Photo of Ozomatli, courtesy of the 6th Annual Uptown Jazz Festival.
UPDATE | Alongside Ozomatli and DW3, an eclectic lineup of local and regional acts will perform at the Uptown Jazz Festival in Houghton Park on Saturday, June 24.
Announced this week by Vice Mayor Rex Richardson, artists Elaine Gibbs & Nu Soul, Susie Hansen Latin Band, The Alvin Hayes, Jr. and Friends and Shy but Flyy and the All Starz will take the stage during the festival, bringing R&B, Latin Jazz and hip hop to Long Beach.
A finalist on Season 1 of the X Factor, Elaine Gibbs has been singing since she turned 13, and is a writer, producer and performer known for her wide-ranging and emotive vocals. Susie Hansen Latin Band will play traditional salsa in Spanish, original salsa and Latin jazz compositions, Cuban Charanga music and more.
Long Beach native Alvin Hayes, Jr. is plays the saxophone, flute, clarinet and other members of the woodwind family. An accomplished jazz musician, Hayes, Jr. has been listed on the Billboard Magazine Jazz charts, according to the announcement. Shy But Flyy’s style has progressed over time from hip hop and R&B to new-soul, spoken word and blues. Shy will be accompanied by her band Shy But Flyy and The All Starz.
The festival is free and open to the public. All are encouraged to bring blankets and low lawn chairs. No canopies will be allowed. For more information, call (562) 570-6137 or visit the Facebook event page here.
PREVIOUSLY: Ozomatli and DW3 to Headline 6th Annual Uptown Jazz Festival
5/25/17 at 11:41AM | Long Beach Vice Mayor Rex Richardson, in partnership with District 7 Councilmember Robert Uranga, announced Wednesday that the 6th Annual Uptown Jazz Festival will take place on Saturday, June 24 at Houghton Park.
“I'm pleased to partner with Vice Mayor Richardson for this year's Uptown Jazz Festival,” Councilmember Uranga said in a statement. “This annual event is always a memorable day, and brings Long Beach together to enjoy great bands, great company, and great food.”
The headliners this year are Ozomatli, the Los Angeles-based band whose latest recording, Nonstop: Mexico → Jamaica, an album of classic and contemporary Mexican hits reimagined with a Jamaican feel, is full of the music that many of the band members grew up listening to. Their success as the “Dioses del Baile,” or “Gods of Dance,” represents the city and the region’s eclectic culture.
DW3 is a Southern California R&B, funk and contemporary urban jazz powerhouse. This will be the sixth year the ensemble has performed at the Uptown Jazz Festival, bringing the latin soul-inspired and harmonious voices of DamonReel, Eric and William Mondragon to the stage.
“The Uptown Jazz Festival is always a fun way to celebrate our community, listen to great music, and kick off the summer,” Vice Mayor Richardson said in a statement. “This year, I am thrilled to bring the high energy and renowned band Ozomatli and local favorite DW3 to Uptown. It’s going to be a great show that the entire family can enjoy!”
The festival will take place from 11:00AM to 7:30PM at Houghton Park, and is free and open to the public. The community can come to the park and enjoy music, food trucks, vendor booths, a Kids Zone, and more. All are encouraged to bring blankets and low-seated lawn chairs, however canopies are not allowed.
Houghton Park is located at 6301 Myrtle Avenue.