Santa Monica Lookout
|Jazz on the Lawn Returns to Santa Monica||
| By Lookout Staff
July 20, 2016 -- Santa Monica's Jazz on the Lawn summer concert series returns for its 11th year next month with a lineup that offers everything from the kosher to the exotic, City officials announced Tuesday.
The series -- which takes place Sundays in August from 5 to 7 p.m. at Stewart Street Park -- offers "fun, family-friendly concerts (that)encourage people of all ages to dance or kick back and enjoy lively music," event organizers said.
The series kicks off August 7 with La Sirena y Orquesta Mar de Ashé, an "upbeat, move-your-feet salsa/Latin dance band with a big brass sound and distinctive vocal harmonies," event organizers said.
The 11-piece orchestra led by vocalist, composer and arranger, La Sirena, features three vocalists and a brasss section driven by traditional Latin percussion, according to the band's promotional material.
The band plays covers and originals in a variety of Latin styles that include Salsa, Latin Jazz, Bachata, Merengue, Cumbia, Cha Cha, Son and Bolero.
The music turns Kosher August 14 when the Jewish cultural revival band, Mostly Kosher, explores "a radical fusion of jazz, Latin, rock, hip hop and folk," organizers said.
The LA-based band "radically reconstructs Judaic and American cultural musical roots" and blends "post-klezmer beats and arresting Yiddish refrains" with eclectic musical styles, according to the band's promotional material.
On August 21, the music sways toward the Brazilian with MôForró, a seven-piece group that plays "hip-swivelin’ dance music in the traditional, rootsy style of Brazilian forró," according to event organizers.
The series concludes August 28 with Venezuela OMG, a seven-piece band that blends "upbeat Caribbean music with the exotic folk rhythms of Venezuela, bringing the tropics of South America to Southern California," organizers said.
Attendees can bring a picnic or sample from eclectic menus offered for sale by a variety of food trucks.
Stewart Street Park, 1836 Stewart Street, features a playground for children, restrooms and accessible parking. Free bike valet will be offered starting at 4 p.m. and free parking is available after 3:30 p.m.
The series is presented by the Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division, which supports "engaging and accessible cultural events for all ages throughout the year," officials said.
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