly explosive musical cocktail ready to ignite lovers of funky beats worldwide!

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