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Target Arts & Wonder Free Family Festival

Grand Annex
Saturday, July 17, 2010 - Sunday, July 18, 2010
Saturday: 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Sunday: 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM


Family Friendly

This summer we invite you to join us at the Target Arts & Wonder Free Family Event on July 17-18, 2010. At over 80 institutions in 30 cities across the country, Target is offering free music and arts activities on the third weekend in July for arts and music lovers of all ages.

As part of this national effort Target is sponsoring a summer weekend of spectacular music from around the world in San Pedro at Peck Park. This outdoor event, produced by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Grand Vision Foundation, Duval Productions, and Angels Gate Cultural Center, will feature nine amateur and professional music groups and a variety of art activities and food vendors for people of all ages to enjoy.

Master of Ceremonies, Geoff "Double G" Gallegos, musician and musical director of the daKAH Hip Hop Orchestra will be on stage to announce our talented guests. Saturday's exciting line-up includes: the Taiko Center of Los Angeles, La Charanga Cubana, Spirit Chorale of Los Angeles, and Sacred Fire. It's a day of powerful drums, danceable charanga and salsa, inspirational gospel plus an over-the-top tribute to Santana!

On Sunday, the Lyons Academy of Irish Dance will open the stage followed by two bands from the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Los Angeles Harbor. Bonne Musique Zydeco and Nu Pan Groove Ensemble will perform throughout the day. The weekend closes with La Santa Cecilia, one of Los Angeles' most in demand new bands, combining elements from Cumbia to Tango and more. It's an afternoon of Irish dance, steel drum rhythms, high energy Cajun zydeco and Latin rhythms!

On both days, a Family Arts Tent will be an active center where artists from Angels Gate Cultural Center will lead a variety of projects for young people, ages 4-12. Children will be able to make puppets, straw whistles, sculptures, and weave baskets during this free event. Artists Robin Bott, Tim Donovan, Susan Rawcliffe, and Jayn Ghormley will lead these projects in the Family Arts Tent.

It's an up-beat weekend of music and arts for all. Bring blankets, chairs and picnic lunches. Enjoy the free performances!

About the Partners Target supports education and encourages learning outside the classroom. By opening the doors to art institutions from coast to coast — for free — Target hopes to foster a lifelong love of learning in children and make the arts more affordable and accessible for families.

The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs generates and supports high quality arts and cultural experiences for Los Angeles residents and visitors. DCA advances the social and economic impact of the arts and assures access to arts and cultural experiences through grant making, marketing, public and community arts programming, arts education, and creating partnerships with artists and arts and cultural organizations in every community in the City of Los Angeles.

Angels Gate Cultural Center is a place of creative discovery, exploration, and enlightenment, providing the Southern California community and visitors from around the world with opportunities for enrichment and education through a year-round schedule of gallery exhibitions, classes, and international residencies. In addition, the Center provides professional work-studio space for 52 artists, including musicians, ceramists, painters, sculptors, writers, photographers, printmakers and jewelers.

Duval Productions was launched in 2001, to create, develop, and manage Special Events. As a turn-key production and entertainment company, the company's goal is to serve government and the corporate and private sectors with special events services. Whether it is a concert, a presentation for a large audience, an expo/convention, a fundraiser, a gala, or a corporate or intimate private party for your employees or clients, Duval Productions can handle all the needs and elements to make clients' visions a reality.

Grand Vision Foundations' (GVF) mission is to preserve and promote the historic Warner Grand Theatre and foster artistic, cultural, and educational activities in the Theatre and the Harbor/South Bay area of Los Angeles. GVF produces live concerts, films, performances and special events at the historic Warner Grand Theatre and at the Grand Annex, the 100-seat listening room - bringing world sounds and innovative and contemporary performance to the heart of San Pedro.

Thanks to Target, visitors can visit Peck Park on July 17 and July 18, and enjoy a weekend of FREE family music and arts activities.

For further information and a complete Target Arts & Wonder Free Family Event schedule please contact Deborah Lewis at Deborah@angelsgateart.org or Taran Schindler at Taran@grandvision.org or by calling 310.519.0936 or by visiting: http://www.grandvision.org

About the Performers Bonne Musique Zydeco Bonne Musique Zydeco (BMZ) draws upon the style of traditional Cajun and Creole musicians from Louisiana and east Texas. BJ Deculus, a native of Louisiana, bass player and leader of BMZ, founded the band in 1991 and has gained a strong reputation on the West Coast for bringing people of all ages and cultures out to dance.

La Charanga Cubana Edgar Hernandez's La Charanga Cubana is an exciting orchestra of percussion, bass, violins, keyboard, flute, and vocals. Very popular throughout Los Angeles and Southern California, their infectious groove of Cuban jazz-pop defines the high energy charanga style.

La Santa Cecilia La Santa Cecilia combines up-tempo cumbia and bossa nova with nostalgic bolero and tango and samples everything in between. With lead vocals delivered by the charismatic one-named Marisoul, La Santa Cecilia's colorful live shows are fun, danceable fiestas. La Santa Cecilia's music has been featured on several television and radio programs including the Emmy award-winning series "Weeds" and KPFK's "Travel Tips For Aztlan."

Lyons Academy of Irish Dance Meredith Lyons is a world-class Irish step-dancer. She is instructor to a talented group of dancers, aged 5 to young adult — at the Angels Gate Cultural Center in San Pedro, CA. Her dancers have performed throughout the South Bay. Recently they have been the opening act for the 2009 Traditional Irish Music series at the Grand Annex in San Pedro.

Nu Pan Groove Steel Drum Band Originating from the Island of Trinidad in the Caribbean, the Steel Drums are handmade from 55 gallon oil drums and are the only acoustic instruments invented in the 20th century. The Steel Drum, or Pan, is often associated with the styles of calypso and reggae. Nu Pan Groove brings these sounds to life plus jazz, salsa, bossa nova, samba, and more!

Sacred Fire Sacred Fire is L.A.'s premier Santana Tribute Band, celebrating the ethnic sound of Southern California. The full sound of this phenomenal seven-piece ensemble is a sure party favorite for all ages! Their set includes all the classics as well as Santana's most popular tunes from his recent award-winning albums. Hear Maria Maria, Smooth, Oye Como Va, Black Magic Woman and more favorites.

The Spirit Chorale of Los Angeles Led by NAACP Theater Image Award winner Byron J. Smith, Spirit Chorale celebrates over 16 years of preserving music of African-American composers and the Negro spirituals. Spirit Chorale has received critical acclaim for their performances before the American Choral Directors Association, The National Association of Negro Musicians and other audiences. They have also performed with artists such as Wynton Marsallis, Clifton Davis, and Della Reese. Spirit Chorale has plans for a third European tour plus a tour of Japan.

Taiko Center of Los Angeles (TCLA) The Taiko Center of Los Angeles brings the traditions of the powerful taiko drum, Japanese folk rhythms and songs to contemporary audiences with a new blend of fusion. TCLA was founded by Rev. Shuichi Thomas Kurai in 1996. TCLA has over 100 active participants from all walks of life with two ensembles that perform throughout Southern California, the U.S., and Japan.