Originally proclaimed “Black Music Month” by President Jimmy Carter on June 7, 1979, and later renamed by President Barack Obama, the African-American Music Appreciation Month is a commemoration that takes place annually in the US, throughout the month of June. U.S.
In recognition of African-American Music Appreciation Month, the Black Business Association
"You believe happiness to be derived from the place in which once you have been happy, but in truth, it is centered in ourselves." -Franz Schubert
On May 20th, we watched Jeffrey Kahane, music director and conductor of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), bring Schubert and Mozart back to life
Famed Salsa legend and Hollywood choreographer turned mega event planner Albert Torres has died.
Torres who grew up between New York and Puerto Rico told Downtown Weekly in a recent interview that as a kid he once swayed away from his Latino heritage until fate led him to his mother's record
The State Theatre Building on South Broadway served many a function over the many decades it has stood. Never before has it been a musical instrument.
William Close changed all that on January 28, in a series of performances. Starting at 5pm and then every hour on the hour after that, until
Oakland native, now east Los Angeleno, Grammy award winning and super soulful artist and musician RAPHAEL SAADIQ is now in rehearsal to rock DTLA into the new year of 2017, and he is excited!
“I’m definitely excited about celebrating in L.A. I rarely play in L.A., so it feels good to
Friday, November 11, 2016 will see downtown's REDCAT premiere of a unique musical quartet Gnarwallaby. Their name was coined by New Orleans native and quartet co-founder Matt Barbier who enjoys a taste for obscure puns—in this case by creating a brand new mythological beast. His combination of a narwhal and wallaby
This past weekend gave DTLA a chance to dress up like a different character each day, from Thursday until Sunday, but true ghouls and ghosts know it's Hallow’s Eve and Halloween Night that make for the best witching hours. So, if rainy days and Mondays get you down, but Halloween
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s (LACO) Baroque Conversations spotlights the harpsichord, hurdy-gurdy and musette in an evening led by LACO Principal Keyboard Patricia Mabee and featuring Curtis Berak, one of the world’s leading hurdy-gurdyists, and musette player Bruce Teter on Thursday, November 3, 2016, 7 pm, at Zipper Concert Hall in
Mellow Man Ace took the world by storm with his 90s feel good rap song, “Mentirosa” about a troubled lover who’s girlfriend couldn’t seem to tell the truth. As the first bi-lingual rap song, ever, Ace kicked the door down to the future of Latin influence in Hip Hop. Now
Downtown Los Angeles has become something different for everybody mostly depending on what era they relate to. For some, it’s the promise of a new downtown, with a strengthened LBGT community, lavish loft living, grand markets, museums, skyscrapers with thrill rides, and the inevitability of a mega metropolis with amenities
Maceo Hernandez began playing Taiko when he was in the 7th grade after he witnessed a local taiko group perform at a friends wedding. His Taiko training began at Montebello Sozenji Bhuddist Temple and soon Maceo found himself a member of Japan’s world renowned Taiko group Ondekoza becoming one of
When did you first come to Downtown and what brought you here?
We opened our shop in Chinatown on July 11th, 2011. I’ve always loved the area because of it’s proximity to to all the freeways and surrounding neighborhoods that happen to be the home of numerous well known musicians
Chantae Cann’s music isn’t just art for art’s sake. It’s art for the sake of living. The jazz and soul vocalist brings her unique blend of sound and personal story to the Blue Whale in Little Tokyo on June 15th.
Downtown Weekly had an opportunity to catch up with her during
When it comes to jazz, no one would deny that Los Angeles does not quite possess the cachet of either New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz, or New York, long recognized by musicians and fans alike as the music's international “capitol city.” But while the LA jazz scene may not